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

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How to travel with photo gear?

What should a photographer know in order to travel safely with the photogear around the world? A few arguments to touch are for example: insurance hand luggage size limitations additional costs ...
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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?

I recently bought myself a shiny new DSLR camera. Before I can use it, I had to do something kind of terrifying: mount the lens. Now of course, half the advantage of SLR cameras is that the lenses ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

A friend of mine, working on a company that sells clothing online, told me that the photographers there change their cameras quite often because their cameras wear out quickly due to the thousands of ...
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At what point does a weatherproof camera become a necessity?

I live in Toronto, Canada. On average, 101 days of the year, the lows are below freezing. Since getting hooked on photography, I wear my camera everywhere. The exception is if it's raining out. Could ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

I really take good care of my gear and want it to last as long as possible in optimal condition. So I wonder if silent shooting affects the life expectancy of a camera. Would I do the camera a favor ...
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Can I take an aerial photography drone on a plane as carry-on? [closed]

I live in US and thinking to travel to Europe next spring. I'm thinking to get a drone with couple extra batteries and take it with me as a carry on to get some aerial shots. Anybody had any ...
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what trick do you use to have minimum stress on the lens while hiking?

My camera bag has two positions lens facing upward or downward. Most camera bags will have this position when mounted on your shoulder. I am attaching a picture of mine: So like most camera bags, ...
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What can I do to protect a bulbous lens when no lens cap is available?

About a year ago a purchased a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens for Canon. The lens has a built in petal lens hood and a large bulbous lens. Because of the lens design, it required a non-standard lens cap, ...
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How can I prevent condensation on a camera lens?

Is there anything out there to prevent condensation on camera lens? Taking Pictures on a golf course in Florida, camera was out in golf cart at least an hour and a half, when I took pix a lot were ...
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How do you protect ultrawide angle lenses with a bulbous front element?

I'm talking about lenses like Canon's 11-24mm f/4L, 14mm F2.8 (both I and II versions), and Nikon's 13mm f/5.6--take a look at their front elements and how they protrude out of the main lens barrel. ...
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What is the best way to care for batteries?

To best maintain the functioning of the standard, rechargeable Lithium ion batteries in modern cameras, should the battery be used until the camera shuts down? Some types of batteries have memory ...
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What precautions should I take for storing a DSLR camera at home?

I often take pictures at home and always packing / unpacking it would be a bit inconvenient. Is it ok to store a dslr camera just on a shelf, or should I always put it in a bag, a drawer etc ?
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What precautions to take when carrying a camera in foggy weather with a lots of dew?

I a am planning to go for a photo shoot to a place where there is lot of fog and the water droplets start getting deposited on the surface very quickly. What are my options for protecting may camera ...
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What is the best long-term storage for a film camera?

I have a film SLR that I don't plan to use for a very long time (if ever again), but I want to keep it. What is the best way to store it and its lenses so that they remain in good shape? I know heat ...
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Nikon D3200 - protection against snow, cold and rain, and how well does it work in -20/-30C? No tripod! [duplicate]

I know that the battery stops working when it gets too cold and I'd need to warm it up again, but other than that, is there anything else that I'd need to know if I want to shoot in -10C or -20C or ...
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Is there a correct way to swap lenses?

I am regularly swap between a telephoto and a kit lens on my Olympus 500. Normally I just switch over the covers and cap to the non-use lens and drop it in my bag but today it was particularly ...
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Is it risky to change lenses in the cold?

I am generally a lazy person, so I am extremely averse to changing lenses on my camera in the cold. I am concerned about my fingers getting cold, but here I read that condensation is extremely ...
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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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Should I leave the lens switched to AF or MF for storage?

When I'm not using the camera, or when the lenses are packed at home, should the lens switch be at AF or MF? Or does it make no difference? And by the way, is it better to leave the lens on the ...
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What do I need to know for volcano photography?

I'm doing a trip to Sicily in a few weeks, including, if the weather allows, a hike up the Stromboli volcano, which is one of the most active in Europe (it's apparently erupting almost all the time). ...
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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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Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better?

Storing camera body with lens attached or just the body alone with body cap in dry cabinet? which is better? which is highly recommended?
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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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Are the focusing screens of the Canon 7D, 70D and 5D mark III really not replaceable by the user?

I've accidentally scratched the focusing screen of my 70D a bit (it does not seem to affect the focusing at all) and intend to replace it in around 6 months or so when a bit more dust has gathered ...
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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?