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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 downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?

Are there any real downsides to using a UV filter? I know that a poor quality UV filter can effect image quality ... but, assuming I use a good quality UV filter, will that actually be an issue? Is ...
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What are the dangers of removing a lens while the camera is on?

The manual warns that you should turn the camera off to remove the lens, but it doesn't say why. I suspect this may have to do with dust, but I could imagine there are lots of other reasons. I'm ...
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What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather?

What temperatures can consumer-level DSLRs and lenses typically handle? Are there any precautions one should take too minimize potential problems (e.g. condensating water)? What about moving in and ...
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What options are there for a camera bag that does not look like one?

I need to carry around some camera equipment (lens, flash, cables, cards, accessories, etc) but don't want a flashy camera bag attracting attention. What suggestion do you have? Please only post one ...
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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What precautions should I take when taking a camera into humid conditions?

My camera's manual warns about sudden changes in temperature, but there are a few cases when I can't see how to avoid this. These include entering a reptile house in a zoo, or a trip to tropical ...
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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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Should I really lug around a lens cap everywhere?

I lose lens caps by the billion. Is there another way to protect my lenses without having to carry these things around with me?
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Are airport x-ray scanners safe for DSLRs / lenses / storage media?

While traveling by air here in India, one is instructed to remove all electronics like cell phones / media players / laptops and pass them thru the X-ray scanners separate from the rest of one's hand ...
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How can I photograph welding?

My partner is creating a sculptural work using MIG welding and has asked me to document the process. I have a few questions regarding how to photograph it? Looking at the arc can damage your ...
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Are flashes really subject to a “use it or lose it” problem?

I was just reading the manual that came with my new flash and stumbled over this warning: 14.3 Flash capacitor forming The flash capacitor built into the flash unit undergoes physical change if ...
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How do you protect a camera and lens while photographing in rain or snow?

I've been trying to photograph lightning lately, as we have had some great storms in Colorado. I've had some difficulty getting a good vantage point, however, as almost all of these storms include ...
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What are good schemes for storing photo equipment at home?

Do any of you have good schemes for storing photo equipment at home? I'd like to have one canonical place for everything to live, ideally in some kind of squarish container that fit on a shelf or in ...
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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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What special care do large telephoto lenses require?

I am a somewhat paranoid person when it comes to expensive things. I am about to buy my first telephoto(70-200mm f4 L in case you are wondering). This lens is much larger than I am used to wielding(I ...
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Recommendations for insuring camera equipment?

We all have made investments in our camera equipment. From hundreds of dollars to $TEXAS, our gear isn't cheap. How do we protect against theft, fires, water damage? Accidental Damage? What ...
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Shooting on the beach: is it dangerous for my equipment?

To what extent it can be harmful for a camera and lens to take shots when being on the beach? I mean the influence of beach sand on the gear. What precautions should be taken to prevent any bad ...
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Is a UV filter better for lens protection than a protector filter?

I'm usually very good at getting water/finger marks on lens, so I must use something for protection. Is there any downside of using an UV filter instead of a protector filter? Example: Hoya HD ...
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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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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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Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?

Is it still required/highly recommended that I buy a UV or similar filter to 'protect' the front element of my lens? I ask because this advice has been around for 30 years and you would think that ...
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Tips for Shooting Crowds, Political Demonstrations, Rallies and other 'Lively' Events

Over the next few months I'm going to be spending weekend time documenting a number of demos and rallies here in the UK. They events are to be held outdoors, during the day and may become ...
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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 ...
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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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Gear for carrying and storing a DSLR on a backpacking trip?

I'm planning on going on a short backpacking trip at the end of this month and would like to take along my DSLR. What are some good options for me to carry and store my camera and a tripod if I'm also ...
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Camera bags for winter

Many people recommend putting cameras in sealed plastic bags when coming from winter conditions back to normal room temperature – see, e.g., here and here. Certainly the trick works, but when you ...
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How do I prevent condensation on a lens when outdoors?

I was attempting a time lapse the other evening, outdoors and after a warmish sunny day, with a fairly cool air temp. I set my camera up and set it clicking away and left it for about 3 hours. Most of ...
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Where can I find a camera holster or case that stays on the camera?

25 years ago my Minolta camera came with a standard case in two parts. the one part wrapped around the body and never left the camera unless you changed the film. It held on with it's snug shape and ...
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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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Should I put UV filter to protect the lens even if I put a lens hood?

That's pretty it, usually you buy a UV filter to protect the lens. My question is do I need the UV filter even if I'm using a lens hood?
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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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What should I know about cameras and tear gas?

Asking this now as a "just in case" measure. I may be creating photos this weekend in an environment which has a greater-than-zero chance of involving tear gas. Anything I should know about from a ...
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How do I dry water condensation off my camera?

OK, I did something very very stupid. I know it. I just wasn't thinking. :( In a nutshell, I didn't follow the advice here: How do I prevent condensation on a lens when outdoors? So it's a very hot ...
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How do I protect my camera in a smoke filled environment?

I'm going to start a new project soon, "People in bars". I think it will be fun, and I think I'll capture a lot of interesting faces. The thing is, bars are harsh environments for DSLRs. Obviously, ...
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Is there any protection ring available for reversed lenses?

I've started reversing lenses for macro photography and I'm loving it, but something bothers me: a lot of articles say that it exposes the rear element of the lens. Are there protection rings ...
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What different styles of camera bags exist, and how are they different?

As a beginner just starting out in photography, I find myself on the lookout for a good camera bag that will make it easier to keep my camera with me as much as possible. However, without the ...
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Removing rust from a lens's mount?

My wife gave me a used Pentax 50mm f/1.7 SMC-M for my birthday. (I know some people get Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctiluxes for their birthdays, but, y'know, kids to take care of and so on. And it's a very ...
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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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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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Will I damage my camera carrying it everywhere?

I used to carry my point and shoot with me almost everywhere, and now that I've "upgraded" to a Canon 60D, I've been carrying it around. What I'm wondering is whether I'm likely to damage it or if ...
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How does altitude affect camera and lenses?

This summer I'll be attempting to get to the top of Kilimanjaro. I'm bringing my Olympus E-30 and a couple of lenses. The instructions I've received mentions that you should check the height range ...
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Which filter is the more generally useful: Skylight 1A or Skylight 1B?

I'm looking to buy a Skylight filter leave permanently attached to a lens for the primary purpose of protecting it. I don't really understand the difference between Skylight 1A and Skylight 1B ...
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How should I pack my gear for an overseas trip?

I'm about to pack for an overseas trip soon and am looking for some advice on how to protect your gear, whether you take it as carry on or checked (or a combo) and what sort of gear you'd take. I'll ...
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How can I find the right lens cap for my lens?

I own a Nikon D3000 Camera with the AF-S 18-55mm VR Kit Lens. Last week I lost the lens cap and now I want to buy a new one. But when I went to this online store, I got confused with the different ...
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How water-resistant are Nikon's weather sealed lenses?

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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Is it advisable to bring a camera grip when travelling to China?

I'm heading out to Beijing, China for a week-long trip and I'm trying to figure out how I should pack my gear. Will a battery grip on a 5D Classic attract too much attention as a tourist? My general ...
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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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How do I choose a camera bag?

What considerations should I factor in when choosing a camera bag of a given style, and how important is each one? For a question on the different bag styles, see: What different styles of camera ...
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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 ...