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Questions on the monetary value of photographs or gear, and on why and how these prices are or should be determined.

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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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How to accurately / competitively price prints when digital images are already paid for?

My wife is a wedding and fashion photographer (as well as some family and maternity). We've been traditionally giving our High Res images as a part of the package price to our customers. Now that ...
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What price to demand for a shoot when I am just starting out

I am just starting out in photography. Have done a couple of shoots for friends and wedding for a friend. Pictures came out well. I got noticed and their friends are approaching me for a shoot. As ...
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Is this a good polariser and is it for an appropriate price?

I'm thinking about purchasing Hoya HD 58mm Circular Polariser and I was wondering whether it's a good choice and also whether it's for an appropriate price. What do you guys think?
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Is there a meaningful difference between Minolta cameras manufactured in China vs those made in Japan?

The price of a Minolta 35mm slr with lens (Maxxum HTsi, model no. 95804149) is given as 99 USD on Amazon. But I have seen people asking for almost as much (or even more) for a used one. They argue ...
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What does Nikon D300S offers over Nikon D7000? [closed]

What extra features Nikon D300S offers over Nikon D7000? Or Why is Nikon D300S is more expensive than D7000?
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What should one be aware of when taking pictures at work, but not as one's primary role?

I took a few pictures around work and they were used on our website (more here). I've just been asked to do some shots of the executives, and it looks like there may be more requests like this. Any ...
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Are Kata bags worth their price?

I've outgrown my modest bag and now I'm going on vacation, I need a new one. I need a backpack which can double as a cabin luggage (will need to hold laptop, D90, lenses, strobes, and some other ...
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Why does a higher-end camera body like the Nikon D700 cost so much?

What are the features that make a DSLR costlier? For example, I am wondering why the Nikon D700 costs $2000?
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TV show wants to use a photograph — what should I charge?

A television show (sit-com) wants to use an image that I took of a model. This image would probably be on screen for a few seconds and probably part of a portfolio book that is being looked through. ...
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What specifics should be included when licensing a photograph?

When preparing a license for a photograph (for a rights-managed situation where the license will spell out the conditions and terms of use), what sorts of things should be specified? Clarification: ...
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How do you determine how much to ask for when someone wants you to photograph a wedding?

I've been asked to shoot a wedding for money, which would be the first time that I've had such an opportunity. I've taken pictures at three prior weddings, two as the main photographer, but not while ...
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Is the version of Aperture on the Apple Mac App Store identical to boxed version?

I noticed that the Mac App Store offers Aperture at a significantly reduced price - £44.95 or $79.99 (depending on region). Does anyone know if there are any differences between this online version ...
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Should I wait for product version X to be released before buying the now-current version?

As rumors predict the launch of the new version of a product "soon", do you think it is interesting to wait for a few months before buying a new instance of the by-then "old" version of the product ...
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Really? Why does a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 cost almost $2,000?

I am trying to price out a 35mm f/1.4 lens for my Nikon D7000, and I am shocked to find that B&H sells them for almost $2,000, whereas the f/1.8 sells for a couple hundred. Am I looking at the ...
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Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?

What is it about wide-angle lenses that makes them so much more expensive than an equivalent-quality tele or prime lens? Take the Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM, for example. RRP is nearly £1,000! Are they ...
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What's the right discount for used gear on Craigslist?

For example, I found a Craigslist ad offering a Nikkor 105mm f/2 D/DC for $800; on the other hand, the same lens is available from KEH for $890 — a discount of about 10% for Craigslist. What you give ...
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Expected Discounts and Price reductions during Thanksgiving - Christmas? [closed]

I know that this is a bit time-bound and subjective question, but this forum is probably the best place to ask. I want to buy a Canon T2I (Rebel 550D0), which is currently USD 899 (incl 18-55 Lens). ...
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Why do some lenses cost so much?

Something that confuses me is why there is some lenses that cost so much. For example the only difference that I see between the two lenses is the aperture: f/2.8 vs f/4. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II ...
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How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session?

I am fairly new to photography and have done a few high-school senior sessions of friends here and there. I have been getting more and more requests to photograph families, seniors, etc. and am ...