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Apparently yes: Police announced that part of the SD Card has since been discovered in Wakita's body (some Japanese blogs are reporting that they found it in his, ahem, poop). On the recovered card, officers apparently discovered the peeping pictures in question and arrested Wakita. They are pretty durable things. It sounds like in this case the guy ...


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Your fears are absolutely justified. But, digging in… The lens mount itself is bolted to the camera’s lightbox. In order to damage the mount, we would need to stress it to the point of damaging itself, the bolts holding it to the lightbox, or the lightbox itself. The weight of the camera is important only insofar as one could infer the sturdiness of these ...


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Scandinavia is pretty much the safest part of Europe. You have absolutely nothing to worry about, and there is no reason to behave any different than in your home country in regard to safety. That being said, things tend to break or get lost at the worst time. Backing up your photos is definitely a good idea, as is getting a good bag and straps. And do not ...


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Having lived in Europe all my life, most of it with a camera around my neck (at least during my free time), I wonder where you got the idea that it's inherently unsafe to be in Europe while having a camera with you. The only time I've ever had gear stolen in 30 years+ was during a burglary at the house I was staying... Of course every country and city has ...


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Carbon fiber can take quite a hell of a beating, both in terms of environment (water, sand, snow) and temperature. I've heard a lot of people discussing or complaining about how carbon fiber is susceptible to extreme cold, however I think most of it is hearsay and speculation. There are only a couple times when I've read something regarding carbon fiber ...


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Yes the trigger voltage on some old flashes is too high for modern electronic cameras. There is a page on botzilla Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages which lists many old flash units. I don't see your dad's flash model there, but the 20 B3 model had a trigger voltage of 168 volts. According to this thread on photo.net, the 7D can handle up to 250V, so that ...


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Most high-end SD cards from a good brand are waterproof. It will survive submerging in a fish tank for weeks, acid proof or not, I don't know. Generic brands or low-end cards are not as well constructed and are NOT waterproof. However, taking the question seriously, since the card ultimately comes out with your waste. I think it would be better to wrap it ...


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Is it usually safe to leave the camera strap on the camera body itself for long exposure shots? It's fine. If you're concerned about wind catching the strap and causing blur (or even flying up into the shot) you can roll it up and secure it with a rubber band or zip tie. But if there's enough wind to move the strap, there's probably enough wind to shake the ...


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There is a very real danger of producing a very low quality photograph of your baby while disturbing them at the same time if you use a flash from less than 1m away. Bounce the flash off a white ceiling or a large reflector to avoid the danger of having to shake your head every time you look at these pictures 10 years from now.


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It depends the weight of the lens. How much exactly depends on the camera. Your examples are quite light telephotos and those are no problem at all. In general when the lens is too heavy, it comes with a tripod mount to attach it.


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I'm going to answer a different question. :-) Instead of planning to strain my poo for the next few days, I would happily format the card and show the goons. What I would be wagering is that they would not realize how easily one can recover images from a freshly formatted card. If that weren't good enough, I would voluntarily remove the card and give it ...


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There is no such thing as absolute safety. But you are probably fine doing this. A few things to consider: Some wildlife photographers say they are doing this (read this in a few blog posts, can't remember where). As well as a lot of sports photographers. But these guys also have equipment insurance and can be quite careless in what they do. I remember a ...


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Well, the viewfinder itself is not going to cause infections, but some of the germs that cause conjunctivitis are highly contagious. If you're passing your camera to people with red eye, ask them to wash their hands and to use the LCD screen instead. In general, though, these germs are not particularly long-lived away from a human host. Just letting the ...


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Cellulose nitrate film material was the first successful transparent, flexible stock. It made roll film and motion picture (cine) film possible. The bad news was cellulose nitrate self-combusted at about 300°F. The movie houses of that era used carbon arc as the projection light source. If the film were to break during a movie, the stopped film would likely ...


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It might be worth considering that modern aircrafts (like A380) have a large amount of composite materials, including carbon fibre. To cite Wikipedia "The A380 is the first commercial airliner to have a central wing box made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic". Flying at almost 40 000 feet and experiencing temperature as low as -40 every day is proof to me ...


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I'm not entirely sure if @StanRogers answer covers it entirely so I'll add this. When you use compressed air canisters several things happen besides the blast of air which can (as Stan describes) remove things like the thin film coating. First, the gas, stored under pressure expands quickly, this gas expands because its heating up and has room (less ...


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Is it safe to carry a metal tripod during the rain/thunderstorm Having a collapsed tripod strapped to your bag is unlikely to be a problem. Holding an extended tripod over your head in the middle of an open field during a thunderstorm is definitely a bad idea. Then again, simply standing in an open field during a thunderstorm is also a bad idea. If there's ...


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You should be just fine holding it by the camera alone, it's the same effect as having your camera on a tripod. A 24-70 F2.8 is also relatively short so it won't be asking to much of your lens mount. In general lenses that are really to heavy or to long for the camera to support by itself will have their own tripod collar. Lenses around 1000 grams aren't ...


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I wouldn't be concerned on a 200D. It's a good sturdy body, so should have no issues with a lens of that weight. The 200D has an aluminium chassis, which will be easily strong enough to hold a lens of that size and weight. A friend of mine uses a 600D which I believe has the same armature, and has used some very hefty lenses on it without any need to ...


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I'd expect it to survive. Stomach acid is reasonably nasty stuff but residence time is not vast. You could try it now so that you know when needed. Swallow an SD and a micro-SD at the same time. Anyone looking is more liable to find the SD and may stop at that stage. Even if connections or PCB were damaged I'd expect the memory proper to have a good ...


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The risk with leaving the strap on the camera while on the tripod comes down to: Risk of unintentional snagging: If you, another person, or maybe pet, were moving close by the camera, it's possible to snag the strap while moving, and disturbing the shot (at best), or pulling the the rig and possibly dropping the camera to the ground. Wind catching strap and ...


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Q: I was slightly afraid of bending the lens mount if I hold the camera body without supporting the lens with my second hand. Were those fears justified? Or can I safely mount any lens on any compatible camera without worrying about the weight? Bending the lens mount on the camera is unlikely, something else is virtually certain to give out first. ...


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Given that you specifically state "small rare earth magnets" I can tell you the data will most definitely not be affected, but let me lay out my argument. A magnetic field can induce a current - BUT this requires a pulsating magnetic field. Your rare earth magnets create a static magnetic field, so technically only if something moves in the magnetic field ...


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An unplugged charger may, or may not, discharge the battery if it isn't plugged in to the wall. Depends entirely on the charger's circuitry and may change without notice, even if it's exactly the same model of charger (the model number guarantees it will charge the battery. It doesn't guarantee how it charges the battery) However, if your battery is ...


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It depends on the turning moment exerted by the lens - it's weight multiplied by the distance from the mount to the lens centre of gravity. A 200g lens could rip the mount right off if it were long enough. Meanwhile the Canon 85 f/1.2L is just fine despite weighing over one kilogram as it is very short. However you usually don't have to worry about this as ...


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The one possibility everyone has missed is storing the micro SD card in a hollowed US nickel. I have used this successfully in investigation situations where I knew I would be detained. Most security staff are grossly undereducated for the job, a plus in such a case. You must have several SD cards on you, as well as coins, to be sure to be ready. You also ...


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Sure, I do this all the time. Here is a tip: Thread your camera strap through the tripod legs. This way its 1) out of the way, and 2) if for some reason the quick release fails, the camera will drop only as far as the strap will allow. Good for an OMG! moment, but no sickly metal/glass crash sound at the end. Honestly, this is really the only time I ...


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I have a similar Manfrotto CF tripod, I have not had issues down to about 10 below so far. I am not sure what the failure mode looks like. The precautions to take would be to avoid hitting the tripod legs on hard surfaces in very cold conditions. CF legs are much nicer than the Aluminum legs I was replacing for cold weather use, as they do not chill your ...


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As a Parisian, I can tell you that you can shoot inside the Opéra Garnier. However, you may have to buy a guided tour to be allowed to shoot. I don't think tripod is allowed but you sure can use a monopod or any other device which is not too big. Montmartre, as most touristic places, knows its pickpockets, thieves, riff-raff... Close your bags and hold them ...


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