Questions tagged [equipment-protection]

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

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Solutions for Snoot Modifier Overheating Tungsten Light?

I'd like to use a snoot light modifier on an halogen light, though it's clearly causing the bulb to overheat. This is to the point of seeing smoke coming out of the light's body. I suspect the snoot ...
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Feasibility Sony Alpha mounted on motorcycle

I'm planning on buying a Sony Alpha a7 III and mounting this camera on the tank to take high quality footage. From what I understand the high vibrations of the motorcycle would kill that camera rather ...
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EOS RP at freezing temperature [duplicate]

I'm going to Alaska next week and plan to bring my Canon RP with me to take pictures. It will be quite cold there (my weather says around 0°F-10°F for next week). Will this type of temperature wreck ...
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Is there any camera safety precautions i should keep in mind when taking long exposure photographs of the night sky?

I plan to take long exposure photos of the night sky, anywhere between 1-2 mins to 8-10 mins ( i will figure out the exact time through trial and error ). Is there any specific precautions i should ...
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Is this a good rule to know when I can shoot the sun? "if the sun is not too bright to look at with naked eye, then it's not too bright for a DSLR" [duplicate]

Most of what I have read about this, say that whether or not the sun is bright enough to harm the DSLR, depends on a lot of factors e.g. time of day, cloud cover etc. What setting aperture, shutter ...
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Should I leave my UV filter on permanently? [duplicate]

I got into the habit of buying off-the-shelf UV filters early on, and I've stuck to it. My M. Zuiko 'kit' lenses always have their UV filters fitted, except when I want to use something else like an ...
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How fragile are mirrorless cameras in terms of vibration and bumps while in a case in a backpack while mountain biking?

I like to bring a camera when I go mountain biking and occasionally stop to take photos. I have heard that vibrations and bumps can cause cumulative micro damage to a camera. I have a mirrorless ...
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Is this lens fungus or just a speck of dust?

Bought a tokina 11-16 second hand. I thought it was a speck of dust when I use my phone flash to check the lens while trading. But just now when I use a stronger torchlight, I realise there are hairs(?...
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Is firing the built in flash every few months necessary?

This question seems to back up the need to power up (and possibly fire) an external flash every couple of months. For the built in, pop-up flash in a (DSLR, micro 4/3, point-n-shoot, or other), does ...
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Is it safe to hold DSLR with hot shoe mounted top handle?

This is similar to May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash? but I'm asking about top handle. Is it safe to hold a camera that may weight more then 2kg with this? I have two lenses one is ~1....
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New camera body or new lenses? (Have canon 350d) [duplicate]

So I borrow this camera from my mom who likes photography, but doesnt use it anymore. Its a Canon 350d. I've just started photography and quickly realise that i cannot crop that much without ...
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Warming time for camera when coming in from cold?

I am going to Yukon and have a ziplock bag for bringing camera from outside temperatures inside. How long does it take for camera to warm up?
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Is my Nikon 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens with broken front glass beyond repair? [duplicate]

My lens broke somehow. I didn't drop it as far as I remember, but the cause of the drop isn't really the point... a part of my lens broke, and my lens cap is stuck to it. Is my lens a goner? Can I buy ...
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Can tethered shooting be dangerous to my camera?

I own a T6i and a 6D. I'm interested in tethered shooting for studio scenarios. However I've heard from a friend that if I tether my camera to my laptop and I a power surge happens in the USB port, ...
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What type of 3M vinyl should I use to protect the body of my lens? [closed]

I bought an expensive lens which I would like to aesthetically protect in order to keep its resale value high. This means that I want to minimize the chances of any scuffing, scraping, or scratching. ...
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Is camera at risk of condensation in cold temperatures if never removed from bag?

My camera lives in my backpack, which I take with me almost everywhere. The temperature where I live has dropped below freezing and will likely stay down there for the next 3-4 months. I've read the ...
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How much Silica Gel should I put on my Drybox?

How much Silica Gel (in grams) should I put on my 4.6L airtight container? I'm making a Drybox for my film camera.
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How can I protect scanner glass for scanography while preserving depth of field and avoiding artifacts?

I have recently gotten into scanography, but I have not yet found a good method to protect the scanner glass from objects that will scratch or soil it. I need to find a material that is optically ...
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Are digital compact cameras with optical zoom and image stabilization reasonably shock-proof when turned off?

I wonder how fragile are moving parts inside a compact camera with optical zoom and optical image stablization (e.g. Lumix DMC-TZ57). Can it get damaged if taken for a jog inside a backpack?
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How to verify whether the invisible/removed fungus in the second hand lens is dangerous? [duplicate]

Assuming there is no huge visible fungus, inside, how to verify whether the second hand lens is affected by spores? It is said that spores don't die and fungus may regrow. Also it is said that if we ...
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What is a good way to keep my camera dry when it is raining? [duplicate]

What is a good way to protect a camera when it is raining besides a waterproof camera cover?
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Caribbean Island Disaster Recovery & Camera Safety

I'm considering a disaster recovery trip to a Caribbean island recently ravaged by hurricanes. Is it foolish to bring my camera? My camera's a lightweight mirrorless camera, and I'm considering ...
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Cleaning lenses with ultrasonic technology

I recently discovered ultrasonic technology and one of the first uses I thought about is cleaning whole lenses - with the appropriate cleaning solution instead of tap water, of course. Is anybody ...
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Can I safely photograph the sun through haze

I'm currently near Seattle, and I'm wondering if I can directly photograph the sun through the haze (caused by the smoke from wildfires). The intensity of light coming from the sun isn't as bright at ...
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Do you need a solar filter for a wide-angle camera?

I'm trying to photograph the eclipse and we already have a solar filter for our telephoto lens. However, we have two cameras so we might as well use them. I've spent a fair amount of time searching ...
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Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

I'm a craft design student focusing on pottery and woodworking. Recently I've been thinking of recording my crafting process, hence I will be bringing my camera (Canon g7x) into the studio, maybe put ...
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Can a lens's MgF2 anti-reflective coating be damaged by salt water?

I'm looking to find out if lens MgF2 anti-reflective coating can be damaged if the lens is submerged frequently in the sea water (salt water). Just a clarification. This relates ONLY to lens itself. ...
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If fungus affects my camera, is there risk of it moving to the lens?

One of my DSLRs is affected by fungus, and I have a query that keeps on revolving around my mind. If i keep any lens attached to this DSLR and use it, will the lens also be affected with the fungus?
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Are microwave ovens dangerous to digital cameras?

Okay, I'm not talking about putting a camera inside a microwave oven! ;) But does storing a digital camera near a microwave oven (one that is used regularly) damage it in any way? I'm thinking ...
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How to wash a cushioned camera strap?

Well, I solved a mystery today. My camera seems to always get dirty while I though I was being very careful. It turns out, it is the camera strap. After shooting with it in extremely hot and humid ...
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Nikon D5500 proximity sensor failure?

I've been struggling with this for some time, & I feel the issue has been getting worse. The rear screen of my D5500 works perfectly - when I press the menu button, or the 'view' button for the ...
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Can incense damage a lens?

Lately, I have been photographing a lot of temples. One thing that is quite common is incense smoke, which I was almost never around before. After shooting, I noticed my lens gets covered in white ...
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Is cheap lens cleaner going to damage the coating on my lens?

I recently acquired some lens cleaning fluid from a camera chain store (Jessops if anyone's interested). Thinking about it now, is this fluid likely to damage the coating on the front element of my ...
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What is the best semi-stationary storage method for camera equipment?

I have 12 Canon camera bodies (e.g. film bodies like the AE-1, A1, T90, EOS 1N, and digital bodies like the 20D, 5D, and 7D), about 4 'irregular' camera bodies like a Rolleiflex and a Brownie box ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

When shooting with flash attached, I sometimes hold the DSLR with my left hand like this: Am I at risk of damaging the hotshoe, given that weight of the DSLR and the lens is approximately 50 oz. (1 ...
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My lens doesn't have a zoom lock; does walking around with the lens fully extended damage it in any way?

About 6 months ago I purchased a Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG lens, my first super telephoto lens to get me started. The lens is quite old and doesn't have a lock switch to disable zooming (the lens ...
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Can a camera be affected by fungus?

I have heard lenses are pretty much vulnerable to fungus. That's why I protect my lens with silica gel. Can a DSLR camera also be affected by fungus? Should I protect them with silica gel, too?
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Hammock suspension system: Could Case Logic's suspension system harm the camera?

I've recently purchased a Case Logic camera backpack and it comes with a built-in a suspension system that seems quite nice at the first glance. Here I have attached its photo. Although this sounds ...
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

In the end of this year, I will have to leave my inkjet Epson SC-P800 at home while I will travel for half a year. I read that inkjet printers should not be left without work for more than a week ...
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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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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

I notice some models of cameras include a hotshoe cover as standard. But many other brands don't. And they are available to buy as accessories, from about $1 on Ebay for a basic plastic cover. Or up ...
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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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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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Running with the camera?

Sometimes I wish I could bring my camera with me on my running sessions. I am just afraid of constant bumping in my backpack - although the camera would be protected and no other object in the ...
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Are "weather sealed" gear tested or rated for their sealing? [duplicate]

Context So I've been looking around at camera bodies and gear and noticed the more expensive ones have "weather sealing". From posts like these, I understand how it is implemented. However unlike ...
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What is the safest way to transport a teleprime lens during backpacking and flying?

Context So I have a Nikon 300mm f4 AF and may consider it's older but larger cousins the Nikon 400mm f3.5 or Nikon 600mm f5.6. I have a special pouch for the 300mm and it can easily fit in my ...
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How to get rid of a Griffin LCD guard I've attached to my camera and no longer want?

Immediately after purchasing D5300 last year, I put a hard LCD cover (manufactured by GRIFFIN) on top of the read LCD screen to protect it from scratches. Sounds good though, it started creating ...
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Is there any benefit to tilting the camera holder in a camera bag?

Would it be a good practice to tilt the pad inside the camera bag that sticks to the its side in order to prevent the lens from touching the bottom Instead of | | making it \/? I recently bought a ...
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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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