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  1. conanthewarrior

    Macbook Pro info required

    Another reason it is mentioned and important is due to apple now soldering previously upgradeable parts in place. I upgraded my old mid 2010 13" MBP last year to a 2013 15" i7 retina model. I only found out the RAM was soldered in place now after asking for advice on which model to buy on the...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    @Teflon-Mike , I guess you are right in the regards to future proofing, and living in the here and now with what works is the main thing. Like you say, my camera wouldn't stop taking photos with what it uses just because something new has come out. It is partly because I can change lenses I...
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    Beginner EV when speaking of autofocus?

    Thank you. That explained it nicely for me, I must have been using a long combination of words instead of simple exposure value Doh! Even my camera down to -1 EV is quite impressive when I see it written out. My widest aperture is f3.5, at f4 that is a 30 second exposure to get an image that...
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    Beginner EV when speaking of autofocus?

    Hi everyone, I hope you are all OK. I have a question in regards to the wording on Nikon's website for the D500, which states the AF works in near darkness, down to -4EV. I am a beginner still, but this has me confused. I have used exposure compensation in AP and SP mode when I have needed...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    I've been spending most of my time learning to use my camera- was definitely an experience learning what all the menus and settings actually do! I did kind of get a head start when I was about 20, I bought myself a Canon 1100D with kit lens, but this was when I started to go downhill health wise...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    @Teflon-Mike , I do apologise if I seem to ramble, or get ahead of myself. My way of thinking is a bit messed up, I tend to overthink things a lot and I DO get ahead of myself. I do not know if this is a result of my brain damage, or just how I would be anyway. You are correct that I partly...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    I have seen the mirror less new mount for nikon, so does.make me feel a bit confused. I dont want to spend a lot of money while it is tight (moving home) but also I do want a zoom in the 55-200 range or similar. Maybe buying for DX now, just the one lens to cover up to 200 Mm (305 fx...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    I have tried some Bird photography, but I don't think it is something I will likely pursue. What would I want to look for in a body, apart from the controls being easier for me to access with the click wheels/buttons? I know there are more autofocus points on a higher end body over my 11, and...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    @Nod , I may of explained incorrectly but I meant say for example I got a FX 50MM prime to use on my DX body, it would be around 75.5MM focal length. If or when I eventually upgraded to FX, I would be getting a 'true' 50MM length? I don't need full frame, and @Nawty I did think that the APS-C...
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    Beginner Full frame- a necessity in future? (follow on from my other thread)

    Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. In my last thread, I asked if any pro's used entry level gear, and learnt a lot regarding the more expensive camera bodies and lenses. It was mentioned that some places of employment only accept shots taken on a full frame camera. This has me a...
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    Beginner Stick to one AF mode, or choose for the situation?

    Hey people, had another day enjoying using my camera, and was delving into the settings. I realise for focus mode the difference between settings, and tend to stick with AF-A, sometimes using AF-S if needs be. However, when it comes to the viewfinder AF-area mode I am unsure what to use. For...
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    Beginner Do any professional/highly regarded photographers use entry level gear?

    I do tend to overthink things, and question myself a lot. This doesn't help obviously lol. So go out with my camera, enjoy it, and find what I need as I go along. I'm pretty sure I could do with a longer zoom so am thinking of the 55-200MM Nikon lens, as where I live there are lots of things I...
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    Beginner Do any professional/highly regarded photographers use entry level gear?

    OK, so there are quite a lot of differences with pro bodies and lenses, suh as AF points, weather sealing, durability, button and dial placement to get to things more quickly, and more. I see you mention some places require full frame- I am doing this as a hobby, and one day if I could get...
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    First try at a wasp.

    The 55-200 seems quite a logical choice for me when I can afford it, then I will have everywhere from 18MM to 200MM covered. Am I correct that I still have to apply the X1.53 conversion even with a DX lens? For example, my kit lens at 18MM will actually be showing 27.5MM compared to full...
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    First try at a wasp.

    I don't know much (anything really) about macro photography. This was just on the off chance, my friend actually pointed it out to me while I had my camera in hand. I'm glad you are now confident in your photography, I want to try a bit of everything and a long exposure, star trail type shot...
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    Beginner Do any professional/highly regarded photographers use entry level gear?

    Thank you all for your input and explanations. So essentially, a 'pro' body and lens could take very similar quality photos to what my D3500 and kit lens is capable of, it just is a lot more durable with things such as weather sealing and more reliable? I see that the pro models also have...
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    First try at a wasp.

    @RyanB @Graham Whoops, my bad, I thought it was a wasp. I only currently own my 18-55MM kit lens, so I used that. I think the data shows it was at 55MM. I notice you mention breathing, I did find that I had to hold my breath to get a steady shot. Shame I missed the focus on the eyes a bit...
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    First try at a wasp.

    I was taking some photos the other day, and come across a wasp that was settled on a plant. I thought I would see how close I could get, and if I could get an acceptable shot. This was the result, was the best of 8. DSC_0185 by Conan Middleton, on Flickr
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    @woof woof , I am pretty sure darkroom can do it as it is meant to be pretty capable. If not I am sure the GIMP can :) , I will do some research to find out. That explanation makes sense to me. I have been reading as much as I can when it comes to my learning, I feel I understand the basics-...
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    Beginner Do any professional/highly regarded photographers use entry level gear?

    Hi everyone, I hope you are OK. I have been thoroughly enjoying my Nikon D3500 and kit lens, and have been looking at other photographs online for inspiration. I then wondered, are there any professional photographers that use kit similar to mine? E.G entry level DSLR and kit lens's, or...
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    Sorry for my mistake- I thought telephoto meant a longer zoom! At the moment, I tend to hover around 50MM for a lot of my images, but a lot are also taken at 18-24MM. I enjoy taking portraits of my friend, she loves having her photo taken and this has been a big help. Also when we go on our...
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    Beginner Saving for new lens- Unsure what to go for.

    Hi everyone, thank you all for the advice you have given me on my photography journey so far. I am looking into getting a new lens for my D3500, and am unsure what to go for, although I feel a telephoto zoom may be what I need- this still leaves me a bit confused. My choices of primes are...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    @Teflon-Mike , an 18650 is a type of battery/cell that is mainly used in battery packs, for things such as laptops, drills Etc. Some devices can draw up to 30A of power from a single cell! I have about 20 of them as I collect vaping devices, originally to quit smoking. These take these cells...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    @Brian G, I had the ISO set to Auto ISO, so a lot of the time it was near, or maxed out at 25600. It is set to Auto ISO as standard so I have been using that. I don't yet have a tripod. I intend to get one as soon as I can, money is just tight at the moment. @Teflon-Mike , thank you for taking...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    @Teflon-Mike , my lens doesn't have the switch, but I can choose in the camera settings to use manual focus. I don't really understand the hyper focal distance, or everything you mentioned. I have some problems learning and with my memory, but I do get there eventually. So essentially, if I...
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    Thank you for your help, I can't find focus release in the manual for my camera though, only different release modes such as single, continuous, quiet. Any idea where focus release is buried in the menu?
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    Beginner Not being able to shoot in the dark, in manual?

    Hi everyone, I went over to the local rugby field and golf course and just got back, I went when it was starting to get dark. I mainly use aperture priority mode, but it wouldn't work, saying the 'subject is too dark' according to the cameras meter. Using exposure compensation didn't allow me...
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    Beginner Is there a 'wrong' way to edit my raw files, if I am happy with the results?

    Thank you all for your replies. It is true, I am doing this for myself currently and as a hobby, I just do question myself a lot about everything. I am having fun though so far, I've taken my camera out each time I have left the house! I will see if I can afford a subscription for Lightroom...
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    Beginner Is there a 'wrong' way to edit my raw files, if I am happy with the results?

    Hello everyone, I hope you are all OK. Still really am enjoying getting to grips with my camera, and also the editing that comes with digital photography. This may well be a silly question, so please forgive me in advance if it is, but say for example I had a Jpeg I thought was OK, and then...
  30. conanthewarrior

    What have you done with your camera today

    Didn't take any photos today, just editing. I went on a trip to London yesterday on my own with my camera just to actually spend a day taking photos as this is something I haven't done yet- set aside a day to spend just doing that. I'm happy with a lot of things I got, although I feel I can...
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