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  1. I would think that to gather as much of the...

    I would think that to gather as much of the relatively faint light of the aurora as possible, the bigger the sensor the better. Since you're already looking at a CSC in the form of the EOS-M, why...
  2. Thread: So Confused

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    To be pedantic, I believe that some high end...

    To be pedantic, I believe that some high end Canon lenses use flourite elements, which strictly speaking aren't glass. Also, some budget zooms use so-called "hybrid" aspherical elements, which use a...
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    Probably any of the entry level DSLRs would suit...

    Probably any of the entry level DSLRs would suit you, so you may want to consider longer term factors. If you think you might want to explore more specialised areas of photography, there's a greater...
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    It's usually not a good idea to format a memory...

    It's usually not a good idea to format a memory card with anything other than the camera it's going to be used with. Small inconsistencies in the format used can lead to file corruption and loss of...
  5. One thing to remember when using your Minolta...

    One thing to remember when using your Minolta film camera lenses on a Sony DSLR is that most DSLRs / SLTs (Sony's fixed semi transparent mirror system), other than the top of the range A900 & A850,...
  6. Not quite sure why you would want to use flash in...

    Not quite sure why you would want to use flash in silent mode. The idea of silent mode is to be inconspicuous, and flash doesn't exactly help that! :)

    I would say the Fuji HS30 EXR is generally...
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    Compact and ultrazoom cameras have trouble with...

    Compact and ultrazoom cameras have trouble with low light because of their tiny sensors. However, there are now a few compacts with larger sensors, such as the Sigma DP2, Fuji X100, and Canon X1. ...
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    I would expect there to be rather poor quality...

    I would expect there to be rather poor quality control in manufacturing lenses at this price level, so there's probably a lot of variation between samples. If you're lucky, you may get a good one. ...
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    Expect to see softness, especially at the edges,...

    Expect to see softness, especially at the edges, flare, and vignetting. But you might get some appealing "artistic" shots, and as long as you're not looking for fine detail, It'll give you a good...
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    DA 40mm/ f/2.8 Ltd. Lovely little thing, and...

    DA 40mm/ f/2.8 Ltd. Lovely little thing, and wonderfully sharp.
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    I have seen a few cheap and cheerful ultralong...

    I have seen a few cheap and cheerful ultralong SLR zooms advertised - something like 600-1200mm f/6.3-f/13. One review I saw said that image quality was distinctly mediocre.

    For high quality,...
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    If you could deal with the mount to sensor...

    If you could deal with the mount to sensor distance issue (maybe on a compact mirrorless system camera?) you'd end up with a very small circular image in the middle of a black frame. One of the...
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    I use a Velbon Sherpa , which was fairly...

    I use a Velbon Sherpa , which was fairly inexpensive and is relatively sturdy, just not particularly lightweight. I bought it after getting a cheap tripod which went all droopy after a month. Buy...
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    I've used several brands of LSD NiMH cells...

    I've used several brands of LSD NiMH cells (Eneloop, Uniross Hybrio, Duracell amongst others) and they all seem to perform about the same, the exception being some very cheap own brand ones, which...
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    A DSLR or SLT will give you better image quality,...

    A DSLR or SLT will give you better image quality, especially at high ISO in low light, and also better dynamic range which will help avoid blown highlights in contrasty light high noon sun). You...
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    The Nikon N65 (called F65 in some parts of the...

    The Nikon N65 (called F65 in some parts of the world) is a 35mm autofocus film SLR camera with matrix metering auto and manual exposure. The distortion would depend on the lens used and the shooting...
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    It might be helpful if you could fill in the...

    It might be helpful if you could fill in the questionnaire at the top of the board, but in response to what you've said, I would say RAW is essential if you want the best picture quality. It enables...
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    There are also several free to download raw...

    There are also several free to download raw converters, as well as commercial software, available which you can use to work with the D5100 NEF files.

    For example:

    RawTherapee
    UFraw
  19. For macro, there is something to be said for the...

    For macro, there is something to be said for the superzoom compact type of camera. The smaller sensor makes it easier to get a larger depth of field, which is often a problem with macro. The...
  20. I bought a cheap tripod once, for about 25 quid...

    I bought a cheap tripod once, for about 25 quid (say around $35 US). After about a month's light use, it started drooping. I replaced it with a Velbon Sherpa 600R for about 70 quid (say $100 US),...
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    Oh the irony! Post reported.

    Oh the irony!

    Post reported.
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    Almost all digital still cameras can shoot video...

    Almost all digital still cameras can shoot video these days, and many video cameras can also record stills (although probably not as good quality, adequate for small prints and web use). However,...
  23. Thread: Pentax q

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    Small sensors are good if you want a lot of Depth...

    Small sensors are good if you want a lot of Depth of Field, and the light is good (enough of it, without too much contrast). Some people on other discussion forums think that with a good macro lens,...
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    It sounds like you're asking about what are...

    It sounds like you're asking about what are generally known as Compact System Cameras (CSCs) or Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) cameras.

    There are various models from Olympus,...
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    Marumi DHG get top rating for value, and equal...

    Marumi DHG get top rating for value, and equal top for overall performance, ratings on http://www.lenstip.com/115.1-article-Polarizing_filters_test.html.

    I have a Marumi DHG, a Hoya HMC, and a...
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