Questions tagged [equipment-protection]

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

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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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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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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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Can I take an aerial photography drone on a plane as carry-on? [closed]

I live in US and thinking to travel to Europe next spring. I'm thinking to get a drone with couple extra batteries and take it with me as a carry on to get some aerial shots. Anybody had any ...
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what trick do you use to have minimum stress on the lens while hiking?

My camera bag has two positions lens facing upward or downward. Most camera bags will have this position when mounted on your shoulder. I am attaching a picture of mine: So like most camera bags, ...
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What can I do to protect a bulbous lens when no lens cap is available?

About a year ago a purchased a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens for Canon. The lens has a built in petal lens hood and a large bulbous lens. Because of the lens design, it required a non-standard lens cap, ...
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How can I prevent condensation on a camera lens?

Is there anything out there to prevent condensation on camera lens? Taking Pictures on a golf course in Florida, camera was out in golf cart at least an hour and a half, when I took pix a lot were ...
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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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What is the best way to care for batteries?

To best maintain the functioning of the standard, rechargeable Lithium ion batteries in modern cameras, should the battery be used until the camera shuts down? Some types of batteries have memory ...
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Taking care of first DSLR [duplicate]

Recently I have purchased a Nikon D5300 DSLR equipped with a 18-55 kit lens. The seller has attached a UV protector to the front of the lens. Being my first DSLR, I am very picky about taking care of ...
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What precautions should I take for storing a DSLR camera at home?

I often take pictures at home and just store it on a shelf. Is it ok to store a dslr camera this way or should I always put it in a bag, drawer etc ?
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What precautions to take when carrying a camera in foggy weather with a lots of dew?

I a am planning to go for a photo shoot to a place where there is lot of fog and the water droplets start getting deposited on the surface very quickly. What are my options for protecting may camera ...
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What is the best long-term storage for a film camera?

I have a film SLR that I don't plan to use for a very long time (if ever again), but I want to keep it. What is the best way to store it and its lenses so that they remain in good shape? I know heat ...
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Nikon D3200 - protection against snow, cold and rain, and how well does it work in -20/-30C? No tripod! [duplicate]

I know that the battery stops working when it gets too cold and I'd need to warm it up again, but other than that, is there anything else that I'd need to know if I want to shoot in -10C or -20C or ...
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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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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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Are there any hardshell covers / protectors for lenses?

I'm a concert photographer, and I tend to end up in mosh pits quite a bit. I've mastered the art of shielding my camera from fists and beers, but I have been starting to see some wear and tear. Are ...
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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 ...