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Trying to find the best camera to buy? How about finding the best photographic equipment to buy? Read the following questions and answers for help with everything from digital camera ratings and reviews to finding the best film for your old Nikkormat.

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Gagan S. Matharoo
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  1 .  Mirror less cameras by FUJI - X 10
HI all

I am planning to buy a FUJI FILM x10- model mirror less camera

Although I own a canon kit with 2 bodies and a few prime lenses which are bulky to carry when going oout on family trips and walk around shooting.

i ama in a dilemma which mirror less to buy.
The prime reason to buy a mirror less camera is for walk around shooting and for for family trips.
Am looking to buy a FUji Film X 10 - as it has a zoom lens fitted on ( dont hv to carry around a bunch of lenses)with a F 2.0-2.8 range.

Want to know your opinions on the image quality and performance of the kit.

Thanks All

7/18/2014 5:39:34 AM

  Gagan, your delimma is being widely felt over the larger photographer base, and many are thinking seriously of taking the leap to lighter smaller cameras which are almost equal in quality and results to the heavier bulkier DSLRs of the current era.

I am a big believer that in the not-too-distant future, mirror-less cameras will be used widely by photographers and the high end DSLRs will survive and that too only by the professional photogrpaers.

In your quest of getting a mirrorless lightweight camera, I suggest you take a look at the below website which you might find helpful in making the decision. There is Fuji X100 and X100S too to consider.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/fuji/x10.htm

UB.

7/19/2014 4:27:48 AM

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Virginia Kickle
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  2 .  mirrorless cameras
Has anyone had experience with mirrorless cameras? I purchased a Panasonic GX7 and a few lenses recently and am seriously considering using it as a replacement for my DSLR. I have been finding it increasingly difficult to carry my DSLR and lenses.

7/6/2014 8:02:31 AM

  My husband Jack got a Canon EOS-M for his birthday/Father's Day last month and loves it. Our daughter-in-law's brother has an Olympus Pen E PM2 and loves his as well, although he said now that he's seen the Canon he likes it a bit better. Jack also bought an adapter so he can use all the lenses from his Canon DSLR on the new one. It comes with an 18-55.

7/7/2014 6:32:09 AM

  Thanks for your response. I have been happy with my Canon 60D and lenses and I am struggling with the idea of replacing the DSLR system with a mirrorless system.

But so far, I am loving using the smaller, lighter camera.

7/7/2014 6:56:35 AM

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John Smith

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  3 .  2 axis pan tilt vs 3 axis pan tilt
Does any body have any experience with pan tilt head for crane/jib?
Which pan tilt head is better 2 axis or 3 axis?
One of my friends gave me following options.
The price is quite good and quality seems well built.
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-3-axis-power-motorized-pan-tilt-dutch-head.html
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-tm-jr-pan-tilt-head-with-12v-joystick-control.html
http://www.flycamdslr.com/hdvs/proaim-tm-sr-pan-tilt-head-with-12v-joystick-control.html

Can anyone recommend me which one I should purchase?
I am purchasing for my 22ft jib...

6/28/2014 2:47:32 AM

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Jana Belcher

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  4 .  Black and white negative scanner
Have some black and white large older negatives I would like to scan and print. Need info on what type of scanner I need. The negative are about 2x4 inches.

6/18/2014 12:16:16 AM

doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
  The dedicated film scanner you'd need either doesn't exist for this size of film, or is prohibitively expensive. Several flatbeds from Epson, Canon and others can do film sizes larger than 35mm, but need adjustable easels. If you want to do it yourself, google "scanning medium format".
My suggestion - buy a current copy of Shutterbug magazine, look in the back at the photographic services offered and find someone who will scan your negs and put them on a CD. Choose carefully which ones you must have scanned to cut down on the cost.

7/21/2014 8:24:26 AM

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Naomi Weiser
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  5 .  which camera to buy 6d/70d
I have a canon 450d with 18-55efs, tamron 55-200 and sigma 50mm macro.
I want to upgrade to get better quality images.
I am a hobbyist. I take pictures of my family, and other families/babies for pay sometimes. I also like macro/flowers, building etc.
I can afford a NEW 60/70d (with my old lenses) or a USED 6d and I would have to sell my lenses and buy a new one im told the 24-105 is a good match.
is a better model used camera better then a new less quality camera?
im also worried about the extra weight that I am not used to.

5/5/2014 9:37:40 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  A factor in your comparison is that the 6D is a full-frame sensor, while the 60/70 are smaller APS-C "crop-sensors". (The Canon EFS lens have now, thus won't mount to the 6D; I can't tell if your Sigma and Tamron have mounts made only for Canon's crop sensor bodies?)

Additionally, any of those 3 cameras will bring you much larger file sizes to edit & store on your computer -- an important thing to remember, particularly if you shoot in RAW. Also, the 6D will eliminate the on-camera flash, if you needed that. Any of the 3 choices will bring several "upgrades" beyond your 450, that will take some learning/familiarizing.

Typically, larger sensors *generally* can offer better noise handling than smaller sensors -- allowing you to successfully use higher ISO before the image degrades -- useful in low light photography.

I would suggest you start out by comparing specific, important-to-you features of the 3 cameras. (dpreview.com has a slick side-by-side camera feature comparison tool. I'll try and paste the link here that compares the features of your 3 choices, against your existing 450d:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=canon_eos6d&products=canon_eos60d&products=canon_eos70d&products=canon_eos450d

There you can gauge any "critical" features and evaluate them accordingly for your needs -- such as for example, if you find you often need a really fast burst-rate (hi-speed shooting, frames per second) the 70D beats the other two.

5/8/2014 10:47:22 AM

  thanks, I love the dpreview site, the comparisons are very useful. been staring at them for days :)
my macro/sigma lens will work fine, my 18-55 will not and my tamroon im told would work, but with black halo so not great.
everyone tells me full frame is a different world, which is why the high price.

5/10/2014 11:51:06 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Aside from the physical gear constraints (no EF-S lenses on a full frame) and some of the sensor's inherent benefits (better noise handling at higher ISO's) -- I don't know that I feel it really was such a pronounced, life-altering transition to move from crop-sensor to full frame. (Coming from 7D to 6D.) In fact, I definitely miss one or two features from my 7D, every time I use the 6D... (Some of which, the pricier 5Diii would have restored.)
And as with all camera body upgrades, it didn't instantly make all my images x% noticeably better than those shot on the prior model ;)

5/12/2014 12:00:09 PM

  thanks!! I think I decided on the 70d. mainly due to its price. in a few years I can think about upgrading again, and by then I hope there will be cheaper ff. now to search for deals on 70d and fine someone to bring it :)

5/13/2014 2:29:02 AM

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Htet Aung
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  6 .  Which is the best for me?
Hello! everyone, I have Nikon DSLR D3200 kit, and 18-200mm Nikon Len, 70-300 mm Sigma Len, 10-20mm wide Sigma Len. Now I'm upgrade to my camera to Full Frame format camera. But I can't choice which is the best for me. Canon 5D MarkIII or Nikon D800E or Nikon D610. Could you please suggest for me? Thanks.

3/16/2014 3:25:42 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Nobody will be able to tell you the answer to that question; you'll have to arrive at the decision yourself, after research into each camera, evaluating how each one feels when you hold it, determining whether you want to stay with Nikon to keep your lenses or switch to Canon and buy all new lenses...

3/17/2014 7:37:08 AM

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Brenda S. Gibson
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  7 .  Purchasing a New Lens
Hi Everyone, I have a Canon T1i, which I love! But for a gift, my husband bought me a fisheye, and wide-angle lenses. I have 2 lenses, 18-55 & 55-250. Is there a better lens than what I have? Thank you!

2/23/2014 12:20:29 PM

Christopher J. Budny
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  There's not really a right answer to your question, without knowing what your main shooting interests are. Ultra-wide angle is a unique (and sometimes challenging) focal length; personally, I love it. Your 18 - 250 range from your two lenses covers a lot of useful ranges for travel, walk-about, etc., but may not adequately handle macro, and wouldn't be as useful for say, bird photography, etc.

2/23/2014 5:29:52 PM

doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
  Both of your zooms probably deliver excellent image quality, but a camera as compact as your T1i begs for a very compact carry around lens.

The old EF 24mm f 2.8 operates like a 38mm on crop sensor, is lighter and produces decent image quality for only a little money.

The 40mm f 2.8 is a great bargain, for $150. It is so short it can be mistaken for a lens cap, but is delightfully sharp, even at f 2.8, blurs backgrounds smoothly and focuses so closely, that flower and other close up work become possible. (It's not a macro, however) On your APS-C sensor, it's a great portrait lens.

7/22/2014 8:50:09 AM

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Rob Warwick
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  8 .  Gimbal tripod heads
I'd like to buy a Gimbal head for my tripod to use for wildlife photography. Would someone give me a quick rundown on a good quality head for a mid-range price? I am a serious amateur. Thanks, Rob

2/15/2014 10:28:02 AM

John Smith

member since: 6/27/2014
  Best gimbal head for wildlife photography is
Benro GHA Gimbal Head...

6/28/2014 2:56:53 AM

Rob Warwick
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  Thanks

6/28/2014 8:39:38 AM

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Irene Colling
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  9 .  Photoshop CS2 and Windows 7-8
If I upgrade my computer to Windows 7 or 8 will I still be able to use Creative Suite CS2?

I'd like to get CS5 or CS6 but I can't quite justify the price ($1300 or more) for how I use the programs. I know I could upgrade for less but I've also heard of users who have problems with upgrades.

Do any of you run CS2 on Windows 7? I have XP right now and all of my software is 2003 or older.

2/9/2014 8:36:32 PM

  I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'm still using Photoshop 7 with Windows 7.
Your filters are another story. Some will be just fine and some will probably need to be updated. I've had some of mine since Windows Millennium and they still work fine.

2/12/2014 3:09:32 AM

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Dayna Cain
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  10 .  I need your opinion
I am thinking about buying a new camera and found the best deal on the model I want at Cameta Camera in New York. I have never ordered from them and I was wondering if any of you have and if they are a good company to do business with. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

1/30/2014 11:58:00 AM

  Did you try to Google them? You might find something that way about bad experiences others have had.

1/30/2014 1:06:38 PM

Ken Smith
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  I took Carolyn's advice and found this link that had reviews on Cameta:

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/CametaCamera

I have no idea how reputable the "resellerratings.com" site is, but the folks that reviewed Cameta had nice things to say about Cameta.

1/30/2014 2:15:57 PM

  Hi Dayna,

I have never dealt with Cameta Camera, but the advice you've gotten from Carolyn and Ken is very sound.

I have, however, purchased camera gear from B&H in New York (www.bhphotovideo.com), and they've always given great service and good prices. They've been around for a very long time. I might check them out as well as Cameta.

1/30/2014 2:41:17 PM

Val Feldman
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  Like Lynne, I've never dealt with Cameta and it sounds like good advice given to check them out first before you buy....but like Lynne also, I can't tell you how many cameras and accessories I've purchased over the years from B&H and in every case I've found them to be honest, honorable and highly concerned with customer satisfaction. Good people to deal with!

1/30/2014 3:23:58 PM

  B&H is really great, I agree. I have heard that when you deal with some of the other companies, to find out ahead of time if everything is included and what the shipping costs are. I have heard that some don't include stuff like a battery/charger and stuff like that. Can't confirm it first hand, but have read that online.

1/30/2014 4:08:38 PM

  I'm glad other people have had good dealings with B&H over the years. They do have a good, long-standing reputation!

1/30/2014 4:11:18 PM

  I have used b&h a lot as well as Adorama. I bought a refurbished camera from Cameta and had a positive experience.

1/30/2014 11:18:07 PM

  Thanks for all of your input. I too have bought from B&H Photo as well as Adorama and both are great. I did some research and can't really find anything negative about Cameta other than some complaints about a shipment being a day late but I did find negative things about B&H Photo (that just proves that you can't please everybody). All three places have the model of camera and lens I want but Cameta offers the extras like an extra battery, remote, cleaning kit, free shipping, etc all for the same price as B&H and Adorama. Their return policy is pretty much the same as the other two company's. I may just have to give them a try. Thanks to all of you for your help.

1/31/2014 2:45:47 AM

  Always a good idea to check Better Business Bureau ratings as well - Cameta has an A+ rating (New York) so combined with the other research you did I wouldn't hesitate to try it.

1/31/2014 7:20:11 AM

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