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Equipment protection is the practice of ensuring equipment stays in full working order by avoiding damage.

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Are there any hardshell covers / protectors for lenses?

I'm a concert photographer, and I tend to end up in mosh pits quite a bit. I've mastered the art of shielding my camera from fists and beers, but I have been starting to see some wear and tear. Are ...
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How durable are zoom lenses?

I've heard that zoom lenses after some intensive usage become "sticky" and difficult to operate. What's the aproximate durability for a zoom lens like a Canon EF-S 18-135, shooting ca. 1000 - 2000 ...
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How can I keep my camera warm while photographing time lapses over a few hours of 25F / - 4C temperatures?

I may have an oppty to photograph some time lapses over the next few days. However, the location's temperature will be about 25F / -4C. I'm looking for clever/creative ways to warm my gear while it ...
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Is it better to get water-resistant camera bag for cycling, or upgrade to a weather-resistant camera?

I used to do a little photography a while back (when the 350D first came out) and I'm thinking of getting into it again to take the some landscape shots during my other hobby of cycling. With the ...
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Can removing the lens while pressing the DoF preview button damage the equipment?

I know there's hardly any risk to your equipment when dismounting the lens while the camera is on, but can you damage it if you dismount the lens while the aperture is closed down? With the Canon EOS ...
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How can Walter Mitty examine the negatives of photos in the bright sunny day?

This may be a naive question, as I am not familiar with photography using negatives storing the photo images. So in the film of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Walter Mitty examines the negatives ...
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Can long/heavy lenses deform the lens mount?

I recently got a Tamron 150-600mm lens, which gets to ~33cm (13') long and weighs about 2 kg (4.3 lb). When shooting hand-held with the lens, I obviously always support the lens with my hand. When ...
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How long is too long to leave the shutter open before prolonged exposure to light damages the sensor?

I'm about to start exploring the world of long exposure shots, using my Canon EOS M. The camera has a standard max exposure time of 30 seconds, but in bulb mode I can keep the shutter open ...
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What's the safest camera position in a camera bag?

I carry my DSLR in the same bag I used to carry my SLR, and there its position is screen down. I've seen smaller bags, adapted to the shape of the camera, where it stands objetive down. What I wonder ...
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Will the vibrations of a motorcycle be harmful to a DSLR?

I am considering a Canon 70D for motorcycle touring. Considering the vibrations that a motorcycle will put the camera through, is this a good choice? Are the vibrations a legitimate concern?
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Why are there no DSLR cameras with protective curtains for lens exchange?

Reading this thread I got to think of why there are no DSLR bodies with protective curtain that extends (and by doing that spans over the entire mount) while changing lenses and then retract ...
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Protecting from sun when taking pictures [duplicate]

I've read that taking picture of the sun without protection is a recipe for trouble both for the lens and for the shooter's eyes... I took this kind of picture this morning, do you think it's ...
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How does lens-hoods for pancake lenses work? (Canon EF 40mm with ES-52)

Normally I use lens-hoods on every of my glasses (flairlight blocker, lens protection). Some days ago a bought the Canon EF 40mm STM (Pancake-Lens). So I look for the fitting lens-hood and found the ...
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Use Nikon D3100 in snow [duplicate]

I am not a professional photographer and use a base SLR camera (Nikon D3100 with the default 18-55mm lens) I am planning to visit Switzerland (Mt. Titlis) this month end (i.e. Jan) and expect the ...
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Does the quality of a UV filter make a difference when used with a cheap lens?

I like to use UV filters to protect the front side of my lenses. I have always used the cheap Tiffen filters, around US$5.00 each, depending on the diameter. My question is, should I spend some more ...
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Is this fungus or dust on my lens?

I've a D5100 for around a year with 18-55mm kit lens and recently bought a 55-200mm lens. For around 1 month I saw a starry shape in the front glass of the lens. After searching on Google I came to ...
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I have a Nikon D7000. How can I shoot when it is raining? What kind of raincover should I use?

I have a Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. What kind of rain cover is available for my camera? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types?
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How to protect lens from fungus [duplicate]

How can I have total protection of a lens from fungus?
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Shooting at the beach: Options for protection?

I have in my mind taking some shots of crabs at a local beach. For the shots I envision this will mean lying prone in the sand and keeping the camera as low as possible to get the effect I want. ...
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What makes a camera 'weather sealed'?

What is the structural and mechanical differences between a weather sealed body and a non weather sealed body? Is weather sealing still effective if the lens isn't weather sealed?
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Canon eos 700d cold weather [duplicate]

I have the new 700d and I'am going to Switzerland. What is the best way to protect my gear from a cold weather? Is keeping it inside the carrying case (Tamrac zuma 5724) enough for protecting it or do ...
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How to protect my D7100 on holiday / at sea?

I have a Nikon D7100 (which does seem to suggest it has weather proofing), the stock lens (18-105), and the 35mm DX f1.8G prime lens. All are transported in weather proof carry cases. I currently ...
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How can I track a lost DSLR?

I am aware of tracking mechanisms for laptops with a combination of hardware/software solution that help the owner to track lost machines. I was wondering if there is a similar solution for tracking ...
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What level of water/dust protection will a silicone case provide?

As far as I know, the entry level cameras (like EOS650D or D3200) do not have water/dust protection. Surfing the internet, I found that there are silicone cases exist for cameras. So, is it worth ...
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What is the best way to preseve old equipment without fungus and moisture?

I am building a rather sizable equipment list, Leicas and Olys, plus their lenses. The thing I that I want to keep them moisture and fungus free. I saw somewhere that Ziploc bags and silica packs are ...
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How to protect camera and lenses against “color bombs”?

India has an annual "festival of colors" where participants throw colored powder on each other. The idea is apparently spreading. A LensRentals blogpost titled "How to Ruin Your (or Our) Gear in 5 ...
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Nikon Lens Warranty explanation

I want to purchase a good lens of about $1K from Nikon (the 18-300mm lens for example) and I have a few quick questions about the Nikon Lens warranty. I researched online extensively and it seems ...
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How to choose a screen protector?

I've noticed there are several different types of screen protectors present for DSLR cameras. I've actually used and tested all of them, but i'm interested to see what the wider community feels and ...
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Filming in a steam room?

I plan to film in a steam room this weekend for a cover shoot. However, I know for a fact there may be difficulties regarding the "steam." Any tips for filming in a steam room?
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Will keeping the lens on-camera help protect from dust and fungus?

If I keep the lens on the camera will it be protected from dust and fungus? I keep my Nikon D5100 fitted with the lens in a plastic bag together with some silica gel. Is that enough to protect it?
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What kind of oil should I use to maintain my light stands?

My Calumet light stands are starting to stick and become difficult to open. I've cleaned them with WD40, but it didn't help much. What else can I use to clean and/or lubricate my stands?
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Identify the rain cover

What kind of rain cover this photographer is using? I couldn't find anything similar on B&H and Adorama. Photo: Stylecaster, by Jenny Norris
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How to get rid of dustmites on the camera and accessories?

I usually store my camera inside the carrying case which I received with my camera. Sometimes the camera lays still for several weeks without any activity. When I took out the camera recently, I ...
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How to better protect gear on snowy / rainy weather

I live in a very rainy / snowy part of the world. This is not a very good thing if you are a photographer (specially with your shiny new gear) since you want to take it out but might be prevented from ...
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How to hold the lens cap?

When I'm using my compact digital camera, what is the best way to hold the lens cap. My lens cap is attached to the camera with a lace to avoid losing it. This is convenient, but when recording ...
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What is the best way to prevent lens fog in humid climates, also what can I do to get rid of the fog in a hurry when it does fog up? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What precautions should I take when taking a camera into humid conditions? I'm used to shooting in cool dry climates. I recently took a trip to Central America. Every ...
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Do I Need To Turn On A Drybox 24/7?

I'm in a 2-season country, dry and wet seasons. I live in a cold place, with temperature averaging to 19 degrees on the wet season and about 25 on dry season. Last wet season, after a couple of ...
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Will my Ricoh GR1 be safe in tough weather for mountaineering photography?

I am planning an expedition up a 4000 meter volcano and I want to take some nice shots of the adventure. At the moment I have two cameras. My Nikkormat FT, which is way too heavy and bulky, so I am ...
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How to prepare photography equipment for resale

I have a few older lenses that I'm thinking of selling. What are some essential steps in preparing photographic equipment (such as lenses, camera bodies, speedlights, etc.) for resale? Are there steps ...
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Is it safe to use alcohol to clean DSLR cameras?

I'm going to photograph a surgery in an operating room, and although I'll be using an special sterile cover for my camera, I've been asked to disinfect my equipment too. I wonder if it is ok to use ...
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What are the logistical pros and cons of traveling with a full size tripod?

When I say "full size" I mean what I think most people consider a standard tripod: not something like a gorillapod or super-specialized for portability. I want to purchase a serious tripod and I'm ...
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How to protect surface of lens or filter from condensation of moisture

This happens when the temperature is coolest often late at night or early in the morning. Few days ago I did night shots and every 4-5 minutes I had to clean filter from water (mist). Is there any ...
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How to protect lens from mist formation while shooting in places like beaches?

Usually when photographing cool breezy areas like beaches in the evening, I have experienced mist formation inside the lens. Once this mist formed, it stays there for at least an hour even after ...
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What battery types are suitable for low temperatures and high altitudes?

I do some high altitude (4-4.5k metres) trekking. At night this can lead to very low temperatures (down to -20oC). My choice of battery type for my camera is lithium ion, or rechargeable lithium ion. ...
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Has anyone used a DiCAPac waterproof case? Looking for point and shoot dust protection

Trying to figure out a way to bring my new Canon S100 to Burning Man, but worried it won't stand up to the harsh dust of the desert like a sturdier SLR would. Has anyone tried one of these waterproof ...
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How to protect my gear after moving to a humid area? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What precautions should I take when taking a camera into humid conditions? I recently moved from a desert to a more humid area. What kinds of things to I need to know to ...
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How to take care of a new lens?

I'm planning on purchasing a new lens for my camera for macro photography, specifically this one: Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 I've heard that it is a good idea to put a "UV filter" on front on the lens. Is ...
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Weather sealed lens

I'm thinking about buying a Nikon D7000 and I have found out that it's weather sealed (sealed to shoot in rain). So my questions are: Does it really work in heavy rain or is it only for a few water ...
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What are the right cleaning tools for an APS-C sensor?

I have got my gear ready for a long holiday in next month, but I'm pretty much confused when it comes to having the right tools for cleaning a sensor. The typical procedure I have experienced from ...
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What's the safest orientation for storing a lens in a bag?

You may think that I am a bit crazy, but every single time that I carry more than one lens with me (and I like doing that, since changing lenses is part of the fun :-) ) I cannot avoid to wonder if ...