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What camera do I want, 2015 edition

Time for me to upgrade from the combination of a Canon point-and-shoot, and the camera on my phone. What camera is a good next step for an aspiring photographer? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Nov 25, 2015 - 21 answers

A week's travel photos ... Poof! Gone. Can you help?

We're traveling in Japan and my daughter has been taking photos all along on her Sony nex5r camera. After 10 days of beautiful photos, it suddenly it displayed a dialog stating a file format "not recognized" ... ! [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Camera for a 4 year old?

My four year old son is showing a lot of interest in our cameras, and I'd like to get him one of his own. I'm looking for recommendations from parents whose kid(s) have had and used one for a while and had a good experience with it. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Old Camera filter - Mamiya C33 - what to do with it?

I recently came into some old camera equipment, namely a Mamiya C33 with manuals, lenses, and accessories. It looks pretty awesome, but I'm not really a fan of photography- what should I do with it? What might it be worth? [more inside]
posted by mnop on Oct 18, 2015 - 11 answers

What camera should I buy for filming good quality videos for YouTube?

I have an option to buy a used Canon 60D for about $500 CAN, no lenses included. I also see on BH Photo the option to buy the Canon 70D refurbished for about $800 USD. I want a good quality camera to film sit-down videos and sometimes vlogs. Can I get away with using the 60D and will it be good quality? [more inside]
posted by valmonster on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Over my Head in the Sony DLSR Swamp

7 months ago I bought a Sony A7II DLSR camera. Though I knew there was a steep learning curve going in, I still haven't mastered the thing. I need some resources (hopefully a class) that will allow me to learn how to take non-grainy pics with this camera. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jul 26, 2015 - 8 answers

To Repair or Replace My DSLR?

I'm a hobbyist photographer on a very fixed income. My camera is Nikon D3100, which I bought used for $300. Last fall it survived my apartment fire, and I think there's some discoloration from smoke damage. Don't know if I should repair (if so, where? And how much would it cost?) or replace (if so, with what?) I would love some help deciding if repairs would be worth it and, if not, suggestions on models that are good for newbies and are also affordable used.
posted by mermaidcafe on May 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Time to upgrade from a smartphone. What camera should I buy?

I'm thinking I should pick up a camera to use on my honeymoon in Costa Rica this summer and just to have a better camera around in general (have an iPhone 6). I don't want a DSLR cause I want pretty good portability and no lens-swapping (although the ability to add lenses later doesn't necessarily need to be counted out), in addition to not spending as much as necessary for a solid DSLR/lenses. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jan 23, 2015 - 12 answers

I need to photograph flooring samples. DIY light tent?

The company I work for wants to take pictures of flooring samples (artificial surfaces that look almost identical to wood). They want 4-5 boards roughly 4 ft x 8 in laid flat and then photographed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Explain zoom lens specs please?

Can someone explain these two types of zoom lens specs? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 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

Help me find a good older model DSLR

Hi all. I'm thinking of upgrading my camera from a bridge/superzoom to a proper DSLR. My budget is pretty small and it's likely to see some pretty rough use, so I probably don't want to get anything new. I think I have a pretty good idea of my requirements, but navigating the world of obsolete DSLRs is a bit complicated for me so I would appreciate your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

DSLR on a budget: Buy an older high-end or a newer low-end camera?

This blog post has inspired me take better photos of people without spending a fortune. For a given budget (let's say camera body less than $600) should I buy a current low-end DSLR (e.g. the Canon Rebel T5i) or watch eBay for a used higher-end DSLR from a few years ago (e.g. the Nikon D7000)? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 16, 2013 - 17 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

Canon Rebel XTi to Fuji x100s to ?

I loved my Canon Rebel XTi, then sold it and got a Fuji x100s. There are things that frustrate me about the Fuji, and I need some help figuring out what camera might be a better fit for me. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Lumix LX1 vs. Powershot G9?

Small camera enthusiasts: I have had an LX1 as my sole non-cellphone camera for a few years. I like its size. I like its controls. I like shooting in RAW. I don't mind the limited optical zoom, but the dangling loose lens cap is a pain and the low-light performance is abysmal. I have a line on a G9 at a good price. How much of an upgrade would it be?
posted by jon1270 on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Vintage film camera repair in the DC area?

I've got a vintage Pentax K1000 that I would like to get looked and and CLA (Clean, Lube, and Adjust) serviced. I've got a bit of a sentimental attachment to it, so I am looking for personal experiences/recommendations. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Best NYC street shopping for cheap import photography stuff

I'm going to be in NYC soon. I buy a lot of import (read: straight from Shenzen) photography junk (stands, lens hoods, macro rails, Benro tripods/heads, LED lights, etc). All cheap and low-ish quality. I buy this stuff on eBay and it is almost always coming from Shenzen or NYC/Jersey. If I wanted to see stores or kiosks full of it, where should I look?
posted by fake on Mar 20, 2013 - 3 answers

I hate the camera I bought two years ago. Is there any way to like it?

I bought a Nikon D90 with the 50-105mm/f3.5 kit lens and a 55mm/f1.8 fixed lens. I liked it at first, but now I hate it. Is there any way now to like it even a little bit? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Pimp my instagram

Pro tips or tutorials on taking A Beautiful Mess style photos please. [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for help selecting a DSLR for documenting artwork

What's a good DSLR camera and lens for photographing artwork? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Camera recs

Good camera for shooting ceramics? I'm shooting some ceramics for an Etsy seller (along with some other work) and am wondering whether I'd be good with a basic P&S camera or whether it'd be worth renting a DSLR. If a P&S, do you have a recommendation for purchase that would be good for shooting art and crafts in the future?
posted by liketitanic on Oct 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me choose a camera!

I'd like to move up from a point-and-shoot camera to a sub-$400 starter DSLR -- but which to choose? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Turning a huge collection of digital photos into prints

What is an easy solution for someone who takes a lot of photos and would like to print all of them--or create a printed photo book--WITHOUT putting a lot of effort into it? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 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

Fitted case with an 18-135 lens?

Fitted case w/an 18-135 lens? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Why is my camera seeing red?

What is causing this red fringe in long exposures from my D300? [more inside]
posted by knave on Oct 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Widest P&S?

Which modern point-and-shoot digital camera has the widest lens? [more inside]
posted by richrad on Mar 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Why are video cameras used for still shots by news channels (and not digital cameras)?

Why are video cameras used for still shots by news channels (and not digital cameras)? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Help with a Holga 120 camera!

I just impulse purchased a Holga 120 camera (well, one for me, and one as a gift). I know next to nothing about this camera. My questions are: What else should I have in order to get this most out of this fun little camera (accessory wise)? What type of film should I purchase? Any tips you have about interesting ways to use the Holga? Any other must know information? Thanks in advance!
posted by muxnaw on Dec 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Photography for Dummies

Any advice for a beginner to film photography? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Film or digital for a novice?

Do you see any advantages for a photography novice in 2010 in starting out with a 35mm SLR that shoots film of the dipping-in-chemicals-in-a-darkroom variety? I'm toying with taking up photography purely for artistic/pleasure reasons, doubt I'll be taking classes, and would be spending no more than a couple hours a week on this. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Aug 22, 2010 - 34 answers

I suck at cameras

Extreme photography noob question: I have a canon powershot sd880. Why do photos becomes incredibly blurry when I turn off flash (but not when it's on autoflash and the flash doesn't go off)? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jun 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me shake the digital SLR camera body blues

About ten years ago, I was given a couple Pentax 35mm film SLR bodies, and some lenses, which I was happy with. Especially the SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 lens, with which I discovered bokeh and existing-light photography. But after a while, I got tired of having to store and process film, since I just put all the pictures into my computer anyway. So I got a *ist DS, since that was compatible with all my lenses. But my favorite prime lens has been turned into a zoom by the reduced sensor size. The closest equivalent I've found is the FA 31mm Limited, but that costs ~$1000 USD, and its not even f1.4, its f1.8. Given this issue, along with the fussiness of getting all the auto-exposure/focus stuff to work the way I want it to, and I'm really missing my film camera bodies. Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Jun 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Or should I just save up & buy the expensive back?

Where the heck do I get a really high-res board camera with a basic embedded system & the software libraries to control it? [more inside]
posted by spaghetti on Apr 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Quick - need a good, simple DSLR for $1500!

Your boss gives you 24 hours and $1500 to buy a simple DSLR camera for use in a clinic so the docs can take digital pictures of skin lesions and other pathologies, for future use in trainings (PowerPoints), websites, handouts etc. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Mar 19, 2010 - 32 answers

Where to buy a cheapish rangefinder camera (film) in Madrid or London

I'm in Madrid this semester, and would like to pick up an old rangefinder camera (film) or similar for around 20 euros. Is digging around antique shops and similar my best bet? Do you know a place? Or are there actually some not-terribly-expensive used camera shops in this big pretty city? Are there secondhand shops/thrift stores at all in this town? Aware of El Rastro, tried once with no luck and will probably try again Sunday. I'll also be in London next weekend and am not opposed to buying it there if you know a place. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Are Nikon D5000s currently sitting on shelves still affected by the recall?

Nikon recalled the D5000 a few months ago - are the ones on store shelves today still affected? [more inside]
posted by consilience on Dec 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Film cameras used to be so straightforward...

PhotoFilter: Is the Coolpix 5000 still a good camera for general household use? Was it ever? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Oct 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Cheap "Dry Box" For Camera Gear?

Are there cheap alternatives for the large and elaborate "dry boxes" I see listed for use as dehumidified storage cabinets for lenses and other camera gear? I've built up a little collection, live where the summer humidity is often high, and do not run my AC 24/7. My first thought is that this is basically an airtight box with a bunch of dessicant inside. Can't really be that simple, though.
posted by justcorbly on Jul 31, 2009 - 6 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

What takes good photos that takes good photos?

Help me find a good-looking (retro?) and affordable camera for a present. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Jun 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me spend somebody else's money on a new camera!

Shopping for somebody else and looking for a digital SLR camera that can handle a handful of specific requirements. I know nothing about these things. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Gear needed and/or methods to use to take a decent headshot/portrait photo

Please help a landscape photographer take a decent headshot. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Feb 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Flip me left, flip me right

iPhotoFilter: how to make vertically-oriented photos taken on a Casio EX-V8 automatically show up that way in iPhoto? [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Jan 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Digital Pocket Camera with RAW?

I am looking for a pocket digital camera (point and shoot) that will store the files in RAW. [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Oct 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Camera Ready

I have: A great camera (Nikon D700), a great printer (Epson 3800), a good eye for urban travel photos (a recent local gallery showing). I don't have: A decent website or any pictures on Flickr, a photography network of any kind. My objective is to supplement my current income with income from photography. What's my next step?
posted by Xurando on Oct 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Is this an impossible camera quest?

I'd like a new point and shoot digital camera, but am at a bit of a loss on where to start. My current camera-history and requirements for a new one are inside. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Sep 30, 2008 - 14 answers

Why won't my Macbook recognize my Canon S3 IS as a device?

Trying and failing to transfer photos from camera to laptop - why won't my Macbook recognize my Canon S3 IS as a device? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Do film cameras have any unique benefits?

In terms of output, what are the benefits to using film cameras over digital? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jul 4, 2008 - 22 answers

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