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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?

I'm just terrified that if I make one wrong move, a hair or a piece of dust could fall in there, and then the camera will be irreparably damaged and I'll never be able to use it again. Fear not, ...
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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?

This might sound like a stupid question, but… is it actually “safe” to change the lens on the camera? Is this likely to destroy it? Changing lenses is quite safe for your camera, less so for your ...
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Are microwave ovens dangerous to digital cameras?

No, there is no danger. Any EM fields outside the microwave are very weak. There is no danger or risk. Microwaves are like visible light waves, except bigger (the "micro" is in comparison to other ...
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Can incense damage a lens?

There are reasons why broadcast studios, commercial film/video production studios, commercial photography studios, etc. have strict "no-smoking" policies and have had them for decades before the more ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

Like previously stated here by others, the shoe on most camera is pretty stable. However, the bottom of the flash is not as strong and you could very easily break it off. There was a co-work of mine ...
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Is it safe to hold DSLR with hot shoe mounted top handle?

Definitely don't try to support the camera by its hotshoe. It's not designed for it. I don't think you should put anything at all on a hotshoe. Everything is so heavy and all the weight is pushing and ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash? Yes, you may. Your attached photo perfectly demonstrates that you can hold the camera in this way. Will so holding my camera result in any ...
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At what point does a weatherproof camera become a necessity?

You are confusing weatherproof and freezeproof. Some digital cameras are weatherproof but not freezeproof, although all current freezeproof cameras are weatherproof. Weatherproof generally means that ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

In some cases, using a hotshoe cover prevents the internal flash from popping up. Many Canon models had (currently have? I don't know) a microswitch in the hotshoe rails, that sensed the presence of a ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

No! You want opaque lens caps because: Keep light out of the camera when not using it. In film cameras, the sensor is effectively always on. The shutter should in theory block all light, but stuff ...
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Running with the camera?

If it's bumping around you've packed it wrong, but it's highly unlikely to suffer. For running with a backpack even more than for hiking, your load should be stable. This means the bag shouldn't be ...
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Is it worth using a hotshoe cover?

I've never used a hot shoe cover. I've shot outdoors with various cameras (Mostly Canon since the early 1990s) for several decades and never had an issue with a hot shoe that could be remotely related ...
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Can a camera be affected by fungus?

Cameras can be affected by fungus, but in real world usage they usually aren't as vulnerable as lenses. There are a few reasons for this. Most lenses that have a fungus issue have been stored for ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

If your friend is truly referring to photographers that take thousands of images per week, yes they likely will wear out the shutter in about a year or so. Note that the shutter can be replaced for a ...
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Is camera at risk of condensation in cold temperatures if never removed from bag?

Personally, I have never taken any steps to protect the camera from condensation, and I've had the same camera for about 7-8 years without any signs of damage (although it is a 7D which is a pretty ...
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Can I DIY a regular backpack to protect my camera gear?

I hike with cameras a lot, most DSLRs are much more robust than most people think, and providing you protect the lens surfaces you normally don't need much to keep it safe. Padding Put the camera ...
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Can a lens's MgF2 anti-reflective coating be damaged by salt water?

Short version : stop the madness. Keep your lens out of salt water. Period. Salt water is corrosive and fairly close to the worst thing you can get on a lens. Submerging any lens is an appallingly ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

You are not holding the camera by the flash. You're holding in between them. By putting your fingers between camera and flash, you're exerting extra pressure to separate those two, so the force on ...
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Nikon D5500 proximity sensor failure?

I have figured this one out. I do, of course, now feel remarkably stupid for not having figured it out earlier, however, think the blushes worth it. The proximity sensor is here original ...
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What type of 3M vinyl should I use to protect the body of my lens?

Put the lens in a hermetically sealed, lead lined cask. Seal the cask in a pure nitrogen environment. Bury it at least 60 feet underground in a moisture controlled vault. Or you can use the lens to ...
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Can tethered shooting be dangerous to my camera?

I wouldn't worry about it. From my experience, power surges are not something you need to worry about with USB devices. If a power surge happens, it will most likely be from the power grid which is ...
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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?

Funny question :) but I can see where you're coming from. Yes, it's safe to change the lens! It becomes a very quick process once you've done it a few times. At the same time, don't fret about ...
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What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

NiMH (which is what eneloop are, not NiCd) won't explode in heat you can survive in, but may suffer. The most likely effect is a significant reduction in capacity, most of which will recover on ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

Interestingly enough, optics made for hunting rifles often come with transparent lens caps for both the front and rear lenses. This allows the scope to be used, albeit with less optical precision, ...
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

Lens caps are opaque to keep light out of the camera. This is something you really want when there's light-sensitive film in it rather than a digital sensor. Most shutters work well, but a tiny leak ...
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

It sounds like keeping this printer alive is a burden that you don't even want to put on the shoulders of somebody else. Instead, use the situation to your advantage and the person taking care of your ...
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May I hold the DSLR in part by the hotshoe flash?

Am I at risk of damaging the hotshoe, given that weight of the DSLR and the lens is approximately 50 oz. (1 400 g)? The shoe itself on most cameras seems sturdy enough that it'd probably take more ...
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Can incense damage a lens?

Actually, smoke is very, very fine dust dispersed in the air. When visible in the air, its density is high enough to absorb (black cloud/dark color) or scatter (white cloud/light color) light. When ...
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Do you need a solar filter for a wide-angle camera?

Would I get a washed out photo on a wide angle lens without the solar filter? Without a filter the sun is roughly 14 stops brighter than the highlights of the landscape under it on a sunny day. You ...
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