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Wolf Camera
(678) 344-1223
Presidential Marketplace 1905 Scenic Hwy. Suite 710-720
Snellville, GA
 
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(770) 939-7548
The Shops at LaVista Road 4153 Lavista Road
Tucker, GA
 
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(770) 321-1141
The Avenue at East Cobb 4475 Roswell Road Suite 1415
Marietta, GA
 
Wolf Camera Ultra
(404) 869-1116
3141 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA
 
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(770) 939-7548
The Shops at LaVista Road 4153 Lavista Road
Tucker, GA
 
Wolf Camera
(770) 785-7291
Conyers/Rockdale Square 1910 Hwy. 20 South Suite 90
Conyers, GA
 
Wolf Camera
(770) 495-8788
3525 Gwinnett Place Drive
Duluth, GA
 
Wolf Camera
(770) 785-7291
Conyers/Rockdale Square 1910 Hwy. 20 South Suite 90
Conyers, GA
 
Wolf Camera
(678) 947-8995
Shops at Cumming 882 Buford Highway
Cumming, GA
 
Wolf Camera
(770) 304-9292
Newnan Crossing 51 Newnan Crossing Bypass
Newnan, GA
 

How to Build a Camera System

How To Build A Camera System

Selecting cameras, lenses and accessories for your favorite subjects

camera systems When you buy a D-SLR, you're choosing more than just a camera-you're selecting a system of lenses and accessories, as well. Camera features like sensor size and resolution, metering and autofocus technology, exposure modes and so on are all important considerations; but you'll also want to look beyond the camera at the range of additional options available for the models you're evaluating.

camera systems First Camera?
If you're considering your first D-SLR purchase, you have the best opportunity to compare camera systems, lens ranges and accessories like specialty flash. Once you invest in these extras, if you decide to switch camera brands later, you'll have to replace some or all of your accessories to take full advantage of the new camera system. Lens mounts aren't interchangeable between camera makers, and many accessories also are system-specific.

It's easy to get caught up in the exciting technology, but before you commit to a particular camera and system, it's wise to put everything into perspective vis-à-vis the types of photography you like to do most. So, let's look at the camera features and accessories you'll want for the best results with specific subjects.

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People & Portraits
The entry-level D-SLRs have great features for photographs of people, offering Portrait modes and even "face detection" technology, which identifies human faces in a scene and adjusts focus and exposure accordingly for optimum results. Serious portrait photographers, though, may be better suited by higher-end models because of the better overall image quality and skin tones they produce.

Portraits look most natural when shot from around 3.5 to 5 feet away. If you move much closer, features will elongate; if you move much farther back, features will flatten.

A short tele lens (80-105mm on a full-frame D-SLR, 55-75mm on an APS-C D-SLR, 40-55mm on a Four Thirds System D-SLR) will produce a good head size at the ideal 3.5- to 5-foot shooting distance. So a prime lens in that range, or a zoom that includes those focal lengths, is an ideal first-lens purchase for a portrait enthusiast.

Faster lenses (ƒ/2.8 vs. ƒ/4 or ƒ/5.6) will let you reduce depth of field more to really throw a background out of focus and concentrate attention on the subject. They do cost considerably more than slower lenses of equal focal lengths.

An accessory flash unit with an adjustable head and diffuser will let you "bounce" the light off a nearby wall, ceiling or reflector for soft, pleasant lighting. A flash bracket will let you move the flash off-camera away from the lens axis, eliminating red-eye and allowing you to vary the lighting angle.

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