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January 21, 2020
5 of the Best Used DSLRs Under $200 in 2020

The best camera under $200 is going to be a used camera. Generally, the newer the camera, the better it will be. eBay prices are going to be used as a reference point for prices. You can also look at what is available on Amazon or other used camera stores. Keep in mind that prices […]

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January 5, 2020
Nikon D5500 Memory Card Compatibility & Recommendations

SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards are meant to work with the Nikon D5500. A card with fast enough write speeds is important for continuous shooting and video. The overall performance of your camera can be greatly reduced by using an inadequate SD card. Want to skip the tech specs? Listed below is my recommendation […]

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January 4, 2020
5 of the Best Used DSLRs Under $100 (2020)

The best camera under $100 is going to be the newest camera you can find use under that price. Taking that into account, you're going to need to check around to find the current best prices. There is no guarantee any of the models listed will be available for sale or will be under $100. […]

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December 14, 2019
A Look at the Soviet Lubitel 166B Twin Reflex Camera

The Lubitel 166B is a medium format camera that uses 120 film and takes 6x6 frames. There are 5 versions of the camera, with the 166B being the second to last. The original design was a Soviet copy of the Voigtländer Brillant. The Lubitels were manufactured by LOMO. (Leningradskoye Optiko-Mekhanicheskoye Obyedinenie, which translates to 'Leningrad […]

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December 13, 2019
What Is Balsam Separation And Can A Lens Be Repaired?

Balsam separation is used to describe lens elements that have started to delaminate. The description was originally specific to Canada balsam. However, also applies to modern lenses that use various epoxies. What balsam separation looks like will depend on the lens coatings. It most commonly looks like a white or reflected rainbow halo around a […]

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December 5, 2019
What is the Difference Between Close Up, Macro, & Micro Photography?

The differences between close up, macro, and micro photography are based on image magnification. Increasing magnification moves an image from being considered a close up, to macro, and then to micro. What is Close Up Photography? Close up photos are taken at magnification ratios between 0.1x and 1x. Put another way, the object being photographed […]

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December 5, 2019
JIS vs Phillips Screwdrivers

Stripping a screw can end your repair. The most common cause of a stripped screw head is from using the wrong screwdriver. For cameras, lenses, and other products made in Japan, the cause is from using a Phillips screwdriver on a JIS cross point screw. (Japanese Industrial Standards) At a quick glance, JIS screw heads […]

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December 5, 2019
Best Nikon D200 Memory Cards

The maximum size Compact Flash memory card you can use in the Nikon D200 is 32GB. The size limitation comes from the D200's use of the FAT32 file system. This is the file system the camera will use when formatting a card. You may be able to use larger cards, but they will be limited […]

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November 30, 2019
The 10 Best Light Meters in 2020

Checking and adjusting settings based on what you see on your camera screen is not professional. If you're doing analog photography, checking your screen is not an option. A light meter is an important tool for photographers, videographers, and cinematographers. Without a light meter, you're not going to be able to accurately recreate lighting setups. […]

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November 25, 2019
ETTL vs TTL Flash, What's the Difference?

All of the jargon used in flash photography can be difficult for to understand. Knowing what acronyms means will make it easier to understand the technical aspects of using a camera flash. This explanation will focus on Canon Speedlites, which what Canon calls their flashes. You may also see them refered to as Speedlights, which […]

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