DSLR

Why don't new DSLR cameras have screens that swivel on the back?

Nikon D850

Episode 1445

Mark from Singapore

Leo isn't sure why more manufacturers don't have this, but his Sony A9 does have that. He can hold up the camera above his head and still see what he's shooting, or hold it down by his waist. It's great to be able to get different perspectives like that. Ironically both Canon and Nikon offer movable screens on their low-end cameras, but Mark wants one on a full-format prosumer model. Leo saw a report from Canon Rumors that Canon has patented a very large swivel display for a 1DX style mirrored camera. They don't offer it yet, but they have the patent.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1423

Chris wants to talk about the technology of a digital camera. Every DSLR camera has a bump on it and that houses the penta-prism or penta-mirror. The electronic viewfinder is also in there. Why does an electronic camera still have a mirror? Well, mirrorless cameras don't have the mirror array, but they do have a viewfinder. A DSLR needs one to bounce the image in order for you to see the image, and the prism makes sure it shows up right side up. When it's mirrorless, then the camera doesn't need to reflect any image, it just broadcasts it to an electronic viewfinder.

What camera should I get my granddaughter within a $500 price range?

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Episode 1421

Chris from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Chris has a granddaughter that wants to take professional pictures, but Chris doesn't want to spend much more than $500. For $600, Leo recommends the Sony Alpha a6000Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, which is an affordable body that leaves room for more lenses if the photography hobby gets serious. Leo also recommends the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera 2 Lens Bundle, which comes with a broad range of lenses and a memory card.

How can I get my DSL to run faster?

Episode 1204

John from Biddeford, ME

John has DSL and he's frustrated how slow it can get throughout the day -- often slower than dial up! Even worse -- he's being stonewalled by the national support center of the ISP. Leo recommends running the SpeedTest by Broadband Reports. Internet speeds are not consistent, but DSL should be more consistent. But if they have more customers than bandwidth, this can happen. It sounds like John's ISP is buying bandwidth and they simply don't have enough to go around. But it could also be bad routers and software.

How can I stream video with my DSLR?

HDMI to USB converter

Episode 1166

Ron from Tustin, CA

Ron's son has an account on The Cube, a high school sports streaming site. Ron would like to use his DSLR to stream live to it, but it won't work via USB. Leo says that USB isn't designed for a live video feed. Live video could be used via HDMI. So if that works, then he'll need an HDMI converter or video capture device to then be able to convert it for the stream. If his computer has HDMI in, then he's golden.

How do I shoot the milky way galaxy with my camera?

Episode 1085

Danny from Charlotte, NC

Danny wants to take pictures of the Milky Way with his camera. Leo says that the key to doing this is a long exposure. He'll want to use a wide angle lens and a tripod. He'll also need a dark sky. He won't see much of it in the city. A high ISO is key, around 3200. He should have a minimum aperture of f2.8. The faster, the better.

Here's a great article by Jason Little at LightStalking.com.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1024

Chris joins the show to talk about Sony's new full-frame, mirrorless DSLR - the A7 and A7R. Leo says that everyone is going crazy over it. Trey Ratcliffe is selling off his SLRs to go mirrorless. Is this trouble for DSLRs? Chris says it just may be. We can take these big cameras and dump them. Chris says the one thing that has prevented him from going mirrorless was the sensor size. With the A7, he no longer has that hesitation.