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    Beginner experienced but new to digital.

    You do it, or you dont... and a bridge? Its a mule, a compromise solution looking for the problems it likely doesn't solve, for the most part... I really dont much like them; the idea is good... for the marketing men... but otherwise, they are, by and large, neither fish nor foul. Cost? Old...
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    Beginner experienced but new to digital.

    £500 would just about get you through the door of digital with an entry level APS-C and kit 18-55; 2nd hand, you would probably be able to stretch that budget to cover an entry level or slightly higher end APS-C sensor SLR, with kit 18-55mm lens and something a bit longer, maybe a 'kit' grade...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    Tele-Converters.... basically an extra bit of glass you clamp to the camera, then clamp your lens to that. They used to be 'Cheap Reach', not costing an inordinate amount, and stretching a lens by, typically 1.5x, 2x or 3x the focal length. I have 2x and 3x converters in the bag of M42...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    You can get 180Deg AoV on crop... just.... it takes a Sigma 4.5mm Fish, which I believe is still the only 180 full-round for APS-C, and a chunk load of dosh for likely use one will ever have, but still... at around the £500 mark, it still came in a less than going Full-Frame, to get 180 Deg AoV...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    I was pondering that one too; it's a bit like being told that the Pope has decided to convert to Start-Trek-ism, that Nikon have, after what, seventy years?!?!!? FINALLY decided that the F-Mount 'may' be past it's prime (sic)... but still. I doubt that it will be rendered an utterly obsolete...
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    I bought both the AF-S 35 and the AF-S 50 primes, for my daughter, and they are both cracking lenses. I got her the 35 when I got her the camera, as her only lens (when she wasn't nicking mine!) It has the 'standard' angle of view, on APS-C neither wide angle nor telephoto, and is a pretty...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    1952? How old do you think I am?!?! My mother was barely alive for more than a month of that year! Lol! There's nothing wrong with technology, Its how I made my living for crissiks! But, its only technology if it actually 'works' and does something useful. And you still have to know a bit about...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    Mobile-phone philosophy, Woof.... it's all well and good a bit of tech 'helping', but unless you know why and how, it's still rather redundant... and you wont know what to do, if you don't RTFM, and hunt through obscure menus. It's one of the first lessons of Design I had at uni; 'Technology is...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    Circumstance depenmdent.. and TBH I have no idea what a 1686? Torch is or how bright it might be! B-u-t The AF assist ilumination, is a little torch in the camera that chucks some light at the scene to 'help' the electronics 'see' something to focus on. As said, the AF system is not all that...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    You have a Nikon D3500, and I assume, the 'kit' 18-55... in which case, it 'should' have a switch on the side marked 'A' for Auto-Focus and 'M' for manual focus..... I 'Did' think to take a photo of mine... but then the conundrum of trying to take a photo of a camera, with that same camera...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    On, I think all, my AF lenses, there';s a switch on the actual lens, to switch between 'Manual-Focus' and 'Auto-Focus; its not in the menu's in the camera. On the Fish-eye, and its switched to 'manual' permanently; on such a short focal length lens, the hyperfocal distance, where everything is...
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    Beginner First Time DSLR What Accessories Do I Need

    That is a very worthy topic, and oft forgot, but probably should come before any of the other camera-guff you can get. Thing is, the start-point, isn't so much getting hardware, but sorting ideas; you need a strategy for archiving, really before you want the hard-drives, and again, oh-so-much...
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    Beginner First Time DSLR What Accessories Do I Need

    A pair of walking boots or sturdy shoes! There's only 'so' much to take photo's of in your own home, so to find stuff to take photos of tends to mean getting out and about! So get out and about! Go find photos! 99.999% of a picture is OUTSIDE the camera, not in the camera or what buttons or...
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    Beginner Total Beginner Nikon Lens advice

    1.5 is the Crop-Factor; ie the number you have to multiply the lens' focal length by, to get an 'equivalence' to the focal-length lens that would give the same angle of view on a 35mm film camera (or 'full-frame' widgetal) Maths time! - The focal length lens that gives the 'normal'...
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    Beginner Total Beginner Nikon Lens advice

    Being 'pedantic', that's not really true; a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens, and it always will be, no matter what you bolt it on the front of. If it's bolted to the front of a 6x6cm medium format (film) camera, then you will get a wide-angle-of view If its bolted to the front of a 35mm (film) camera...
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