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What to know before buying a digital camera and buying digital accessories. Also, here's a helpful article for you to look at: Help! I Don't Know What Kind of Camera to Buy!

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Htet Aung
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  1 .  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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  2 .  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

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Rob Warwick
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  3 .  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

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Irene Colling
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  4 .  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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  5 .  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:

I have no idea how reputable the "" 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 (, 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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Ellen D. Hall

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  6 .  Need to buy a camera (soon).
Until last week I owned a Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 - it has been lost or stolen and I must have a camera. I loved the image quality of my camera - I want something of equal image quality but faster (I like to shoot pets, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc). I also would like to be able to shoot closer in macro. I have tried looking at online reviews but I don't understand the categories. My Sony had a 12x zoom. It was larger than pocket-sized, which was fine with me. Don't need a smaller camera. Would like to stay in $400-$600 range. Any suggestions?

12/29/2013 12:42:42 PM

  Look at the Canon point and shoots. They have some nice ones. A friend of mine has a Power Shot SX50HS and he gets marvelous shots with it. It has about a 30-50X zoom, too. It was just on sale for $329. Might be just the thing for you. A tip about shooting closeups with this sort of a camera is DON'T use your zoom, put the camera right up on what you want to shoot. I hope this helps some.

12/29/2013 1:01:23 PM

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Lisa C. Lloyd

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  7 .  Beginner DSLR for sports photog.
Please advise as to what a good beginner level camera for sports would be. I have a friend who is interested in getting good pics of her kids at sporting events but doesn't want a pro camera that is as complicated as mine. Have looked at the reviews, but would like to hear from this gang before advising her. Thanks!

12/25/2013 8:18:39 PM

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Jill Odice
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  8 .  What is the best inexpensive monitor ?
My DEll monitor died on me and I have too buy a new one. I am looking to spend under $200 for a 22" monitor. Any recommendations about what brand? Loved the Dell, but it only lasted 3 years and of course died 3 weeks after my warranty was expired :-) With the holidays, black Friday etc. happening I am hoping to get a good deal on something that is best for Photoshop as I use it all the time. I checked the forum, but there is nothing recently posted...I am using a Desktop PC.

11/28/2013 7:27:02 PM

  I think you should be able to find some good ones (with Black Friday sale) meeting your requirement on this site. Good luck.


11/30/2013 4:26:23 AM

  Usman, I actually did get an Acer 22" monitor from Bestbuy, when I got it home it turned out to be a piece of junk. The monitor does not fit on the stand, the buttons for adjusting things are located in a very inconvenient spot and the color is awful. This is why UI am asking for recommendations about what brand to buy. What brand monitor do you use yourself? I loved my DEll monitor, but it died after just 3 years...

11/30/2013 6:46:49 AM

  Jill, I think your best bet is to compare features and prices and read the reviews.

11/30/2013 8:04:09 AM

  I was just interested in hearing what kind of monitors the other photographers here on BP were using and if they liked them. I actually ended up getting another Dell ...Dell - 23" Widescreen Flat-Panel IPS LED HD Monitor S2340M . Now to return the damaged one and get this one at Bestbuy...I am waiting until after the weekend:-)They had folks in tents waiting on Wednesday for Black Friday!

11/30/2013 8:35:38 AM

  I have an HP w2207, which I love, and an older Dell UltraSharp, both hooked up to my desktop.

11/30/2013 9:18:29 AM

  Hope the Dell serves you well for a long time. I don't use a monitor. I do all my processing on the two laptops that I have, one at home and one in office.


11/30/2013 5:42:57 PM

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Kathy Salerni
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  9 .  Mirrorless Camera
Hi everyone,
I am thinking of buying a Sony NEX 6 for a walk around point and shoot. Does anyone have this camera? If so, what is your opinion of it?

11/18/2013 6:53:36 PM

  Hi Kathy,
Good questions. BP instructor Rob Sheppard has been writing about mirrorless cameras for quite some time ... he loves 'em :) Check out his blog: Mirrorless Nature blog, including his 10/14/13 entry: My History with Mirrorless Digital Cameras, which discusses the Sony NEX, plus other models too.

Have fun!


11/19/2013 10:19:16 AM

  Thank you for the info, Kerry!

11/19/2013 11:00:34 AM

Greg McCroskery
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I'm sure the Sony is a great camera, but have you considered the Olympus E-M5? Since it is a Micro Four Thirds camera, the lenses are smaller and lighter than the Sony lenses, and the available lens selection is very extensive.

I have a couple E-M5's and am thoroughly impressed with performance and image quality.

Just a thought.

God Bless,

11/21/2013 6:49:34 AM

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Nevia Cashwell
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  10 .  Point and Shoot UltraZoom
In the market for a point and shoot ultra zoom, the Canon SX50 IS or something similar. I do a lot of hiking and biking and carrying my DSLR with super telephoto lens is getting to be a bit too much. I know the image quality will not be as good as it is on my DSLR but feel like I am missing too may photo ops because I don't have the heavy equipment with me or I can't get it set up quickly enough. Would appreciate any advice or thoughts. Thanks

11/13/2013 5:42:41 PM

doug Nelson

member since: 6/14/2001
  I had the Panasonic (Lumix) equiv of the SX50 and loved it. I have since passed it on to a young new dad, but I was very pleasantly surprised at the image quality for the tiny sensor size.

11/17/2013 2:24:12 PM

  A friend of mine and former GP winner here gave up his heavy gear and bought a Canon SX50HS..I have seen the work he does with it and am totally blown away. It seems to be an amazing camera. I'm tempted to get one myself, since my Sony HX1 quit on me.

12/10/2013 11:26:37 AM

  Thanks to all who have responded. An update on my cameras. Still have my Canon 60D for now but have purchased an Olympus E-M5 and could not be more pleased (except for needing to learn Olympus controls after 20+ years of Canon cameras). Image quality is great and it is so lightweight. Haven't decided yet on whether I will also pull the trigger on the SX50 but probably will for wildlife photos for which I need a really long zooms.

12/10/2013 11:35:46 AM

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