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Questions tagged [slr]

Single Lens Reflex: a type of camera which uses a mirror system to reflect light into an optical viewfinder.

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How can I use a non-TTL lightmeter beyond its built-in ISO range?

Some introductory information first: I got into photography a few months ago and I have very basic knowledge on the matter so be patient - the answers may be obvious for you. The camera is Zenit 11 - ...
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Aperture priority on Canon EOS 55 shows underexposured [duplicate]

I must be misunderstanding something here. I'm consistently reading an underexposure when I use aperture priority mode. So here I'm in manual mode, f2.5, 1/20s and the camera says the exposure is ...
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Does an offset split-focus screen exist?

I shoot a Nikon F3 SLR with a split-focus screen, and I do a lot of portraits with very shallow depth of fields (e.g. 50mm f2.8 at 0.5m). When I shoot a portrait I focus on the eye first, then ...
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Which lenses are used in SLR and TLR? [closed]

Which type of lens are used in Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) and SLR cameras? TLR cameras uses two lenses, one for the viewfinder and one to expose the film; but in SLR only one lens is used for the ...
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Can I use the EF 75-300 lens on a Canon T6? [duplicate]

I have only the Canon 18-55mm lens for my 1300D. I want to buy an EF 75-300mm lens. Will I be having a problem using those lenses?
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Why must my Pentax ME Super be set to 125x when changing film?

In the instruction manual for the Pentax ME Super it says to set the shutter speed to 125x before unloading film and while reloading film. Is there a reason for this? I accidentally loaded film ...
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How resilient are old SLRs to water damage

My over eagerness got the better of me, and I went out this evening taking some photos in the snow. The camera in use is a Yashica FX-D Quartz, which has an electronic shutter release and LED meter. ...
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My Nikon F301 (N2000) keeps taking shots, despite having already taken 36

I have been shooting fine with my Nikon, and the shot counter has been advancing as expected. However upon reaching 36, where the camera will usually beep as a notification, I have been able to ...
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The reason for my pale colored / bad contrast film images?

I'm a newbie at film photography and only recently fixed up an old Canon AL-1. My first try at film photography was with a Fuji 35mm iso 200 film. Developed & printed the film at an expensive ...
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Why is there “single” in the term DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)?

I have been reading about lenses and I was curious to know why there is a term "single" in the abbreviation DSLR? As far as I have read, the modern DSLRs (for example, the Nikon 3200) come equipped ...
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What considerations should be made for choosing a manual film SLR for photography classes?

I need a film SLR camera that can be fully manual for my niece that's going away to an art camp soon. She is taking some film photography classes that require such a camera. I'm looking at a few used ...
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Tokina SZ-X SLR 28-200mm Lens to Nikon D3300 [duplicate]

I'm sure these kinds of questions are asked all the time but is it possible to mount an old SLR lens like this on a newer DLSR camera? The Tokina lens is made for a Pentax K1000 and I have a Nikon ...
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These SLR developed photos are bad. Is it mine or the photolab's fault?

I'm new to 35mm camera photography and have just started using a Canon Ae-1 program to shoot. Only problem is that my first batch of photos look awful. There's a few others that were included on the ...
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Is there a way to test an SLR's meter without a lens attached (or with a mismatching lens)?

I recently purchased a Sigma SA-9 and two SA-7n's. These are SLR (film) cameras. With the kit lens that came with it, they are all registering two to three stops under for just about any scene in good,...
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Minolta srt101 (SLR) trigger jam

I've done a lot of searching but haven't found much regarding film Advance lever/trigger errors. Symptoms: lever will advance once or twice, with the firing sound being a dull "krk", not the bright "K-...
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What makes a good film camera?

I have recently become interested in film photography. For now I have borrowed a Canon EOS 500n from a friend, but I am thinking about purchasing a camera for myself soon. In digital photography I ...
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Should the winder be able to push forwards on an Olympus OM10 film camera?

My dad has given me his old Olympus OM10 film camera but he isn't sure if it works or not. The winder won't push forward fully but the camera has no batteries in it. Should the winder be able to push ...
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CANON AE-1 and Tokina RMC lens compatibility [duplicate]

I have a camera Canon AE-1 SLR and recently bought a lens RMC Tokina 80-200mm f/4 and it seems it does not mount on the camera. May I need an adapter or I am missing something?
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How to clean the mirror on an SLR without damaging it?

I just bought my D70 from Sam's Club. It was a display model, and the display assembly does not allow the back of the camera to be opened. However, when I opened up the front and looked at the mirror ...
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM v Canon EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III [closed]

I'm a newbie both here and to serious photography really (though I've been taking photo's for years). Currently I have a Canon 350d and I'm doing a lot more photography of motorsports (predominantly ...
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Why is my film SLR taking white photos?

I recently found an old 8-year-old film Nikon SLR that I used. There was a roll of film in it for 3-4 years. So I finished taking photos with the whole roll and when they were developed, most of them ...
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Is there a difference in the image produced from a 50mm rangefinder or slr lens?

Particularly, I am interested in the performance on film for Canon leica thread mount (LTM) 50mm lenses versus their FL/FD SLR lenses, in aperture size 1.2/1.4/1.8. Their performance on full frame ...
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Build of SLR lens vs point-and-shoot lens [duplicate]

There are point-and-shoot cameras that offer large range of angle of view. For example, Nikon P900 with 24mm-2000mm. How such lenses exist only in point-and-shoot and too at a very low price? Why ...
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Which camera should I buy? DLSR or SLR [duplicate]

I'm planning to buy a camera for myself, where I came across the term DSLR and SLR. I'm a novice in photography thus, not knowing the actual meaning of both the term. Would like to know more about ...
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Can you identify this M42-mount lens?

I found this lens in our attic, in a box. It is fully functional, all the iris and focus rings are turning smoothly, but it doesn't have the informations piece on its front. I tried so hard to find ...
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How do SLR lenses connect to the body?

I recently bought my first SLR camera and lens for it and I have questions about how they interact. My lens attaches on, and I can use the focus on the lens itself, but if I use the auto-focus, does ...
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Why are SLR mechanisms still prevalent among high-end digital cameras?

I understand that back in the days when cameras captured images using photographic film instead of image sensors, the SLR design was a major innovation. It let you see through the viewfinder exactly ...
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DIY fix for stuck mirror?

I have a Canon DSLR camera. The mirror is stuck and I'm getting nothing but black frames when taking pictures because the mirror doesn't move. I was quoted a very high price to get it repaired. Can ...
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How is the field of view clipped in SLR Cameras [duplicate]

From what I know, if you have a 50mm lens that projects a circle of light onto a rectangular 35mm film/sensor, the film/sensor would clip the the 50mm, but instead you multiple it by some multiplier. (...
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Why do most professional photographers prefer to use their SLRs optical viewfinder? [duplicate]

I have heard again and again that using the digital viewfinder on your SLR is a big no-no and that you should always use the optical viewfinder when framing a shot. Why?
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Why don't cameras have automatic eyepiece covers?

The question is clear and I am not sure how to further explain it. Why don't cameras have internal automatic eyepiece covers?
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Old Sigma 18mm lens causes Err 01 on Canon DSLR

I've bought a Sigma 18MM 3.5F Ø72mm Autofocus for a Canon SLR. The thing is that I've got a Canon 40D so I made a mistake I think. The lens only works the aperture is set to f/3.5; any other aperture ...
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How much light is lost through a typical matte focusing screen?

My understanding is, the focusing screen, being matte, will diffuse some amount of light in a direction that is not captured by the optical viewfinder. I am aware of some technical developments ...
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How does a DSLR's mirror mechanism work?

I'm wondering how the mirror in a DSLR or SLR camera is flipped up (and back down again) when a photo is taken. Is this mirror typically actuated by a motor, magnet, spring and gravity, or something ...
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How do modern or recent film SLRs compare to vintage models?

Growing up in the digital age, I have never used a film camera. I have recently started considering adding a film SLR. $5k Leicas aside, are there any new film SLRs out now that are worth over an ...
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What's the point of a DSLR? [duplicate]

Now that we have digital sensors which can be exposed to light repeatedly, why are SLRs still around? Wouldn't a digital viewfinder or a simple LCD be less bulky and prone to failure in addition to ...
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EOS-1N (Film SLR) - Set aperture with modern EF lenses?

Can this camera set the aperture with modern EF lenses, or do I have to get lenses that allow me to set the aperture with a ring on the lens? And if anyone knows how this camera compares to the EOS ...
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What are the relative pros and cons of a Pentax K1000 or Nikon F for getting into film photography?

I want to get into film photography and go back to the roots to really learn about the techniques. Would you guys recommend the Pentax K1000 or the Nikon F, and why?
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Is my Lumix camera an SLR? [duplicate]

I am just wondering if my camera is an SLR camera? It is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45. Could you also tell me what an SLR camera is? I have read a few descriptions but still am not sure. Thanks :)
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What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?

In an SLR, the light bouncing off the mirror goes through a pentamirror or pentaprism before being reflected to the viewfinder. However, it seems to me that it would be possible to project an image to ...
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Custom Background - In SLRs [duplicate]

There is a background image. We can take a new picture with some white/black background, and select the required parts from this new photo and put it in background image. This can be done using any ...
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Why don't DSLR camera specifications include a zoom ratio (e.g. 3x zoom) like compact cameras?

For example, there is no mention of the zoom here. I'm guessing that it's specified in some other specification. If so, what do I look at and how do I compute the zoom from it? I've looked at a few ...
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How to tell if a film camera is actually making shots?

I just bought an old Mamiya 500tl and from what I can tell it works okay. I've taken few shots but when I open the back I cannot see anything on the film. Should I be able to see see the negative? Is ...
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Will metering from a DSLR apply to a film SLR?

I still like to shoot with film (I use a Nikon F3) but I like the immediate feedback of digital. I'm thinking of buying a used DSLR to help me get the framing and lighting right when I shoot static ...
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Can my dSLR add a signature or watermark without post-processing?

Is it possible add signature or water mark on photographs without post-processing? Like add the signature/water mark while capturing the photos. Any settings available?
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Which should be the next upgrade? [closed]

I own Nikon D5100, with 18-55mm lens kit. I am thinking of buying a new lens. Which is good? I am more of interested in portrait and natural photography. Also which filter works well for these ...
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where is the pin-hole point located in an SLR?

I dont think is in the curtains that open and close when you press the shutter. Is it inside the lense? Or is just seen in illustrations that show how a camera works? It has nothing to do with "...
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Is it worth buying a SLR? [duplicate]

Is it worth buying a film camera? I have a DSLR but I also want to have an experience in using a SLR. I want a fully manual camera. DSLR cameras has manual mode but I think it's different from a SLR. ...
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When Peterson says 'fixed-lens digital cameras have greater DoF', is he assuming a smaller sensor? [duplicate]

I'm reading Understanding Exposure and ran across some discussion of apertures in fixed-lens digital cameras as compared to SLRs (page 54 in the 3rd edition). The author says that fixed-length digital ...
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How can I trigger a flash remotely and manually?

If I want to do long-exposure photos in which I trigger the flash multiple times to freeze objects in the frame I know I can use the test button of the flash to trigger it manually. But if I want to ...