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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, then you're fine. 3rd party sellers often try to sweeten the deal to attract your business by throwing in a bunch of extras; if you never use them but they didn't ...


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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 they are so small, they have to make compromises, and they're optimized for the kind of family scene or social photo situation in which people normally take ...


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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 and flash look like junk. The wide angle and telephoto "lenses" are not lenses. They are screw-on adapters. They won't give you good quality shots. See more ...


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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 modifiers. I've never used them and can't comment on whether they are any use, or any good, but they should at least fit. There's more information in this ...


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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-derived) threads, the pitch is usually specified in number of threads per inch. For example, the 1/4"–20 tripod mount and screw have a 20 thread-per-inch (TPI) pitch. ...


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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 length, or have a wider angle of view for the same entrance pupil diameter.


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You need something like this: http://www.amazon.com/DL-0418-Tripod-Female-Thread-Adapter/dp/B0049UPNV8 Or maybe this one, for a lot less money: http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Stand-Adapter-4-inch-Tripod/dp/B005HTZJBY/ref=pd_cp_p_2 There are lots of other models. Some, like the top one shown here, provide a hot shoe so that you can trigger the flash using a ...


10

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 high quality pair of binoculars) for hunting or target shooting, you'd probably get better results by purchasing an adapter that holds the phone to the eyepiece ...


9

When it is dirty, no more or less often than that. If you can't see any obvious dirt or fingerprints then don't touch the lens surface at all with anything. Every time you touch a lens element it's an opportunity for damage so it's not really worth it unless the dirt is visible in your output.


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I got a Frio as a freebie in a photography class grab bag. Its a nice option: it mounts directly to the tripod mount stud, and since its all plastic, it doesn't harm your flash contacts at all. It is about the size of a thumbdrive, so it fits in your pocket. Its overpriced as a piece of plastic, but quite affordable compared to other more complex options. ...


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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 picture, it looks like you are holding the camera a two feet or more away from the subject - the phone can likely focus on that just fine without a diopter. Try ...


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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 (blue) is for matching with cooler sources (cool LED's, shade, etc)... it was originally intended to shift tungsten sources to daylight so it's not used for ...


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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... the focus point. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catadioptric_system#Photographic_catadioptric_lenses https://www.google.com/search?q=mirror+lens Ever heard ...


6

What you are looking for is the "Canon ACK-E10 AC Adapter Kit" which does not charge your camera but instead allows it to run off of AC power. But keep in mind that the 1100D/Rebel T3 is only going to allow you to record 17 to 29 minutes of video at a time. You will have to stop and start a new recording every 17 to 29 minutes depending on the settings you ...


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Well, for all my Canon speedlites, the stand that comes with it can be attached to the tripod. I would suspect this is the case for most other brands as well. Simply attach the stand to the flash, and attach the tripod mounting plate to the bottom of the stand.


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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 quality junk that you will probably find useless or inferior. If you can still revert your purchasing decision, I'd suggest that you buy just the camera body ...


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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 basically used as if everyone knows what it means. (Which, I guess, we do.) The dimensions given in Figures 1 and 2 are basic for the solid shoe. When an ...


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It's for cameras that do not have a PC sync port so that they're able to fire strobes that do have one, common in professional lighting equipment. So, in this realm, the PC means "Prontor/Compur" and that is (becoming "was") the standard port used by cameras to trigger off-camera strobes over a cabled connection. This has, slowly, started to be replaced by 3....


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It's not really a big deal for two reasons on both sides of the equation. On the one hand, dust on the lens is positioned at a place where it will have negligible impact on the final image. That's because they'll be completely out of focus, and are so tiny to begin with Generally, it's not worth worrying about. On the other hand, lens glass is very hard, ...


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The Lens Pen is my favorite first line of lens cleaning. This is a pen-shaped tool with a very light non-abrasive brush on one side and a powdered cleaning agent on the other. Always brush first to remove an particles from the lens surface. If there are marks stuck to the lens then I use the cleaning side to remove it. This is very effective and minimizes ...


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Yes, they should not come with a ballhead. That lets you choose the ideal one for your needs. You need to calculate the weight of your camera and lens and multiply by two for good measure. Then lookup one that supports at least that weight. You will usually have a choice of direct attachment or quick-release plates. Your camera is small, so I would go with ...


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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 DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Filter size: 52mm (same for lens cap) Hood: HB-37 Bayonet Lens Hood


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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, TG-1. The shooting distance is 1 - 10 cm and is not usable underwater. A interesting Olympus website is: http://cameras.olympus.com/tg4fd1review/en/ This ...


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Since neck straps are more or less disposable most people don't mind if they break. Knock-offs can be had on ebay for a few dollars. The stock cannon ones last ages (I've had one for more than 5 years now and no issue aside from cosmetics). If you want to go the way of a 3rd party neck strap i reccomend the unfortunately named 'R-strap' from black-rapid. ...


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Clean your lens when it needs it. Not any more complicated than that. The goal is to eliminate the chance that something on the lens will impact your photo. Due to how close the dust is to the lens, and the fact that you are focusing far from the dust, you will be surprised at how much dust makes very little to no impact. If you are concerned about ...


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For normal lighting, yes. For bizzare or novel light, no. "Normal" means sunlight or incandescent lighting, or other lights that try to immitate that (since it's what our eyes work with). Poor "color rendering index" lamps will be lacking but that's how it looked in person too! For odd colored lights, you need more data points to know just what is ...


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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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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 adhesive to mount your microphone to your camera, you can get a cold shoe flash mount, which is just the physical "square slot" mount without electrical ...


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Try a hand strap. These vary in price from $10 to $100, and similarly in construction and comfort, but the concept is the same: attaches to your camera (either by the normal strap lugs, via the tripod screw, or occasionally in some specialized way), and then you wrap your hand securely through. It's not just like those little wrist straps that come with a ...


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If you sacrifice the clunky easy release, and bring the light close to the ball point (it is tall enough as it is), you can use Polymorph to fashion a holder for it. You put it in boiled water and once it is transparent you can shape it in your hands, with tools, colour it with dyes (knead it into the material), and when it is dry, you can drill in it, so ...


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