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I understand your concern. I personally have bought things on Amazon which looked completely legit but turned out to be fraudulent. (Like, not just generic instead of official, but actually with fake brand silkscreening.) However, this is generally because Amazon isn't really selling most of the stuff on amazon.com — it's a big network of third-party ...


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My two cents. The sandbags are to stabilize your gear, not to be a burden. In my opinion, use whatever you have on site, little rocks, bigger rocks if you are on location. Beach sand if you are on the beach. Tools and bolts if you are in a workshop. Yes, some materials can damage a bit of your bags. But I would not carry extra weight if traveling. To ...


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Warranty service is with Nikon, not Best Buy or any other retailer. If Nikon says you can buy a genuine product someplace, then you can (and you did). If you're concerned a product is not genuine, verify the serial number on the manufacturer website. If you're unable to figure it out, you'll likely have difficulty making a claim because it's usually a ...


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Alternative materials: Stale and/or unwanted dried legumes. Surplus nuts and bolts.


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Sand has a nasty habit of leaking out and/or retaining water when wet which can lead to mold. What you want is called "Pea gravel" which is small rounded stones you that will fill your bag without leaking or tearing it. It's available at every hardware store or online.


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I think this is one really cute question, so I want to help you a bit. When you say she is a serious photographer, we need to define what that is. I will help you with some of the applications of ring light or ring flash. 1. Macro The original intention of a ring flash was to take pictures of small objects, where you needed to get really close to it, ...


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The lenses that you decide to use are ultimately a very personal decision. Some people like primes, others zooms, others all-in-one-zooms. Pending your shooting style, whether or not you get the shot that you want will be determined by the focal length that you have available along with the aperture you have available on that particular lens. Some people ...


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The D3300 being an APS-C camera, your shorter lens (50mm) is not even "standard", it is a short tele. So if you want to take landscapes, get either a 35mm or 24mm prime the usual standard zoom lens (18-55mm being frequent) a better-than-kit lens: typically a 17-50 f/2.8 (Tamron, Sigma) or with a bit more reach but a bit less aperture the Sigma 17-70mm


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In photography, there are two kinds of lights: flash and continuous. Flashes are those that fire at time of clicking the shutter button. Continuous are like lights in your home: they are always on when in use. In the first instance, the camera directly controls the light, in the last, the camera (usually) doesn't. Flash is used in portrait photography, ...


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You probably don't want to use noise reduction in astrophotography as the algorithms may consider stars as noise! Typically, when choosing a lens for astrophotography, you want short focal length and large aperture area at the same time. You can calculate an "astrophotography index" for the lenses, and the index should be as low as possible. The index is: ...


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The MagBounce is similar to the card-bounce diffuser that was proposed by Rafael, but it's a commercial product instead of something that has been bent from paper and therefore will surely not withstand travel in suitcase. It requires a MagGrip magnet grip band around the flash head. You install it once, and then you can attach the MagBounce (and other ...


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