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The question, the comments, even the first revision of this answer are all focussed on kit. A common problem with photographers. We love to talk about kit. Half of us are chomping at the bit to recommend 15FPS mirrorless systems, battery powered studio strobes, the omnipresent 24-70mm f/2.8, the other half want to tell you how they shot an entire wedding ...


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You can do wedding photography with a smartphone. It's not really the gear — it's the skill. But, this is mostly a matter of expectations. Some people will expect expect you to have much higher-end equipment (and to produce the kind of images that put that equipment to the test). Other people will be perfectly fine with what you have. But, you absolutely no ...


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As of 2012, the only fundamental difference between all bodies of both brands is the registration distance (between lens mount and sensor). Nikon lenses sit slightly farther from the sensor, which means that you can mount a Nikon lens on a Canon body with a 2.5mm spacer to get the correct distance, but if you try and mount a Canon lens on a Nikon body there ...


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As these camera makers own a smaller market share than Canon or Nikon, they have often tried more radical and innovative approaches than the big two. You can see both Canon and Nikon as more traditional makers with very consistent and proven features in their cameras. When Sony bought Konica-Minolta's camera division, they inherited the only body-based ...


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A tripod can be unstable by: Having cheap leg fasteners / too heavy a load for the legs My first tripod ever was a hand-me-down Velbon that had seen some abuse. Even sporting just a 20D and 70-200 f/4 (~3.2lbs) if left alone, the legs would begin to collapse. Slowly, sure, but enough to not want to walk away or be able to do a long exposure. Poor ...


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I've used a canon powershot N and added a rectangular piece of wood (8X6x5,5cm) changing this camera into a Rolleiflex lookalike. New I've added a level on top for better composing. Although there are cheaper levels the black finish makes it look good. I've also replaced the plastic wrapping around the thread with a metal casing. For me this change works ...


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In a reflective surface, the reflections are of the surrounding area. 1. The bigger the object the bigger space you need So, in your case, you need a really big space clean, let's say painted on white, like a photo studio. Look how humungous and clean a photo studio can be. I think you need about the space to fit two or three cars. A 90° corner could ...


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Things to consider when thinking of purchasing your first dSLR. 1. Can I afford a dSLR? If you've never used an interchangeable lens camera system before, realize that the cost is astronomical in comparison with fixed-lens cameras, because the camera body itself is just the start of your purchases and the basis of your system. It is also (weirdly) the most ...


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Disclaimer: This answer does not offer any help with decreasing shutter volume - it is an anecdote and therefore just a viewpoint that is related to your status quo. I think that there is not much you can do about it - if you are aware that your camera is non-silent and you try your best to avoid it being disturbing, you already did everything you could. ...


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The overall difference in typical image quality between a current smartphone like the Huawei P30 Pro and an older DSLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D isn't the difference between the sensors. The difference is about who makes the decisions when shooting and, more importantly, in post processing about how both are done. Recent smartphones have gotten very ...


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Buckle in for a long answer. There are three primary advantages that "studio" flash have over hotshoe flashes. The first, and most obvious is power; even the lower-powered "serious" units (we're not talking about AC-powered lightbulb-shaped slaves) tend to start at at least the equivalent of 2 "full-sized" speedlights (of the Nikon SB-910/Canon 600EX-RT/...


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The first question to ask yourself is Why do I need this prime lens? Is it because they are usually faster than zoom lenses? Is it because they are usually lighter and smaller than zoom lenses? Is it because I like changing lenses frequently (cause with prime you just have one focal length)? Is it because they are usually cheaper than zoom lenses? Or is it ...


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Choose (1) or (2): (1) If you want this board to tell you that you should buy a new body or lens: Yes, you should buy a new body and lenses. I think you could greatly improve every aspect of your photography by purchasing a D300 or D700, and a select group of Nikkor f2.8 VR lenses. They will make a world of difference. (2) If you want to hear the truth: ...


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You could get a really fast 50mm f/1.4 [or cheaper 1.8] lens for $£€ 200 second-hand that will make those fabulous blurry background photos that smartphones can now fake quite well, in low light too. You couldn't, however, get a smartphone with that capability for much under $£€ 1,000. Additionally... ..if you got bored of the nifty fifty you could sell it ...


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There is no hardware solution, short of some crazy* arrangement of mirrors to extend the actual optical distance. That's because perspective distortion solely related to distance, but there might be a software one, if you're able to throw a computer at the problem and able to accept some limitations. For a computational approach, see this paper: Perspective-...


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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 purposes described. Any differences are details — every option is an A and it's then down to arguing over A+ or A++, as well as subjective factors or very ...


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The 24-70 is an incredibly good lens - it's as sharp wide-open as just about any prime at every focal length across just about its entire field. But it's only 24-70. As you're talking about a full-frame Canon, that's as wide (16mm * crop factor of 1.5 = 24mm), but you'll be losing a lot of length at the telephoto end - your 90mm on APS-C is equivalent to ...


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I imagine most people would find a 50mm lens on an APS-C body to be too long most of the time. When I was in University I photographed events with a 50 f/1.4 on APS-C, whilst I appreciated the speed I always found the focal length to be a little long for full length shots and I was forever walking backwards... If I absolutely had to pick between them I ...


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Presumably because the people who buy their first DSLRs mostly come from the point-and-shoot world and care about the versatility afforded by the zoom more than about image quality. Also, a 50mm is way too long to be a good "default" lens with an APS-C camera, and good-quality ~30mm lenses are, due to certain quirks of optics, much more complex (and thus ...


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The main speedlight features to consider are: Power Speedlights (hotshoe flashes; distinct from outlet-powered studio strobes which are also flashes) are powered by AA batteries. As strobes go, they're the low end of the totem pole when it comes to power, so every spare bit of it you can scrape together is useful. The power output of a flash is generally ...


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I have a nice heavy tripod and a cheap, light aluminum tripod. I hear a lot of people talking about wind and vibration, etc, and I think you're right - the environment makes a big difference. Landscapes with little to no wind are very forgiving. However, even little wind can go a long way and cause vibration and the type of vibration we're talking about ...


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This is normally referred to as something like "dual control dials", and you're right, it's a very desirable feature. Very few entry-level cameras have this, but it's common on mid-tier "prosumer" DSLRs, and universal on higher-end models. You can find a list of models with this feature on a camera review / database site like Neocamera; try this search: ...


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How many of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photos were taken using autofocus? How many of Ansel Adams' masterpieces were taken with a camera that had an internal light meter? How many of Walter Iooss, Jr. and Neil Leifer's iconic photos for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s had the benefit of Image Stabilization? None, None, and None. The key ...


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Body - you can get better high ISO performance from a full frame body, if you're willing to rent one. That's worth a couple of stops. Lens - another couple of stops if you buy/hire an f/1.4 or f/1.8 lens, especially if you're shooting at the long end of your zoom at f/5.6 Light - in the picture you've given as an example, you seem to be standing in the dark....


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Digital picture frames typically suffer from: Odd aspect ratios for photos. While some cameras shoot 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios, a 3:2 is universal for photography. What the means is that you either crop to it or have black bars on screen. Most are low resolution. 1024x768? That's pretty small and they'll put that on a 15" or larger frame. Similar to aspect ...


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In general you will find a great deal of distaste for bridge cameras here and on most photography forums. In a few unique circumstances they can be good options (very inexpensive super zoom) but for most people they aren't recommended. Sensor size is a big deal Why not get a bridge camera? Since they were introduced and became somewhat popular, the market ...


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About 6 months after buying my 7D, I got the associated battery grip for it, and my feelings on it are mixed... As others have said, at times, the duplicated buttons for portrait orientation can come in extremely handy. Not only do they allow you to operate the camera in portrait mode without craning an arm over to reach the normal buttons, but because of ...


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First I'd like to address the other comments. They are correct if you present yourself as a professional photographer. While it may sound "snooty," it's true that you can't properly do a wedding unless you have some serious glass. You should have a collection that gives you 17mm-200mm and f/2.8 along that entire range. Prime is always better, but a 17-55 ...


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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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