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This is mostly an anecdote but here you go. At one point I was shooting on a Canon Rebel XT. New I believe I paid in the range of $500 for the camera. By the end of what I found to be the useful range of the body, I had used a $2,200 70-200mm lens, a $1,500 85mm lens, and a $1,200 50mm lens on multiple occasions. The lenses all performed wonderfully, and ...


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Yes, absolutely! A great lens on an ok body will generally outperform an ok lens on a great body. Also, high end lenses tend to keep their value much better than a body will. Not sure what system you are using but here are some numbers based on Craigslist postings in my town: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L Price in 2011, new: ~$1400 Price today, used: ~$850 ...


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Please don't take this the wrong way, but... I suggest you do a lot more learning and practising before you try doing this as a business. I don't see anything in your wedding photos which convinces me you have the skill to take photos people will be happy to have paid for. Other than that, you're buying almost entirely the wrong gear for portrait ...


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The focal length/speed is only one factor in the retail price of the lens. Other goodies like construction (metal vs. plastic), image stabilization (and other automation in general) and vintage can easily add (or remove) a zero. The two lenses in the question are very different products. The 2.8G is a newer product and lacks an aperture ring - the diaphragm ...


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This is not a silly post in the matter of an amateur that gets asked to work paying gigs. If your work is satisfactory, it is very common to initially have close friends and family consider you for their photography needs. As word of mouth continues, of course even people outside of your immediate contacts will pick up on your skills and engage in business ...


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Absolutely disagree with TFuto, so wanted to chime in as well. The photo is not just your work, but more importantly your product. They are the buyer and you're the seller/supplier. You're standing in a world where everybody can make photos, so the supply of photos is incredible great and on top of that there is (nearly) no cost 'per copy sold'. Point in ...


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I'm trying to figure out where the catch is. The camera might have been stolen. The camera might be broken or damaged in some way that's not immediately noticeable. For example, if the body casting itself is bent, the camera might not be able to take a sharp image, or the battery connection might not be reliable. Professional cameras like the 5D line are ...


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The basic answer is that Canon's 50mm f/1.8 is an exception even within Canon's lineup. It's an old, simple design with nothing fancy, and made to be mass-produced cheaply. Compare the Canon 85mm f/1.8, at AU$360. Basically, almost no lenses are as cheap as the one you're using as your reference point, so your perception is skewed. The Olympus lenses aren't ...


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You have all the rights to your photos, and you do whatever you please to do with it, including suing the hell out of them if they use it against your will. Never EVER go into an argument about the value of your photo. You set the price, and that's it. Either they accept it or not. Do not react to any further comments from them. Especially, if that is a TV ...


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FujiFilm charges more for lenses (than Canon) because they can. FujiFilm has a near monopoly on X-mount lenses. Other options include cheap manual lenses and expensive Zeiss lenses. This is changing somewhat with the introduction of Viltrox autofocus lenses. Image quality of FujiFilm lenses is nearly guaranteed to be very good. Even XC lenses perform above ...


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I am a amateur, but am sometimes thought of as the "photographer" in the family. People pictures aren't my thing, but I do it when there are significant events I would be stuck having to attend anyway. Ususally these events are boring, so I don't mind taking pictures. It gives me something to do and gives me a good excuse to not have to sit there while ...


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I think the question you need to answer is "can you deliver what they expect"? If they would not hire a professional anyway because they cannot afford to (not everybody celebrates a huge wedding - sometimes it is just close family) then if you have at least one backup camera and are the best photographer amongst friends/family you will possibly make them ...


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Im 13 years old and just starting to get into photography. I trying to find a good instant camera under $100 Your best bet is probably a point-and-shoot digital camera rather than an "instant" camera. That way you're spending more of your money on the part that records the image rather than the part that prints the image, and you don't have to worry about ...


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Most of the difference is explained at Why are some lens hoods petal shaped and others not?, with the remaining question being the cost. And, I don't think the basic cost premise is correct. See cheap tulip hoods at B&H, where they start at $4 -- a dollar less than the cheapest circular hood. So the answer to "why are tulip hoods more expensive?" is... "...


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To answer this question, you first have to ask yourself what is important for you. The camera will impact mostly the color rendering and depth, the autofocus (number of focus points for example), and the overall control you have on the picture. The lens will have a lot of impact on sharpness & acutance , depth of field, quality of bokeh. Both will have ...


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Yes, certainly. If you're going to upgrade from the basic kit, always upgrade the lens first. The lens is what makes the picture. The camera is just a box for the film. This is somewhat less true now with digital cameras, but there still isn't a lot of difference in sensors unless you go way up in the product line. The things you get from upgrading the ...


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Camera and lens designs are full of compromises and certain decisions have knock on effect throughout the system. Olympus decided on a particularly thick filter stack when specifying the micro four thirds system. This and the short backfocus distance of a mirrorless lens mount necessitate a telecentric or near telecentric lens design where rays exit the ...


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This is a highly personal decision. It depends on whether you really want the work, and at what rate. And of course whether you want to attend the wedding at all, if it's a distant relative, or if you'd prefer to attend as a normal guest at a friend's wedding so you can relax and enjoy it. I see your choices as: Decline. Tell them you do not enjoy ...


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There is no justification for removing JPEG processing in digital cameras for the foreseeable future, there are plenty of reasons not to use jpeg but none to make it completely unavailable. From a performance perspective the biggest bottleneck is writing the file to storage card(s) and mandating bigger files would yield no speed improvement at all. Cost ...


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Similar services that you mention are performed commercially. A popular model is that photographers would send all or a culled selection of images to the company and they will further cull and perform basic editing on the remainder. Charging Method Charging is rarely done by the hour since speed is greatly dependent on skill level and a customer shouldn't ...


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Don't sell a license for less than you think it is worth, but also carefully consider what it is worth. If they are asking for a single use license for one live airing for background usage, $50 might not be too far out of line for a stock photo usage. If they aren't asking for re-print rights or even something they will be using as a major portion of the ...


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I have used retouchers in China like these guys that charge $5/picture (and less for large quantities) and aren't bad for basic retouching. For more skilled retouchers $10/picture is common. For pros that are more on the "graphic artist" level the rates I see run $50-$100/hour.


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As a rule, pro wedding photographers and editors consider a Blemish to be a temporary flaw or mark on a persons face. These will include skin imperfections such as spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, veins in the eyes ETC, anything that is temporary. Any imperfection which is a more permanent part of a person, is generally not considered a blemish. These ...


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This is somewhat covered in this question. But it comes down to your prints are worth whatever people will pay for them. You can calculate a minimum price based upon your material costs and an amount you feel your time is worth, but this is really just the floor below which you are losing money. So some key factors that will influence price: Audience: ...


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I don't know your special situation, you did say high energy, but I don't know scale. You want a fast shutter so I assume you want a high speed photo. Perhaps you may need significantly greater power, but in contrast to your stated goal, I can tell you about photography. One problem with a fast shutter speed is that it decimates the longer light, which can ...


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The only reason I can think of is if you need to make some extra spending on something. Pay an extra assistant, re purchase a flying ticket, hiring a backup photographer because that date was already taken by another client. If that is the case, talk to your client about the situation. If not, I think you could just be understanding and change the date on ...


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A common "scam" is to offer the camera body for a very low price, and then make up the difference by charging high prices for everything else. You say the offer is for "5D III + 24-105 L lens for 1100€" -- this is exactly what you'll get. It doesn't include a battery, or the user manual, or the camera strap, or lens caps, or a protective cover for the ...


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I am in the same business. Basically I break my pricing into three parts - labour (pilot + observer), per battery and delivery (editing, video post, etc) The labour is the rate I need to charge for my time, overheads and profit, accounting for my experience and quality of work. Now I would love to charge $500/hr but reality and my client base settle for ...


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Nope. From a manufacturers point of view, it wouldn't even be a different camera. They'd sell the exact same camera with some firmware that prevented jpeg compression. When it comes to integrated circuits, mass production is where the money comes from. A product with reduced feature set is often just cannibalised with a special firmware. I remember how I ...


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Your question doesn't really make sense. I don't think you know what a proof is and I think you are using it interchangeably with "digital file". Also, I don't get why painting your house results in losing four images. Did the photographer have them printed directly on your walls? If the photographer owns the rights to the images, what choice do you have ...


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