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Does a "body-only" DSLR need a lens added before use?

You need a lens. It's probably possible to persuade the camera to expose the sensor without a lens on it, but nothing would be in any sort of focus whatsoever. As an aside, if you're asking this kind ...
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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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When should I upgrade my camera body?

You need to upgrade your camera when, and only when, you need a camera that can do something in particular that your current camera can not. This is not only true for your camera body but for your ...
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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?

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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What's the biggest difference between these two photos of large animals?

There is an additional element not taken into account in other answers, the color grading. First, let us compare the two histograms. Here is the kitty one. And here is your photo's As you can see, ...
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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 can I clean the smell of cigarette smoke from my camera body?

I followed other's suggestions (wipedown, etc.). Additionally, I put it in a box with a small container of baking soda for a couple of days. Seemed to do the trick.
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Does a "body-only" DSLR need a lens added before use?

Yes, it's possible to capture some kind of images without a lens, but it's not useful. It's like a bike without tires. It's possible to use it to transport yourself some distance, but it's not ...
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Is there ever a right time to upgrade to full frame camera body?

When you need to. That is the one and only time you need to think about it. If the answer to one or more of these questions is a Yes, then you may want to consider an upgrade... Do you need a ...
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When should I upgrade my camera body?

You should only upgrade when you need to. Chances are good you won't wait that long or be that sensible. ;) So, basically, to me, it comes down to a few "tipping points" as to when "upgrading" (more ...
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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 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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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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How can I clean the smell of cigarette smoke from my camera body?

As a collector of old and sometimes, very smelly cameras, I swear by general household kitchen white vinegar! Equal part vinegar and water, dampen a cloth, and scrub away! You will be surprised! ...
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When should I upgrade my camera body?

I am going to answer this from the perspective of "want" rather than "Need" which has been handled really well by Michael Clarks answer. Unless you are a Pro and the camera is just a tool, the whole ...
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Does a "body-only" DSLR need a lens added before use?

Yes, you do need a lens. But for starting out, a simple, cheap one will do - and there is a healthy market for used lenses. The best choices would be either a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, often called "...
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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 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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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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E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies?

No, it works the other way around. The main measure to know is the flange distance. This is the distance between the mount and sensor on a camera. Lenses for a particular mount are designed for ...
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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'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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What specific features do people upgrade camera bodies for?

I think you've identified features that people upgrade to a new camera for, not the reasons people upgrade. You don't upgrade to get a faster AF system, you upgrade to be able to catch focus on the ...
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