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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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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Can one still buy a new, top-of-the-range film camera?

Just wondering: can you still buy a new, top of the range camera that will produce a negative or a slide after you have taken a picture? Or have digital cameras taken over the market completely? I ...
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What are the differences between the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III and EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM

I'm looking at these two lenses: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III & EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM What are the differences between these two lenses, specifically in regard to overall image quality?...
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High end smartphone camera vs. high end compact camera for beginner?

My friend has a natural knack for taking photos and I would like to encourage this skill by buying her a better camera along with a photography book. Currently, she uses a cheap smartphone camera ...
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Which type of camera body and lenses should I look for to photograph still ticks?

I am intending to take pictures of ticks which should look like the one in this picture or even more detailed if possible. Taking into account that the ticks would be motionless, their size would ...
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What factors should I consider when downsizing equipment - and getting rid of a camera?

This is an inverse shopping question really.. rather what equipment should I buy.. what equipment should I get rid of, and how to decide. Currently I have one full frame camera (5D2), and one crop ...
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I have Canon's 600EX-RT II, so shouldn't I add a YN600EX-RT II instead of a YN-E3-RT or ST-E3-RT?

I'm a n00b (in fact I have literally never used a flash before other than my phone's LED thing) but I have to shoot an indoor thing next week, where I'll need a remote flash (I mean, on a stand, ...
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What camera & lens would be ideal for my situation? [duplicate]

First of all, I am an absolute beginner. Does not have much knowledge in photography. I was thinking to get an ILS camera for traveling due to the fact I heard from many different people, how good ...
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What photography can I use 24-70mm lens? [closed]

What photography is 24-70mm lens useful for?
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What do I need to shoot sharp high school baseball photographs on a budget? [duplicate]

I need a zoom lens ASAP for high school baseball. (And then hopefully in 2020 college baseball.) This is only to take pictures of my son — for now high school and travel baseball. I have older Canon ...
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How should I set up lighting for a jewelry worn by a model?

I have a photo shoot in two weeks. Subject is a model with some jewelry from a local goldsmith, with focus on the items. The goldsmith wants b/w or sepia pictures where the items are the only "real" ...
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NIght Photography while at sea

My son is in the US Navy. He wants me to figure out which compact camera would allow him to take pictures at night while at sea of the stars, and bio-luminescence. Unfortunately, while he can use a ...
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What are some good resources for getting started with a large roll printer?

I’m an enthusiast-level photographer with a little disposable income, a big empty space in my apartment, and a huge appreciation for making prints, so I’ve decided to take the leap into a large-format ...
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How can I take good pictures of a reflective mirror frame without part of the frame too bright and the other part too dark?

I have to take pictures of mirror frames for my job. Some of these are very shiny, reflective frames. I cant get the lighting to look right. Part of the frame has bright spots of light on it, the ...
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Budget DSLR for a beginner [closed]

I own a Fujifilm s7000 bridge camera. Now I would like to buy a budget DSLR to follow The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes. Most of the recipes use 70–200mm f/ 2.8 lens. I'm thinking ...
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How much focus breathing does the Nikon 17-35mm AF-S have compared to the 16-35mm VR?

I am considering buying one of these lenses. I much prefer the feel and perceived1 build quality2 of the 17-35mm Nikkor compared to the 16-35mm, but I also want the widest field of view. At infinity, ...
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Top lens for kitesurfing [duplicate]

What is the best lens for kitesurfing photography? A similar question was asked before, but I need a bit more clarity if possible. I'm hesitating between the Canon 500mm f4 II vs Canon 400mm f2.8 or ...
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Which smartphones features are important for macro photography?

My current phone is a Galaxy S5: F/2.2 aperture, 1/2.6 sensor, 16 megapixels. With that I can take detailed closeups of bugs and such. I typically shoot a photo as close to the subject as focus allows,...
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I'm designer but newbie in photography, Need Help for buying Camera, and How to choose between brands, lens and seconde-hand or new one? [duplicate]

Recently I’m ready to buy a camera before I always use iPhone to taken photos, that’s okay but I want to start a series career you know, go art direction, street shoot, fashion series etc. I’m a ...
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Filter for Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens

I have bought a Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens for my Canon 70D. Is it okay for bird photography? Also kindly suggest a filter for the same.
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EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II or Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro as part of a kit?

I am a beginner wanting to start learning photography. Which of the following EOS 1300D kits is better for a beginner? Both include the same first lens. For one kit the second lens is the Canon 55-...
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Is super zoom lens the best option for travel photography? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner photographer — mostly interested in travel photography. Recently I've seen some posters advertising a Tamron 18-400mm lens, so I checked the reviews and it does not seem to be a bad ...
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How to stabilize a tripod?

Inspired by the question, How can a tripod be unstable?, I would like to know what can be done to help stabilize a tripod? I am especially interested in knowing what can be done when utilizing a ...
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How can a tripod be unstable?

This sounds like a fairly stupid question, but it is one that has arisen whilst I was looking for cheap (<£50) and lightweight (<1kg) DSLR tripods. I understand there's a price difference ...
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Should I borrow a wider or more narrow zoom lens for a trip to Antarctica?

I am heading to Antarctica soon and have no idea what type of lens would work best. I have a Nikon D3100 and have two options for lenses. I am borrowing a lens from a friend so can only pick one. I am ...
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Can i take a photo of the milky way? [duplicate]

Can I take a picture with a Canon EOS1300D with a Canon EF 50 mm f1.8 STM Lens of the milky way? Thank you.
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How powerful of a telephoto lens do I need to take a picture of a swan from 300-500 meters away? [closed]

If you were to take a picture of 200 Swans in the field, 300-500 meters away from the camera and wanted a good close up, what lens would you attach to Cannon EOS 600D.
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What should I look for in a camera system for taking still life photographs?

I would like to buy a decent camera and lenses for shooting photos with fruits, vegetables and other objects of similar size. I have a NanGuang NGT6240 Portable Light Box 60 x 60 x 60 cm and I'm ...
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Buying a canon 5d Mark II with 120 000 shutter actuations? [duplicate]

Would you consider buying a used canon 5d Mark II in mint condition with 120 000 shutter actuations for 500$? The seller is a nice lady, she is a professional phototographer. Here are some photos of ...
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Confused about different optical zoom on different lens [duplicate]

I'm looking at 3 different lens mainly for distance shots but with a bit of Macro occasionally. Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 The bit ...
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Comparing lenses

I already have a Nikon camera SLR and I am planning on buying a backup camera also. My question is are the lenses for Nikon more expensive then for Canon. I am trying to keep expenses down for the ...
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How to keep fruits and other objects in a vertical position?

I noticed that the photos with fruits and vegetables look much better if you put them in a vertical position (or very close to vertical position) and you shoot the photo from a horizontal position. ...
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Does this “Imaging Bed” hardware exist and what is it called?

As part of some R&D in a software development role I am trying to find a way of taking consistent images of medical instruments. I am trying to find out if some hardware exists but I am unable to ...
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What are ether pros and cons of a single high megapixel phone camera vs dual rear camera phone when photographing kids?

I'm not too bothered about the actual phone but need to upgrade and am wondering what is better to photograph small children. My kids move alot and blurry pictures just seem to be the most commom ...
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How can I take a picture and send it straight onto my laptop with a cable?

I have recently had some portrait pictures taken and the photographer was able to view the photo straight after he had taken them on his laptop, instead of the camera's LCD. What cable I need to do ...
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Is my current gear sufficient for wedding photography?

I would like to know if my current gear is sufficient to start doing wedding photography? I use a Nikon D5100, with an 18–55mm kit lens, 70–200mm Sigma lens, and 50mm f/1.8 lens. I have taken some ...
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How important is lens selection for getting a retro, film look?

So basically I'm planning on buying my first DSLR camera. I'm familiar with cameras it's just that I never had my own DSLR. I will probably get some entry-level second-hand Nikon body with kit lens ...
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Are there any DSLRs that are only manual mode?

I am just wondering if there are any DSLR camera models that are implemented with hyper simplicity, where you are given only full manual control, and dials for those parameters only? I think this ...
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Why would someone buy the Canon 5D Mark IV after Nikon released the D850 with far superior hardware configurations?

I was planing to buy canon 5D mark iv just one month ago. But everyone started to talk about Nikon D850 and it came out with far ahead hardware configurations compare to 5D4. Though I love canon ...
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What are the differences between these two Nikkor 70-300 lenses?

I am looking to buy a telephoto lens for my Nikon D5500 (I already own the 18-55) and am considering these two telephoto lenses: AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5....
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Do I need a special kind of camera to take good photos of falling autumn leaves?

I am taking up photography as my new hobby. Last autumn I tried taking some photos (on my mobile) of falling leaves but without success. Can someone please give me advice on what kind of camera I ...
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1 Inch 20MP sensor vs 1/2.3" 12MP sensor?

All things being equal, is a 1-inch 20MP sensor basically the same as a 1/2.3" 12MP sensor? If it is the same, does it then boil down to which camera has better mechanics; lens, mechanics, etc? ...
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50mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/4-5.6 or 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens for a 12-year-old new to DSLR photography

I have recently purchased a Canon 800D / T7i along with the bundled 18-55mm f/4-5.6 lens, plus the 50mm f/1.8 and the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 for myself and my 12-year-old daughter. She has been using a ...

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