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This will not be a problem. Milliamp-hours are a rating of the capacity of the battery (metaphorically, the size of the gas tank), and having extra won't cause any harm. (Basically, it's how long the power will last, not how strong it is.) It's possible but unlikely that cost-cutting in the battery may have other, more problematic issues, but many people use ...


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Third party lenses are generally safe to use. The only situation that is likely to damage the camera is if the lens focuses light weirdly and so creates a part of the camera a lot hotter than usually or overloads the sensor. This is very unlikely. Third party lenses (especially from manufacturers such as Tamron, Tonkina and Sigma) are usually of equal (and ...


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Have a look at the cheap eBay intervalometers - they let you do very long exposures (using bulb mode on the camera) and also work as a normal remote release. I have one for my Nikon DSLR - It was around £12 or so, and (other than having a camera cable with an inline mini jack connector so you could use the same device with different camera connectors) it's ...


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I've always bought both OEM and 3rd party batteries in the past to compare and see what is a better value. The answer to this question does vary a bit depending on what 3rd party/generic battery in particular that you are talking about. Some perform better, some worse. I personally use the Amazon reviews as a signal to how many people have had success or ...


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The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC was introduced in 2016. The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G was introduced in 2012. Most lenses settle into a lower street price a few months after their introduction than the price they command when first introduced. It's still very early to see where the long term price of the Tamron will settle. The most obvious difference is the ...


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It looks like the Energizer compatible offers less longevity: 800-970mAh (depends on the exact subtype of the Energizer one) vs. the official 1080mAh of the Canon brand. I could not find any information about the Energizer providing any of the data feedback, such as power level and the like. I did find several sellers that made a key point out about how to ...


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So, unfortunately, this is complicated, because as often as not people mean something different from the original sense, and you kind of have to guess from context. The term means original equipment manufacturer — a company that makes components. As you probably know, nothing complicated these days is built all in one factory. And, in fact, not all of the ...


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I use MaximalPower LP-E6 batteries in my 7D and 5DII. They function exactly the same in every respect as the Canon LP-E6 batteries that came with the cameras. They charge on the same charger, the camera reads the serial # in the battery, and displays the charge level, number of shots, recharge performance, and remembers the date and charge state the last ...


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For lenses: overall build quality and durability (how long the lens will last) smoothness of zoom and focus, zoom creep materials - metal or plastic barrel and mount, glass or plastic lens elements optics number and design of elements (two similar lenses may have a different number and configuration of elements and this may affect the performance of the ...


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About two years ago I bought a set of three YN460II flashes (only manual, no TTL) to use alongisde a Canon 430EXII, mostly for taking portraits. I bought them for about $40 each considering them pretty much disposable. To my surprise, all of them are still going strong. I have dropped them many times (by accident of course, not for fun!) and so far none of ...


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Maybe, but Probably Not Third party batteries vary in quality and capacity, but their actual danger is massively exaggerated. Furthermore, the Chinese battery failures generally happen when the device is charging. Unless you have a camera which lets you charge your battery in the camera, even a spectacular failure will not likely damage the camera itself, ...


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In general hoods are not interchangeable, the mounting mechanism is more complex than a screw thread. There are probably examples of hoods that can be shared but this is the exception rather than the rule. You can buy generic rubber hoods which are designed to fit on most lenses. The same is true of tripod collars, unless you're lucky. There is a large ...


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Here are answers for your questions based on my YN-465 and all the research I did before getting it: What are most common issues that would require repair of a speedlite? The number one cause of speedlight damage is dropping it - if you drop it and you are unlucky it will break. The "professional" series (models 5xx) are supposedly much better at ...


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At a very generic level: There's a small microcontroller in the flash. The CPU in the camera talks to the microcontroller in the flash. If the camera gets the responses it's expecting, it treats it as a Canon flash and lets you do everything with it. If the camera doesn't get the responses it's expecting, it degrades the functionality. Canon will claim ...


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The plugs are all different, but the actual function of wired remotes are remarkably alike (with the lone exception of Panasonic - we'll get to that in a minute). Regardless of the interface used to connect the camera and wired remote, they are all pretty much simple three wire switches with a ground, a wire for 'half-press/focus', and a wire for 'fire'. The ...


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Lenses advertised as using the Sony E-mount (Wikipedia) are compatible with Sony NEX cameras, including your NEX-F3. The Meike-E-35-1.7 lens you linked to has an E-mount bayonet, so it is compatible with your camera. The Helios 44M-2 lens you linked to has an M42 mount bayonet, so it is not directly compatible with your camera. However, you can get a M42-...


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The "best" answer to this question appears to be changing with time - possibly due to changing market factors. As of mid 2015 the clones (based on a small but non zero sample of a few brands) seem to be getting worse. Short: Clone batteries typically have a somewhat higher early failure rate and generally decline in capacity faster than originals. Clone ...


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The chances are high. Nikon started putting holograms on their batteries so they would be recognized as originals because some fakes burst into flames after some use. Most importantly, is why are you even considering this? You paid good money for a nice camera and you want to risk it by saving some money on a cheap battery? If the one you have is not enough,...


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No. The Jessops 360AFD is almost certainly a relabeled version of the Tumax DPT386AFZ. This flash is made by Icorp Development Ltd., a Hong Kong company which makes low-cost reverse-engineered dedicated system flashes sold under the Tumax brand and also as what they call "private label" products. Other versions of this flash, or other models from Tumax, are ...


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It's funny you should ask because I have just sent a second grip back from my D7000 and ordered a third by Meike. The first two I had were unbranded but I have a suspicion that they're all the same anyway with a different sticker. I certainly can't tell the difference. The problem is that if you have no choice other than to get a third party one you may not ...


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I have several cheap $5 remote shutter releases for canon cameras. Never had a problem with them. Releasing a shutter remotely is such a simple operation, I can't image a 3rd party tool will cause any problems.


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With my ti2 non-Canon flash fires like it should when shooting through view finder but in live view it fires only if you use continuess shooting and then it fires on second exposure, not on first shot. So with live view you’ll have to Take two shots to have the flash exposure. Toni


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I am a generic battery user and have had great experiences with them, but I would caution that you have to do some homework and know what you are buying. Some budget battery manufactures have better quality control than others, so read reviews of the manufactures and stick with the more popular sellers. The other thing to watch out for is that recently ...


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have a look on METZ flashes - they have wide range of products and good price/performance ratio.


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There's one that I've looked at several times as a possibility for my next flash - although I have no personal experience with it - the Vivitar DF383. Features: TTL Swivel and Tilt GN45 AF focus assist


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You shouldn't have any problems with a grip designed for the T2i working on a T3i. They have the same body shape on the bottom, and both use the same battery. As you said, the Canon grip is identical - the BG-E8, so there is no reason why other brands wouldn't work the same. The only reason one of them wouldn't work for some reason is if it had extra ...


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Their guide number and zoom range are the same, but they are certainly not the same model. For example, the Jessops has ability swivel and is available for multiple brands, while Pentax is a dedicated P-TTL capable flash without swivel. As reported, head size of the Pentax is 2 9/16" wide by 1 5/8" high (65 x 41 mm). Compare that with your Jessops to see if ...


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I've used third party lenses when the quality was as good as or almost as good as the Canon lenses. One of the favorite lenses I've ever owned was the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II. It served me well on APS-C bodies at less than 1/2 the price (at that time) of the comparable Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. That lens and my old 50D were made for each other! The ...


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I recently bought a Yongnuo YN465 for about $80 from Hong Kong, I cannot comment on how it compares to the Nikon ones but it beats the on-board flash hands down. It has tilt, swivel, ttl and will zoom to some degree. Also has a slave function built in to fire off another flash.


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Tough to answer authoritatively because of the wide range of quality from various vendors. I can only give my own experience: I've been using a third-party (eBay/no-name) tripod ring for my 70-200 f/2.8 (NON-IS) for a number of years (I believe this is size 'B' which is slightly smaller than what's needed for the 70-200 2.8 IS). It seems reasonably sturdy ...


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