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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

 

Not orbs, just ugly on my photos!

Can anybody help me diagnose the digital photography trouble I'm having? Link to blurry whitish spots all over my pix inside...TIA! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a teaching (digital) camera

I'm getting ready to teach a photography class for "at-risk" high schoolers. We have 8-10 students, and a budget of $1000 for supplies. So I'm trying to decide what cameras to buy for this class (and future classes), and seeking a camera that's cheap enough that we can buy 8-10 of them, but has enough manual control that it's interesting to play with. [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Issue: Selling camera lenses on eBay. Difficulty: I am clueless.

Well, I do have a little knowledge, but it is years past. Basically, I am trying to find out how to list camera lenses on eBay. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jan 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Lost my camera in the snow; is it worth trying to find it in the Spring?

I dropped our point-and-shoot today while sledding with the kids. I figure the camera is a write-off, but I may be able to find it when the snow melts. Will the SD card still be good? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Where should I sell my camera, in Seattle?

I want to sell my Nikon D40. I live just north of Seattle. What's the best place for me to sell it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Small, hideable, motion activated HD camera with built in DVR?

Car was broken into last night, and again I wondered why I can't seem to find a small HD camera and DVR combo that can be hidden in my car. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Dec 1, 2013 - 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

A camera for cheats

I'd like a camera that can take a photo very quickly after the shutter button is depressed, that can take lots of photos in rapid succession at a decent resolution, that can focus quickly, that has a good sized sensor, and works in low light. Oh and it should be inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by devnull on Nov 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Sony RX100 or Panasonic Lumix LX7?

After being disappointed in yet another set of vacation photos because I didn't want to lug my dSLR around and ended up relying on my phone's mediocre camera, I've decided it's time for a high-end point-and-shoot. I've spent a couple weeks researching and have narrowed it down to two: the Sony RX100 and the Panasonic Lumix LX7. But I'm having a hard time deciding between the two! Do you have experience with either/both that can help me decide? I don't mind spending the extra money on the RX100 if it's worth it, but is it? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

What camera would Leonard Shelby use in 2013?

I was thinking about dressing up as Leonard Shelby from Memento for Halloween. The stumbling block is trying to find the right camera to complete the costume. Does anyone know if any of the films that are still being produced are compatible with any camera that still looks roughly like the old style of polaroid camera* and wouldn't cost more than $50 for the camera and $2 per photo. Alternatively, does anyone have a suggestion on a good way to make something that looks like a convincing fake polaroid photo? * i.e. not like the new 300 series polaroid cameras.
posted by vegetableagony on Oct 16, 2013 - 3 answers

How does a modern 1/2.3" sensor camera compare to a 10 year old D-SLR?

My 2003 EOS 300D / Digital Rebel with the kit lens still beats my teenager's 2012 smartphone for noise in shadow detail. He's interested in still photography and wants a point & shoot. [more inside]
posted by morganw on Oct 9, 2013 - 7 answers

I need a camera halfway between a smartphone and a DSLR.

I am looking for a digital camera that is easier to carry around than my DSLR, but a more capable camera than my smartphone. I am looking to spend at most $500. I have a couple ideas, but it's been a long time since I shopped for cameras, and I wanted some more recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Aug 7, 2013 - 22 answers

But I really really want THIS one

I've been looking for the Fujifilm x100s camera for over a month and it's just not out there. I'm traveling at the beginning of September and really want to get this camera before then. Is there any possibility of that or am I being silly? Does anyone know any good places to look? Does anyone know when the shortage will be over? I'm in the Chicagoland, USA area if that helps. Thanks.
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jul 15, 2013 - 8 answers

No photos, please?

Is it okay to ask guests not to take photos during our wedding ceremony? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Jun 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Best budget camera lens for travel

What is the best lens for a trip to Europe, for a Canon Rebel XS, that is budget-friendly? I'm looking for a lens that will give me a good range of wide shots (buildings, landscapes, etc) as well as the nice details in closer shots. I would ideally like to carry only one lens with me, since I'm traveling light and don't really want to change out lenses all the time. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Apr 21, 2013 - 24 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

How did they do the camera move in this old Cabaret Voiltaire video?

Ever since I saw the video for Cabaret Voltaire's Sensoria a gazillion and nine years ago, I've wondered how they accomplished that freaky, vertiginous camera move. You see it at the beginning of the video, with lots of quick little inserted shots to break it up, but then it turns up again a few times later without any cuts. It seems like the camera is on an overhead track, but you never see a track as the camera is swooping around. Was it on some sort of a crane? The shot's wide enough that it would seem like you would see the crane off on one side or the other. (If you've never heard the song, plan to spend a good part of your work day tomorrow muttering, "Do right... Always work... Go to church.")
posted by Ursula Hitler on Feb 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you explain to me this shadow-line phenomenon in a photo?

I feel like I understand a thing or two about light, but I can't figure out how/why this particular phenomenon happens. This photo I took shows a shadow line cast by my bank (on the right) that seems to just hang in the air. [more inside]
posted by heyho on Jan 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Getting started with Polaroid

What is the best film for a Polaroid 600 Business Edition? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 21, 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

110 Shades of Grey

Is it a good idea to buy a grey-market SLR lens? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

My older mother needs a very simple but cool camera

Very Simple Camera For Older Person [more inside]
posted by metasav on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Need recommendations for brands of lens filters

Photographers: Please recommend good, relatively inexpensive clear and polarized lens filters. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me fool my film camera

How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jun 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Marsh monitoring for dummies.

I'm working on setting up an outdoor webcam that can pan, tilt, and zoom with web (and possibly iPad/smartphone) access, and I'm having a heck of a time finding a good solution to do all of the above. Help? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jun 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Chicago Fuji Battery Charger

I've got a four-hour layover at Chicago O'Hare tomorrow afternoon, during which I'd like to buy a charger and spare battery for my Fuji X100. [more inside]
posted by erikgrande on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

gorgeous high-res photos of baby vomit

Non-photographer new parents looking for a decent camera to capture their wee one! [more inside]
posted by Theta States on May 8, 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

Need help choosing between Nikon 5100 and 7000

I have a Nikon D50. I am looking for an upgrade and am having a hard time choosing between D5100 and D7000. Would love to have your recommendation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by justlooking on Mar 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me take pictures with Dad's 1967 rangefinder camera

I've inherited my father's 1967 rangefinder camera. The metering doesn't work anymore. Help me take pictures with it again. [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

I know it's a camera angle, but how do I MEASURE it?

How do I measure the angle I hold my camera at to take a picture, so I can take other photos to composite together and have it not look terrible? [more inside]
posted by mephron on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Selecting Camera

Need to understand what kind of camera I should get based on the criteria of this beginner's class. (You need to scroll down to the second class, "Introduction to Digital Photography.") [more inside]
posted by orsonet on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Best quiet digital camera for low-light and candids?

What is the best digital camera (and possibly lenses) for street photography, candids, and low light situations? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jan 11, 2012 - 17 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

Have Pentax, will Nikon?

Given my investment in lenses, should I stay with Pentax or is now the time to switch to Nikon/Canon? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Jan 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Camera Needed. Not too expensive, likes indoors.

Best camera for indoor/low light conditions about $500ish --without use of a flash preferably. Difficulty: Must be available at Best Buy or somewhere immediately available. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jan 8, 2012 - 11 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

Repair DSLR or buy a new Micro Four Thirds camera?

We've a 3 year old Canon Rebel XS. It suddenly started reporting an 'Error #99' about a year ago, and the estimates I've received for repairing it are around $250, ugh. Before I spend the money doing that, I was considering replacing it with another camera, wonder what the hive mind thinks. [more inside]
posted by carterk on Dec 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Best Low Light Still Camera?

Best low light still camera under $250? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Dec 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Grandma loves her snaps

Grandma needs a new camera and I'd really like to switch her over to a digital camera. But are there any cameras built for seniors? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 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

My Little Little Camera

Can I have your recommendations on a digital camera for a 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by Spumante 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

Mysterious security cam vid

I am attempting to play a video file that has come from a security camera, under Ubuntu. I think it's a codec problem, but I'm not sure of the solution. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Sep 1, 2011 - 12 answers

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