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Do all Canon DSLRs have in-body AF motors?

No Canon EOS body needs AF motors because every single Canon EF lens released since the EOS system was introduced since 1987 has a focus motor in the lens. Thus no Canon EOS camera has ever had a need ...
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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

Short answer because there are many good explanations already: The brightest part of your picture is the background. The brightest part of the second picture is the subject.
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Is Nikon D500 a good fit for nature and ambient-lighting portraits and occasional other uses?

First: please recognize that despite what you may read on click-hungry review sites or fan-fueled forums, every DSLR and mid-to-higher range mirrorless camera on the market will be stellar for the ...
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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

There is an additional element not taken into account in other answers: Color grading. First, let us compare the two histograms. Here is the kitty one. And here is your photo's histogram. As you can ...
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Do all Canon DSLRs have in-body AF motors?

No Canon EOS camera has an in-body focus motor. Canon's lens mount is 100% electric, there is no mechanical linkage. (Some mounts e.g. Pentax have a mechanical link for the aperture too, for some ...
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How to improve image sharpness on Canon 700D?

The best way to improve image quality? Learn how to get the most out the gear you already have Please don't misunderstand the following as flippant or taking a cheap shot at a budding photographer. ...
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What are the features needed in a DSLR for astrophotography?

I already have a Nikon D5200 and I I tried so much to get a clear view of the sky and it didn't work so much. The camera you have is a fine one to start with. You should spend some time working on ...
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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

The second photo is much sharper than the first. This is probably a combination of: A sharper lens. The examples I've seen of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD are not sharp enough to produce the ...
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What is the name for the cap that fits over a camera when no lens is attached

You want a "body cap". Specifically the Nikon BF-1A or BF-1B, or a generic equivalent. http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/cap-cover/bf-1b-body-cap.html
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How do you determine if a camera has fast or slow auto focus?

There's no standard, or even agreement. Generally, people mean "compared to other cameras of that general class". Or maybe "compared to a sense of all cameras available now" — it depends on the ...
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What is the use of the focal plane mark on a camera body?

Macro shooters sometimes need to know the distance between their subject and the image (film/sensor) plane, because that's how the minimum focus distance of a lens is measured. The mark gives you an ...
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How to improve image sharpness on Canon 700D?

overall Canon crop sensor cameras lack in focus and / or sharpening ability when compared to Nikon / Sony / Fuji I think you might be jumping to conclusions here: there are certainly plenty of ...
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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

Many differences have been suggested already, many of which I agree with, breifly. One's a gorilla, the other's a big cat. Cats look cool, they can't help it. Gorilla is landscape, cat is portrait. ...
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Do all Canon DSLRs have in-body AF motors?

No. All Canon EF lenses have in-lens motors. There is no need for an in-body AF motor. The Canon EF mount is designed to have no mechanical coupling of any kind—no aperture levers, "screw-drive" AF ...
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What type of camera body would work with a Promaster AF lens (Pentax)?

Your Promaster Pentax-mount lens will work with any modern Pentax DSLR*. Your older manual Pentax lens will too, but you will need to push a button to take a meter reading - they won't meter ...
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How to determine the resale value of used lenses and camera bodies?

The best method to price a lens is by seeing what the market value of the same used lens are. There are many different ways to determine the value across different platform. For each of these compare ...
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How to improve image sharpness on Canon 700D?

There is nothing inherently wrong with Canon DSLRs or even their mirrorless cameras. The most like culprit of poor sharpness is a lens. Canon has every grade of lens from mediocre to superb, usually ...
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Which 645 film-camera produces distinctive rectangular-shaped notches in the negative margins?

I don't think you can determine what specific camera left the observed notches, because it's not a feature or property of the camera's construction. Rather, it's a part of the construction of the film ...
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Is Nikon D500 a good fit for nature and ambient-lighting portraits and occasional other uses?

Matt is correct. Pretty much everything on the market these days is very good and will outperform a D90 in almost all respects. He's also correct that raw files are intended to allow the photographer ...
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What effect does the body have on the character and quality of images?

What effect does the body have on the character and quality of images? After you eliminate "... things like APS-C vs. full-frame, in-body image stabilisation, ISO range or resolution..." there's not ...
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Is there a viable way to touch up the paint on an old camera body?

That wear on the camera edges is called "brassing", and it's usually considered to be a badge of honour for a camera. It means the camera has led a productive life of being used, which is exactly ...
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Is it lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies?

No amount of money spent on a camera body can compensate for a poor quality lens, however a better body can potentially better exploit the capabilities of a good lens. Camera bodies tend to ...
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Differences between Pentax K, Q, and "Lithium-Ion" SLR bodies?

K Body, Q Body and "Lithium ion" body, can anyone tell me the differences between these? Q mount is a not very popular small sensor ILC mount that Pentax developed and, I think , still sell. It's ...
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What are the features needed in a DSLR for astrophotography?

In addition to what Caleb suggested, you can improve your images in a number of ways. You didn't specify what type of astrophotography you're doing. There's landscape astrophotography, where you're ...
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Is there ever a right time to upgrade to full frame camera body?

I want to challenge the question, here. "Full frame" isn't an upgrade. It's a different format. That format has strengths, and it also has drawbacks. Think of this as someone asking when it's the ...
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Is the Canon 5D Mark II still a great camera in 2016?

I've taken some great images with my 5D Mark II. But I've also taken some great images with a Rebel XTi/400D. I've also found that it is easier to get great images and to get more of them in certain ...
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Is there an equivalent of Moore's law for photography?

No, photography is very different from computing, even though digital cameras are also computers. In computing the performance limit is there somewhere, but still very far from where are we now. That'...
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Is Nikon D500 a good fit for nature and ambient-lighting portraits and occasional other uses?

If you have to invest, invest first on the lenses. For ambient light portraits, a good prime lens will work wonders. That being said... I will say something totally wrong :o) If a RAW file has dull ...
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Why is my Pentax LX engraved with the name of famous Japanese photographer Masaaki Nakagawa?

Really fascinating question, I felt compelled to look into it to find out! I'd say there are 3 possible answers to this: The most likely answer: Pentax engraved the first owners name (Masaaki ...
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