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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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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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Why do some lenses cost 10 times as much when the specs are very close?

For example, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is about US$110, while another Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens is about 14 times as expensive, at about $1450. Is the 1.8 or 1.2 the main reason for the price difference? ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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I keep getting asked to do wedding photography - what is a fair price to ask?

This may sound like a silly post...but, I need some "outside" opinion from people who know what they are doing. I took up amateur photography as a hobby a couple of years ago...most of it being ...
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How much do I charge for the first time wedding photo shoot?

I am an amateur photographer as far as event photography is concerned. I have done private event shoots only for my family and friends (weddings on two occasions and few new born and other small ...
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What sets apart DSLRs in different price levels?

I was going through different models of Canon and found that the price range of the camera body for entry level DSLR is lesser than the semi-professional DSLR although both of these range of cameras ...
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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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Image Stabilization in Lens vs Body: Which is Cheaper?

Is Image Stabilization better in the lens or the body? Someone already asked that. But I'm trying to make a purchasing decision. It seems that the short answer to my title question is that it's ...
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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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How to respond to requests to commercially use one's photos without compensation?

I am an amateur photographer and every now and then, I get an email along these lines: Hi there, I really like your photo of X [LINK] and would like to use it in my/our magazine/brochure/website. ...
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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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A Marketing Firm wants to buy non-exclusive rights for one of my photos, what should I charge?

I was contacted by a marketing firm in Canada requesting that I give them a quote for non-exclusive rights to one of my photos. The the firm does marketing for the company that makes exterior ...
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Why are some lenses so expensive?

I have read about and seen many lenses that are very expensive; upwards of 8-10 thousand (US) dollars. I ran across this lens and it was priced at an incredible 26,000 dollars. And this one at ...
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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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Are the benefits of the Canon 5D MkIII significant enough over the 5D MkII to warrant the current price difference?

I've been looking at the Spec difference between the Canon 5D MkII & MkIII Cameras and I'm having a hard time justify the $1300 price difference between the basic body for both. They seem fairly ...
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How to price a framed photograph?

I was looking for some advice on the best approach when it comes to pricing my photography. I am looking to sell my prints, I have a range of them in 16 x 12 and they will all come framed against a ...
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I was asked to design a calendar using my photos, what do I charge for the “art fee” for 12 photos, should my name and copyright be included?

Last year, and for the first time, I tried creating and selling calendars featuring my photography. They turned out pretty good but in the end I spent too much time on choosing the photos, the actual ...
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What is the bill of materials for a typical single lens reflex (or mirror-less) camera? [closed]

How does the bill of materials for a camera contribute to the actual cost and/or price of the camera and how do the hidden costs in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a camera to the public ...