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Did I get ripped off by purchasing a "deluxe bundle" with my camera?

I really need to know quick so I can return the package if they can't be used. I don't think you got ripped off, exactly. If the bundle you bought cost about the same as the T5i kit sold by Canon, ...
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Wildlife camera lens for iPhone 6,7

There are no reasonable options that will extend an iPhone to take good wildlife photos at that range. That's really quite far away. The cameras in phones today are technological marvels, but because ...
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Cutting lens filter/accessory threads

In addition to filter diameter, you need to specify the thread pitch, the linear (axial) distance the filter, screw, etc. travels for one (or more) full rotations of the thread. For SAE (or SAE-...
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How do I evaluate photo accessories bundled with a camera?

I think the quality of most of the stuff you are getting in that first kit is dubious. You don't need the UV or FLD filters. The polarising filter is probably a very cheap one. The tabletop tripod ...
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Did I get ripped off by purchasing a "deluxe bundle" with my camera?

Those 'AF' lenses attach to the front of the 18-55 EF-S lens, not directly to the camera. They modify the behaviour of the original lens. They are not true wide angle or telephoto lenses, they're ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

There's already something that has been invented to collect light for photographs. We call them lenses. In order to collect more light, the front element of the lens must be larger for the same focal ...
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Wildlife camera lens for iPhone 6,7

To get good detail at 60-100 yards with a phone will almost require a small telescope with a phone adapter on the eyepiece end of the telescope. If your husband already has a nice spotting scope (or ...
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Defective Black Eye Macro 64

A diopter lens* like this is really only supposed to work at VERY close distances, which your unmodified phone or camera lens won't focus to (otherwise, there is no need to use a diopter). From the ...
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What are these color strips for?

They are gels for coloring the flash. Used for creative effect or to color match the ambient lighting. CTO (color temp orange) is for matching the flash to incandescent lights or sunrise/sunset. CTB ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

As you edited your question it gives me more room. The same as a parabolic mic, any mirror lens do the exact same thing. It takes parallel rays coming from a distance, and focus them on a smaller spot....
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Did I get ripped off by purchasing a "deluxe bundle" with my camera?

These are add-on lenses that mount to the front of your 18-55 allowing for wider or narrower view at the expense of optical quality and practicality. Your de luxe package contains lots of the lowest ...
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What's the bit that slides into the hot shoe called?

It's called the foot — the thing that goes into a shoe. You can find this in [ISO 518:2006], the standard which describes the... standard... hot shoe. It's not, however, defined there — it's just ...
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Difference between LG-1 and FD-1 ring light accessories for Olympus TG-4

Some comparisons: FD-1 is compatible with only TG-4 (Firmware update is required) and the TG-5. The shooting distance is 2 - 30 cm and is usable underwater. LG-1 is compatible TG-5, TG-4, TG-3, TG-2, ...
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What filter size and lens hoods do I need for my Nikon 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses?

Everything you need to know you can find at Nikon's site for each of those lenses. AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Filter size: 52mm (same for lens cap) Hood: HB-69 Bayonet Lens Hood AF-S ...
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Good quality UV Filter

If you don't have it yet, get the original lens hood. It will protect the lens and improve image quality.
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How do I add a microphone mount to my camera?

This microphone mounts on your camera's hot shoe (which is usually used for add-on flash units). If your camera does not have a hot shoe for external flash, and you said you have no problem using ...
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Optical viewfinder sun shade?

Aftermarket eye cups are available for many camera models that replace the supplied eyecup with a larger cup that fits the face of the user. Here is one made for the Canon 5d and 5D Mark II as well ...
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Why would tying a camera remote to the back of a lens barrel be impractical?

What would make such a device impractical to use? The failure rate of the flexprint would likely be fairly poor. The exteriors of cameras and lenses take a lot of punishment. Flexes tend to be very ...
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Lens/Mirror system for stereo photography?

Are there standard lens or rather mirror systems for doing this? There are stereoscopic lenses that let you take a single exposure with right and left images at once. One example is the Loreo ...
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

As everyone else is saying, better than nothing, so not completely useless, but in no way to be confused with a proper large softbox. You'll still be better off taking the flash off-camera rather than ...
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Is the LensPen Panamatic any good?

Depends on what type of panos you're shooting. The Panamatic doesn't rotate the lens around the no-parallax point which means it's probably not good for panos in smaller spaces (i.e., indoors) where ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

There's no substitute for getting a good lens. Any light gathering tricks that can be implemented without ruining image quality are already built into good lenses. A "light-gathering" device that ...
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What are these color strips for?

Those are coloured filters to put in front of the flash, simply to change the colour of the light. There is really not much more to it. In the film days, it could however make sense to e.g. use a ...
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What filter size and lens hoods do I need for my Nikon 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses?

A cautionary note to others to prevent them making the same mistake I did: The newer version of this lens (AF-P instead of AF-S) uses a 55mm filter, not a 52mm.
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What filter size and lens hoods do I need for my Nikon 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses?

Your 18-55mm Nikon kit lens has 52mm threads (at least the current version of the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens does). This should be indicated on the front of the lens by a mark that looks something like ...
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Good quality UV Filter

My advice is, never mount a filter unless the harm overshadows the good. Besides the digital camera sports an internal UV filter built into the protective cover glass that protects the image sensor. ...
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Is there an external intervalometer for Pentax cameras?

This is just one of many similar products available that fit Pentax cameras or any other camera with a 2.5mm stereo micro-plug. https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Shutter-Release-Remote-Control/dp/...
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Nikon Df: a way to send photos to ipad in real time

What you're asking about is called tethering, whether it's wired or wireless. I own and use a CamRanger to wirelessly control, view, and preview images from my Nikon DSLR on my iOS and Mac devices. ...
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