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Explain to me a point-and-shoot's wide depth of field

Digital point-and-shoots have a very wide depth of field. I've been explained this is because of the tiny sensor size. But film P&S have very wide depth of field too, despite being "full frame." My guess is because of the lens distance to film and small aperture. Is this correct? Say, if I frankenmount a film P&S lens to a DSLR would I get the same wide depth of field of a P&S?
posted by jgwong on Jun 14, 2014 - 13 answers

What does my camera do with the distance information?

I'm looking at buying a used Nikkor lens to use on my D80 (and on whatever the next body I buy is when I finally retire that body). For many of the older lenses you can get a significant savings by buying the version of the lens that does not send distance info to the camera (non-D version). How much do I care? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Best starter lens for Canon 60D?

I'm buying my first DSLR, a Canon 60D. My original intention had been to purchase a body and (18-55mm) lens kit and spend some time learning with that before purchasing any other lenses. However, I have found an excellent deal on a 60D body only and am contemplating purchasing that and putting the savings (and maybe a little top-up from the slush-fund) to purchasing a separate lens. (Especially as i understand that kit lenses tend not to be great quality). What would be your recommendation for a good, versatile lens for a DSLR beginner?
posted by jcm on Nov 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Should I buy a camera?

That's my question, really... I'll be going on a short overseas trip soon and I'm still undecided about whether or not I should splurge in a new camera. Surprisingly long (more inside) for a camera question. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Nov 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Macro Photography for Beginners

I have discovered the joy of taking photos of teensy, tiny things - like baby snails! - and would like to move beyond my cellphone's camera. Since this is a hobby, not a new career path, I'd like to spend as little as possible, and definitely remain well-under $1,000 (CAD), while getting great results. Any advice? I need to be able to buy this camera in Canada, please! [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Aug 1, 2013 - 15 answers

No PC sync on Canon 6D? No problem!

What are your best workarounds for the lack of a PC sync port on the Canon 6D? And, additionally, I'd love to hear your experiences with the 6D vs the 5D MK III.
posted by nevercalm on Jun 24, 2013 - 13 answers

What's the best simple lavalier microphone setup to use with DSLRs?

I've been tasked with filming a series of seated "talking head" interviews using my DSLRs. What's the best way to create a minimal audio setup that will have acceptable quality, be reasonably easy to set up on location and to edit the final results, and also be reasonably cost-effective? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for a great travel camera.

Looking for a compacter-than-DSLR camera to take traveling for a couple of months. I really like my Nikon D90 for its low-light and manual capabilities, but I don't think I'll enjoy bringing it around with me the whole time. I really want a camera that can handle low light and takes good video, without being as bulky as an SLR. I think the NEX-6 satisfies these requirements pretty well. Do I want a NEX-6? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Feb 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Five days with a DSLR. What to shoot?

I am renting a DSLR camera for five days. If you were doing this, what would you shoot? [more inside]
posted by cribcage on Jan 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me use my DSLR to shoot auto races

I am a rank beginner at photography. Last night I took my DSLR to an auto race and most of my pictures turned out blurry or under/overexposed or otherwise sucky. Occasionally I got lucky. What am I most likely doing wrong, and how can I get better at shooting cars in motion? I'd appreciate your tips or links to online tutorials. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 29, 2012 - 19 answers

this seems too good to be true

Can you tell me if the camera packages at this discount online storefront are good value for money? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 19, 2012 - 10 answers

DSLR filter: Help me pick my first non-kit lens!

Several years ago, I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350D) with the kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm). I've gotten a bit better since the early days, and I have a good eye, but I'm still not well-versed in the really technical stuff. In any case, I'll be taking a trip to Scotland later this year, and I'd really like to use my first overseas trip in over ten years as an excuse to upgrade my lens to something nicer. Complications: I'm also getting married soon and of course paying for said overseas trip, so my budget is pretty low, at least in terms of lenses—no more than $500, and preferably below $400. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jun 5, 2012 - 16 answers

A DSLR that shoots good video

My wife and I would like to get a digital camera, probably a DSLR, that will take good video as well as stills. We will be using it to shoot pictures of a baby...ok, our baby. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Canon 60D versus Nikon D5100

Another newbie dSLR question: First time buyer trying to decide between a Canon 60D versus Nikon D5100. I hope you guys aren't getting annoyed with these yet. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on May 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for Versatile Camera Recommendations

What's the best micro 4/3 (or similar format) camera for my needs on the market right now (or soon-to-be-released)? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Apr 18, 2012 - 34 answers

What is a good entry-level DSLR camera model in 2012?

I used Canon point-and-shoot cameras before my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D80, which just broke down. I'm interested in getting a new DSLR camera. [more inside]
posted by remi on Apr 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Lights, Camera, Action

Help me buy Canon lenses without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Apr 13, 2012 - 28 answers

Nikon vs Cannon DSLR Kits

Buying a Nikon or Cannon DSLR, package details inside please help me I have been flip flopping over the two [more inside]
posted by ibakecake on Jan 31, 2012 - 30 answers

In search of an inexpensive, solid performing Canon DSLR. <$200 budget

Options for a decent, inexpensive second-hand Canon DSLR? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Large Sensor DSLR with great video

[DSLR Filter] What are the best options for a digital SLR or Mirrorless SLR style with the following features: APS-C or larger size sensor, ability to autofocus during video, and silent lens operation (for video)? [more inside]
posted by qwip on Jan 3, 2012 - 6 answers

What's going on with my camera? :(

What's going on with my camera? [more inside]
posted by revikim on Dec 30, 2011 - 5 answers

DESIRED: Fast, wide, compact? cameras.

I want a camera that a) is decent in low light, b) has or can be equipped with a fast, wideish lens and focus and take pictures quickly and c) ideally is smaller than most DSLRs. [more inside]
posted by pmv on Nov 22, 2011 - 25 answers

Got baby, got DSLR. Now what?

I'm a newbie to the world of photography, although it's something I've wanted to learn for awhile. Now that I have my first baby, it seems like a good time to get on the stick and try to figure out what I'm doing. I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby on Oct 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me buy a camera?

I want a digital SLR. Which one and what accessories? [more inside]
posted by mewohu on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

News at 6!

DSLR Filter- Narrowed my choices down, need an outside opinion on a couple details. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Sep 23, 2011 - 17 answers

Friday Night Lights are not, it turns out, that bright.

PhotographyFilter: Teach me how to shoot outside at night under stadium lighting. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Mark-II be or not Mark-II?

Trying to decide on a DSLR. The deciding factor is low-light performance... but I'm not sure how good is "good enough." Principally, I'm waffling between the Canon 5D and the Canon 5D Mark-II, which seem to vary almost exclusively in their low-light performance. However, since the "Mark I" 5D has a full-frame sensor (and therefore should have much better low-light performance than any smaller sensor out there, based merely on quantum light noise)... is it good enough for flashless inside photography? The price difference is basically 100%, since I can bet a "Mark I" for $1k used. Personal experiences, please?
posted by IAmBroom on Jul 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Advice on Professional Cleaning of a DSLR Sensor

I've had a Canon 5D Mark II for about 2.5 years, and I've recently noticed some bad dust particle issues that are on the sensor or mirror, not the lens. Can someone recommend a good camera store in New York City that could do a good professional job of cleaning my sensor (and an idea of how much this will cost)? I've looked into cleaning kits, and I think I would rather have a professional do it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by samoa on Jul 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Home movies: will a DSLR work for me?

I'm considering upgrading my DSLR to one with video capabilities. What will my experience be like for making home videos (babies doing baby stuff, cats playing, family parties)? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jun 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Flex your video-out, baby!

My choices for cameras have been limited by my requirement that it has to have a flexible display, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, or the newly released Canon 60D. But maybe I'm thinking the wrong way... Is there a way to plug a portable video screen into my camera, and achieve the same viewing flexibility? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Which camera should I buy?

Movin' on up filter: Nikon D3100 or Panasonic DMC-G2? [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders on Feb 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for good (small?) cameras for dark concert photos

DSLR vs Pro-Sumer camera quandary, live performance variation. I'm looking at upgrading to a better camera (specifically because my Point-n-Shoot does poorly capturing live shows in dark venues), but I'm not sure if I am ready for a DSLR. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 8, 2010 - 24 answers

AGGGHHH Weird Canon 7D artifact?

Weird Canon 7D artifact? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

a few good len(s)

[DSLR-filter] I'm buying my first DSLR camera! Woohoo, excitement all around (except in my wallet). I've settled on a Nikon D90, but I'm not sure what lens to get with it. Options/details inside. [more inside]
posted by firei on Oct 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Smallest VR / IS prime lens for Nikon?

What is the smallest Nikon (or compatible) image-stabilization lens? My search results seem to indicate it is this: Nikon 18mm - 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Wide Angle Autofocus Zoom Lens, which is a VR version of the kit lens on a D40. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Want to sell my 20D with a lens and some accessories; how much?

I'm trying to figure out a good price for my Canon 20D with the battery grip and the 17-85mm lens. [more inside]
posted by Joseppi on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Cameras that can take a beating

Sturdy, dependable cameras for a school? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Apr 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Is there something wrong with my new camera?

On my new canon rebel xsi, in aperture priority mode the camera won't let me open the aperture past 5.0, how do I fix this or is there something wrong with my camera? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Dec 29, 2009 - 6 answers

First-time DSLR buyer looking for advice

What camera and lens combinations would you suggest for a DSLR for macro/indoor photography (without flash) for a newbie? Price range around 1200 USD. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Dec 10, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me choose a beginner DSLR?

What beginner's dslr should I buy? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Nov 25, 2009 - 42 answers

To The Moon Alice, and BEYOND!!!

Any suggestions for a high powered telescope that is t-ring compatible (for DSLR) AND is tough and light enough for backpacking and camping? I'm thinking 40 lbs max. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 23, 2009 - 8 answers

DSLR n00b

New to the DSLR world, and I need the hive mind's help with a couple questions. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

Whats an ideal everyday lens for an EOS 450D?

I need advice on a 'walking-around' lens on a sub-frame Canon DSLR. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Sep 24, 2009 - 33 answers

Help a DSLR Noob

[DSLR Noob Filter] Do I need to invest in a VR (vibration reduction) lens? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 21, 2009 - 28 answers

Transition Lenses: SLR to DSLR

When is an old camera lens good enough to influence which DSLR body to purchase? [more inside]
posted by yamel on Aug 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me choose a DSLR.

Can anyone recommend a good action, landscaping, and travel DSLR in the $~1000 range? I tend to travel around and take pictures of nature, which include landscape as well as fast-moving animals. (Low light would be nice too, but I won't hold my breath.) I have read this, but it's from '07. I'd like updated recommendations.
posted by biochemist on Jul 20, 2009 - 10 answers

EASY secrets of taking great photos

What are your favourite photographer's tricks that an amateur could use to create stunning photos on a hobbyist budget? [more inside]
posted by JensR on Jul 16, 2009 - 35 answers

Which lens do I want for the Olympus EP-1?

I'm about to become an 'early adopter' for the first time. The Olympus EP-1 digital camera will be hitting the market in July just at the time when I'm ready to upgrade. Two lens options available: 17mm or 14-42mm. Which one do I want? [more inside]
posted by yamel on Jun 27, 2009 - 19 answers

Which DSLR would you pick?

I need to choose between buying a used Nikon D50 and a used Canon Rebel XT. I would like to hear about your experience with any of these fine cameras. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Jun 2, 2009 - 25 answers

Video as photography

Help me choose a good camera (dSLR or camcorder) for "fine art" cinematography. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 1, 2009 - 11 answers

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