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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

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 ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

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 ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

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 ...
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Are there fake Canon cameras?

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 ...
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Why are Fuji lenses more expensive than others?

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 ...
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Trying to find a good camera in my price range

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....
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

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 ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

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 ...
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Can our wedding photographer charge editing fees not listed in the contract or previously disclosed?

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, ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

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 ...
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Are there fake Canon cameras?

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 ...
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How much should a drone operator get paid for their service?

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 ...
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Wedding Photography - Do you charge up front?

You should charge an appreciable percentage of the fee when booking the wedding to hold the date. You should specify in the contract signed at that time that the balance for your base fee is due prior ...
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If I have a never-published photo of a celebrity, can I make money selling glossy prints of it online?

1975 is a long time ago (though I remember the year too), but this SE question is worth a read. If I'm reading Wikipedia's "Sheer Heart Attack" page correctly, it sounds like the McFarlin Memorial ...
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Are there fake Canon cameras?

Sometimes there are reports of entry level DSLRs camouflaged and sold as full frame ones. Recently, it was found out that some d7100s (dx) were modified and sold as d610s (fx). And some d800s ( with ...
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Are there fake Canon cameras?

Yes, there are counterfeit cameras. Last time I visited Beijing, I had my cam around my neck while visiting a mall known to sell both original and fake products. (Well, I did not buy anything or ...
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Why are Fuji lenses more expensive than others?

Most of the lower priced Canon lenses are older designs that have long since sold enough copies to recover the R&D cost for Canon. Canon introduced the EF mount in 1987 and many of the current ...
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What's the difference between these two 1.4f 50mm prime lenses?

You've already identified some of the most striking and significant differences: Size/weight Price Not so obvious is that the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G is a 2008 design with nine optical elements in ...
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

As a professional photographer it takes me about 20-30 minutes per photo AT LEAST whether I'm editing a photos of inanimate objects or humans. It can take much longer if you're actually altering the ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

It's important to realize that you don't need all the lenses. For some people, collecting lenses is a hobby, and that's fine — although an expensive hobby. And some enthusiasts and professionals do ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

All of the other answers make good points, but I think there is one important factor to consider, which netrox touched on briefly: Sensor Size Most sub-$1,500 camera bodies will include an APS-C/APS-...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

I realize this was nearly two years ago, but... think about what you're asking: I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year... Should I charge a fee ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

RECEPTION I was a bit harsh in comments, though not the only one. Your Q almost read as a joke, but was not recieved with humor or taken gently because of the myriad of new photographers who can now ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

Take a basic photography course that covers lighting, exposure, and composition. What little you spend on the course for the knowledge you gain will be worth far more in the long run than any gear in ...
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How to go about selling digital files for printing and how to price them?

If you want to begin selling digital images, you would likely want to ask a few questions of the buyer before making any decisions on output or price. Some questions I would recommend include: Is ...
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What criteria is used to price the photographs from stock photography services?

As a fine art photographer I had to deal with this issue. There are a lot of not-so-obvious factors besides size and quality of the print. You have to know your market: who would buy it? Some of my ...
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What criteria is used to price the photographs from stock photography services?

When it comes to traditional stock photography licensing, when you purchase a licence to an image you are effectively renting it. This is especially true when licencing for print where the number of ...
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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?

Any serious photographer, specially if photography is going to be a life long passion, should always spend a large part of their budget on the Lens. The lens provides the greater overall return for a ...
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How Much Should I Ask for Photographing [School] Groups at an Outdoor Center and How Much Commission Should I Pay to the Outdoor Center?

Your competition is not other photographers, it's a teacher with a point and shoot. Schools care about the quality of the education, and the relatively minor quality difference in a staged group ...
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