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

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Is it safe to bring my camera with me when cycling?

I use to do a lot of cycling on a relatively difficult trails, especially in mountains. I was wondering how safe is it to bring my Canon 60D with me (in the backpack on my back). Can I damage it with ...
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Caves and 100% humidity..protection?

It looks like I may have the chance to go caving (just a tour) soon and I'd love to take my DSLR (Nikon D3100) ...however, caves are nearly 100% humidity and generally rather wet. What kind 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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Special Care for my Canon in the Alps

I have a Canon XSi, with the kit lens and a Canon 50 compact macro with the converter. At some point before the trip I also plan on buying a telephoto. This coming January, I will be headed to ...
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Do I need a special filter to shoot candles without damaging my sensor?

The guy from the photo shop pointed out to me that I need special filters if I want to shoot directly to the sun with long exposures in order to not ruin the sensor. Is this the same when I shoot ...
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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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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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Can a camera or lens get burn in?

I took a picture of the sun today, and I was thinking about how the sun can damage your eye, I was wondering if the camera or lens could get damaged by this, or get burn in like some screens do?
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What safety precautions should I take when taking photos in the snow?

I’m going to Queenstown, NZ in a couple of weeks and want to take my (very new, very precious) Canon 7D with me. I’ve done a little bit of research on how to protect my baby from cold climate (e.g. ...
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How to carry a DSLR on a motorcycle?

I do a lot of road trips and I carry my camera (D90+50mm) and an extra lens (18-105mm) in my backpack (Lowpro CompuDaypack). The backpack is great, but it doesn't allow me to draw my cam out quickly ...
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How do you attach asset tags to camera equipment?

For all you pros out there, how do you handle asset tags on your equipment? It seems easy to apply them to computers, notebooks, external hardrives, and even camera bodies, but how do you handle ...
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Do rented lenses usually come with cheap filters attached?

I got the Pentax smc DA★ 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM from an online camera gear rental company as part of the Photography Stack Exchange Lending Library experiment. (Thanks, Stack Exchange!) This is a ...
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A small bag for a large pro camera body with a small lens?

The Canon 5D Mark 2 with the 50mm Canon 1.4 USM lens has a pretty odd shape. It is really short and really wide. As it turns out, from my visit to two photography stores yesterday, not too many ...
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How do you store your equipment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good schemes for storing photo equipment at home? As my photographic equipment is getting bigger (new lenses, new addons, new bodies) I think I need a better ...
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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 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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Is it best to transport a camera with lens attached, or off?

I'm traveling now(I'm at Aruba) and I bought me a Canon 60D with the lens kit(EFS 18-55mm). I never used a camera that has removable lens like this one, my last one was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, so ...
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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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How do I prevent bumps and bashes to my camera in crowded areas?

When I want to take pictures at a rock concert/night club/crowded street my camera is at risk of being bumped, scracthed, or even knocked out of my hands by people pushing past, dancing, or just ...
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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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What environment to store photographic gear?

I currently store my gear in a mansard, which is above my flat in the attic floor, and that I use as workroom too (Computer, NAS, and so on). In summertimes temperature may climb above 30°C/86°F and ...
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Protective case for one filter

I carry around one 72mm filter (a CPL), and I'm looking for a good, small case to protect it, one that I can put in my pocket. What I'm envisioning is hard plastic with a foam insert for the filter. ...
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At what point does wind become a concern with respect to damaging a lens?

Another question on here revealed the dangers of photography in a desert environment. What about windy places? Is there a wind speed after which you risk lens damage from particulate impact? I don't ...
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Do I need a filter for my prime lens in order to protect it from dust, splashes, etc?

From here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/569/5205 UV Filters: Many photographers feel that it is worthwhile to put a UV filter on the front of every lens, on the basis that this will protect ...
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Is the Canon 60D weather proof?

Is the Canon 60D weather proof? I know it is not stated in the manual, but has anyone tried using it under light rain?
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

It occurred to me recently that, given that fungus growth is a dreaded malady of photo gear, it would make sense for front/rear lens caps and body caps to be made transparent. Making precision parts ...
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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 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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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 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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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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What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

Context So I'll be shooting out in the sun for the next few weeks. My camera was overheating in the sun a few days ago and switched bodies for safety reasons. The flash at the end of the shoot was ...
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What is the correct resting position for a camera with a long lens and a battery grip?

I just got a battery grip for my Canon T3i, which has a 18-135 lens with hood on it. After installing the battery grip, the body is obviously considerably taller, and the weight of the lens is now ...
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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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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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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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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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Does a digital camera lose its abilities in taking photos if it is left without use or used too often?

One of my friends mention to me that a digital camera (especially of the Superzoom type) will lose its abilities in taking photos (as compared when it was first brought) if it is left without use for ...
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How should I take care of my new DSLR?

I am getting a new Nikon D5100 (with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit). This is going to be my first DSLR. I wanted to get some tips from you guys on how to maintain it in the long term. I am getting a 52mm UV ...
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How to protect fragile equipment?

A bit of background information: The obvious answer is 'Just buy a camera bag!', but that's where things get a little bit more complicated. Lately I started looking around for my first prime lens ...
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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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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 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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Can I DIY a regular backpack to protect my camera gear?

This summer I'm going to a hiking trip in the mountains. I will also take my camera gear with me. I have already ordered a camera backpack, but due to some delivery delays, I will receive it after my ...
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lens care: compressing lens without full-time manual focus when camera is off?

The lens manuals for my lenses without "full-time manual focusing" warn not to use the focusing ring when it's in Auto-Focus mode. I assume that even applies when the camera is off, but am I being ...
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How to protect my camera's rear lcd?

I searched a bit and found two main types of protections: plastic and glass. Plastic is a lot cheaper but a lot of people complain about bubbles, dust, and low adherence. The glass ones seem to be ...
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How to deal with heat concerns when doing timelapse on a roadtrip?

I am going on a roadtrip through Europe in a few months, and I want to do a timelapse from start till end. I am concerned about heat issues though, as I am planning on mounting the camera on the ...
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Are the dimensions of the top panel LCD screen on a Canon 50D same as the 7D or 5DM2?

I'm trying to buy a LCD top panel screen protector for my 50D and I could only find protectors for the top LCD screen for the 5D Mark 2 and 7D. So will they fit the LCD top LCD on my 50D? Is it the ...
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What LCD protector should I get for a Nikon D5100?

Just bought my wife the D5100 as a gift and I was looking for recommendations for a LCD screen protector. The articulating screen was part of the reason I got the camera, but it obviously limits the ...