Questions tagged [equipment-recommendation]

Equipment recommendation questions should be specific about budget and goals, yet general enough to be useful to as many readers as possible. Equipment recommendation answers should be worded to be as useful as possible to the broadest range of readers, and when possible account for future price drops (for bargain hunters looking for a cheap "older" camera) to improve the longevity of such topics.

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When would lack of auto-exposure bracketing (AEB) be a deal-breaker for an entry-level DSLR? [closed]

I am a beginner to DSLR, and I am currently shooting with Nikon Coolpix. As an upgrade I am looking to buy D3400. I checked its specs and seems like AEB is missing. Is it really needed for a beginner ...
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How to take good pictures of wildlife at a distance?

I have been doing some research on what camera I should use for travel photography of animals at a distance, such as on safari. I am very limited on ability to use a 'hardcore' camera, but I have a ...
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Lens for Astrophotography/Landscape in a D5500 [closed]

I just got started in photography this year, and I am looking to buy my first lens. I am mostly focused in astrophotography (meaning pictures of the night sky, not through a telescope) and landscape ...
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What lenses for a current system can I use with a Nikon 1 series camera?

I have a V1 that I'll eventually be upgrading. In the meantime, I was hoping to purchase some lenses that I can use with an adapter for the V1, but then will be able to use with my future camera ...
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What Lens to Buy [duplicate]

I'm a veteran hobbyist photography with a so-so photography IQ in the moment, by no means a settings expert. I often shoot landscapes and wildlife, but also will be taking pictures for my university's ...
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Permanent, personal data storage solutions for high resolution photography [duplicate]

>3TB HDD with SATA and/or USB3.0 HDDs are so cheap these days. You can get 4-6TB drives from Western Digital and Seagate for under $150. Affordable and high-volume. Sounds appealing. You could set up ...
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Photography of Space ships [closed]

How do I photograph Extraterrestrial vehicles in the sky? Do I need infrared or some other type of lens? Is there a certain spectrum or wavelength that I need to use?
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(Used) DSLR for around $250 [closed]

As a student my budget is pretty limited, but I would like to get into photography as a hobby. I've used a Canon EOS1300d of a relative for some time and had great fun with it. I would not consider ...
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Is there any value in full 'beginner's kit bundles'?

If I were buying my first "serious" camera, is there any value in buying a "full beginner's kit" like the below or should I just buy the camera with the kit lens? The full kit costs about $100 (or 10%)...
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What is the difference between the Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300 DX lenses?

I am a new photographer and investigating entry-level Nikon telephoto lenses for possible purchase. (I already have the 18-55 kit lens.) I am confused about their telephoto zoom offerings. If I want ...
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How to automate a camera to take two pictures every hour for 24 hours, with each picture spaced apart by 15 seconds?

I would like to automate a camera to do what asked in the title. The camera will be in a fixed location looking at a colony of water fleas. I know about time lapses to take a picture every hour, and ...
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Would upgrading to a full frame Camera be worthwhile with just one lens?

I'm in the Canon system. Would you buy an entry level full frame camera like 6D II having only one FF lens (50 1.8 prime)? I don't have money to buy both the body and the lens at the same time, but ...
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Canon Wireless Flash Options

I recently changed cameras from 7D to 5DM4 and the only real disappointment is the absence of wireless flash control. This was great on the 7D and allowed me to communicate with my 420EX Speedlite off-...
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Is there a specific term for a tripod on wheels with handbrake in handle?

A while back, I used a tripod which was on wheels, but had a handbrake built into the handle which made it quick and painless to unlock, move, relock the tripod into place. Additionally, for video ...
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Lighting Question- How do I achieve pictures such as these? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d5500 and a 55-200mm lens. I'm hoping to get pictures like these for a project- my main hang up is lighting? What sort of equipment should I use and are there any specific angles? ...
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Does the camera matter?

A while ago I came across this post: https://kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm And also found this one: https://kenrockwell.com/tech/not-about-your-camera.htm My first reaction was "what a load of ...
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Automatic Picture at the Finish Line

I would like to take pictures of my cross country team as they cross the finish line (with the clock in the picture). I am thinking that I will need a laser beam to be broken as they cross the line ...
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What to consider for a second film camera? [closed]

I currently use a Pentax K1000 camera, which uses 35mm film. I really love this camera. I like that it's really "easy" to use, the light meter is good, and batteries are easy to find for it. I don't ...
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Are there alternate flash modules for the Lytro Illum 40 megaray camera?

I own the Lytro Illum 40 megaray light field optic camera and I wanted to add a flash module to it. I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to what are the possible alternate lash modules to ...
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What kind of setup do I need to take better pictures of tattoos?

I know some barebones about photography but almost nothing about the gear market. I'm a tattooer, and I have an old D40 with a 35mm f/1.8 Prime lens I've been using for forever. I'm always ...
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Advice for a mirrorless camera [duplicate]

My DSLR camera (with its lenses) got stolen and I want to buy a digital camera: more precisely, a mirrorless camera. I would like to make: street photography above all head shots, full body shots, ...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

The Canon EOS 4000D and the Canon EOS 1300D seem to me to have the same specs and mount the same lenses, but the second one is cheaper. Is there any risk in buying a camera which is going to go out of ...
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How to balance Canon 750D with 70-300mm lens on a small tripod?

I have ordered a Neewer 50 cm (20 inch) mini tripod for my Canon 750D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens. The tripod is suitable for up to 5 kg. However, I am not sure that the weight is the ...
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Best Camera To Purchase for my Vacation [closed]

I'm going on a few vacations soon and am thinking about purchasing a new camera. Currently I just use my iPhone 6s. I've been searching the internet endlessly it seems and have came across these few ...
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What gear do I need for Portrait and Landscape photography, Canon 700D? [duplicate]

From several years ago I bought Canon 700D, due to some acts in my country I lost the interest in photography. Now I am having the comfortable environment to start all over. My question is: What ...
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First time - Night Club Photography - what gear do I need?

One of my friends wants me to shoot some picture of him/people at the club where he is a DJ. But I just started out so I don't have so much knowledge on it so I need some help. My gear: Sony α6300 ...
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Which digital cameras have a manually wound shutter like the Epson R-D1?

I'm curious about an unusual feature of the Epson R-D1: Despite it being digital, it requires manually winding a lever to cock the shutter. I have been looking but couldn't find any other cameras like ...
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What is a good way to keep my camera dry when it is raining? [duplicate]

What is a good way to protect a camera when it is raining besides a waterproof camera cover?
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Distance-creating “lens”?

On another recent question I noted that it's theoretically possible to take "short-range" pictures that have the perspective as if they were taken at a distance, by means of a system of mirrors: To ...
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What budget DSLR would give me metering with adapted vintage C/Y mount lenses?

Currently, I am using a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000, and over time I have acquired a reasonable set of vintage C/Y mount lenses. In particular, I have a ZEISS Tele-Tessar T* 300mm f/4 Lens, which I am ...
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How can I get headshot portraits with pleasing, natural perspective if I'm constrained to a short distance?

I know in a portrait photo we use distance between camera and the subject in such a way as to create a pleasing and hopefully natural-looking perspective. I think it's good on 1 ~ 1.5 meter to get a ...
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Portable astrophotography mount/tripod suggestion

I have a while doing astrophoto with a DSLR and a IOptron Skytracker, and I'm looking to advance in astrophotography. The problem is that I live in Canada, Montreal to be exact. The weather here is ...
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Will I get better results from a full-frame camera if the only full-frame lens I have is a “nifty-fifty” 50mm f/1.8?

Currently I'm using a 700D (T5i) for a few years and I'm thinking of buying a new body - given current prices of the 6D this might be my only chance of getting into FF. I do mostly architecture / ...
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How to know you've outgrown your equipment?

I have only started shooting recently, as a hobby. I use Canon EOS M100. I use a EF to EF-M adapter to use EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. The camera seems to have trouble focusing and light metering (with auto ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

I'm new to studio photography. And wanted to dabble with some stereotypical portrait shots. Looking at soft boxes on ebay there is a wide discrepancy of prices. I'm torn because I won't be making ...
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I WANT TO GET INTO FILM [duplicate]

i’m trying to get into film/photography i think just photography right now and then move over to film. anyways i need a camera obviously but i have no idea where to even start. so could someone please ...
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Looking for an excellent telephoto lens that can also shoot bad photos at 30mm if need be [closed]

I'm going to be traveling to Cuba, and am looking for a good lens that I can keep on my camera without needing to change it. I was originally looking at the Tamron 18-400mm, but the images don't seem ...
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Quiet mode on my DSLR is not quiet enough. How can I make it quieter?

I know that general shopping recommendations are off-topic, and I will try to be as specific as possible, so please comment/edit if this question is not specific enough for this site, or if I can ...
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What should I expect from Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM?

What should I expect from Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM? Hey guys, I'm a noobie around here so I hope I don't annoy too many of you with this question. At the moment I have a Canon EOS 80D and ...
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How can I securely carry and switch between two cameras for sports photography?

I've been doing some sport photography and love blurry panning shots - I recently acquired a second body which is brilliant for cutting down lens changes but I now find that my panning ability is ...
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Loading DSLR batteries while travelling without regular 220V power supply

I will go on an three-week camping trip around iceland. My primary power sources will be the 12V socket of the mini camper (while the engine is running) and a 62Wh power bank (loaded via the 12V ...
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Should i buy a lens or a new camera? [duplicate]

I have a sony dslr camera thats about 10 years old, it doesn't take as good quality photos as newer cameras. I want to know if i should buy a lens or a new camera. What affects the quality more?
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Are there strong visual clues as to whether a vintage lens is, or is compatible with, Nikon F mount?

I have a Nikon d7100, lens mount type F. I sometimes happen to be at a vintage / second hand market where there are some lenses that I'd like to try. I know autofocus and aperture might not work. ...
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What kind of lens to photograph a 1 mm object?

I want to photograph an one mm (or slightly less) object. I have a Canon EOS 80D. What lens should I use, or is there any other way to accomplish this?
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Is replacing all my Fujifilm gear with this Canon zoom lens an upgrade?

I'm a hobby photographer. I like taking portraits, which I often do at festivals and conventions. I usually take the following gear: Fujifilm X-T2 (an APS-C sensor mirrorless camera), a 16-55mm f/2.8 (...
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Difference between 14-42mm ii r and 14-42mm Objective lens?

I've decided to buy an Olympus OM D M10 mkii as my first serious camera, however I now have to decide which lens to get which it. The cheapest option is with the 14-42mm ii r, which is 20 euros less ...
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Should sensor size trump all other aspects when deciding between cameras?

I'm wrecking my brain trying to decide between a Sony A6000 and an Olympus OM D M10 mark ii. I have been to the shop to check out both of them, and I like the look and feel of the Olympus, and I've ...
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Which mirrorless camera should I buy as someone getting into photography? [closed]

Myself and my wife have decided that would would like to take up photography as a new hobby together. We have purchased a few books on composition and exposure and now are looking into which camera to ...
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What do you need to know before buying a flash for a dSLR? [duplicate]

I am a beginner photographer who owns a Canon 700D (upgraded over my 1200D), planning to learn flash photography. Honestly, I am not a fan of using flash till now, but it seems for indoor shooting, ...
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Comparing Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and Canon 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 IS II USM with Kenko 1.4x MC4 DGX

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Canon 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 IS II USM with Kenko 1.4x MC4 DGX Both setups end up at roughly the same focal length areas at 100-400mm and 98-420mm respectively and, ...

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