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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

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 ...
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

Except for the smell of acetic acid, an ingredient in both the fixer and the stop bath, photo chemicals are relativity benign. Some rare cases of contact dermatitis which goes away if usage is stopped....
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Do you need to remove the camera (neck/shoulder) strap when using it on a tripod?

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 ...
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

In general, don't. It's far better to ventilate the darkroom than to wear a respirator. Easier on you (respirators are stressful to wear, as everyone ought to know after more than a year of COVID-19),...
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Did nitrate film stock provide different/better B&W and color projection quality?

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 ...
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Carrying a metal tripods during thunderstorms or related

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 ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

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. ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

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 ...
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How Does An Beginning Photographer Appear Safe and Serious To A Model?

Tell them the exact time and location of the shooting well in advance. Plan the first test shooting with each model in a public area (or close-by) to build up trust, and go to remote places for later ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

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 ...
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

I agree with the answers that suggest that you don't need a respirator for health and safety reasons, but if you simply don't like the odor of acetic acid or if you are worried about exposure to the ...
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

It depends on one's particular needs. Developer is quite toxic, fixer and stop - not really. Developer doesn't evaporate anything except water vapor, stop and fixer evaporate some non-toxic (but ...
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Do you need to remove the camera (neck/shoulder) strap when using it on a tripod?

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 ...
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

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 ...
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Do you need to remove the camera (neck/shoulder) strap when using it on a tripod?

I think as long as there isn't a lot of wind, it isn't a problem stability wise. What I have seen people express is the potential for snagging the strap on yourself and accidentally pulling the ...
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

I think using a bath tub for development is a bad idea. you won't be able to clean the bathtub perfectly, after some time you will have some stains in hard to clean areas as far as I know the ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

In general, if the manufacturer feels that the lens design is excessive for the cameras they produce they install a tripod collar/lens foot. This allows the lesser weight of the camera body to hang ...
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At which focal lengths is it ‘safe’ to have the sun in frame?

The variables: Height of the sun above the horizon. The closer the sun is to the horizon, the more atmosphere it has passed through before you see it. The atmosphere reflects, absorbs, and dissipates ...
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Can different darkroom chemicals be discarded into the same container?

The photo chemicals we use are mainly water. The developers are mildly alkaline; the fixers are mildly acid as is the stop-bath. All can be comingled without fear that some adverse chemical reaction ...
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

Film photography embraces the use of chemicals. For the most part, the chemicals we use are benign; otherwise the darkrooms of the world would be labeled as a hazardous workplace. Not to say there is ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

You can also grab one of these High Voltage Sync Regulators just to be safe: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/245292-REG/Wein_W990560_Safe_Sync_Hot_Shoe_to.html I think there is also cheaper ...
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

Note that the only real question here is half-face (mouth/nose) vs full-face (also the eyes), and for full-face respirators some are more friendly to glasses than others are. If you are in a ...
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

It should not cause any damage, just the battery will be slightly depleted if left for extended periods of time.
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Using carbon-fiber tripods in cold weather: safe temperatures, precautions, and effects of failure

I can't speak to the above issue because I don't know the tripod however carbon fiber is not as simple as you'd want it to be. The reason there is no 'true' answer to your question is because there ...
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

I have been storing my spare battery in the unplugged charger for the last 6 months and yes there was depletion of the charge ( 5% per month). I would have to do an experiment to find out if there was ...
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At which focal lengths is it ‘safe’ to have the sun in frame?

Wicked kids scorch insects and light fires with a burning glass. This is just a simple magnifier capable of focusing and concentrating sunlight forming a hot tiny image of the sun. You should know, ...
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Caribbean Island Disaster Recovery & Camera Safety

Have you seen photos from the island? Then cameras can work there. The photos you will take will be new and unique, so there is every reason to take a camera with you. While I have never been to a ...
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Carrying a metal tripods during thunderstorms or related

Lightning storms are not going to be influenced in any way by you or your tripod. You're entirely too small and insignificant even in the middle of nowhere for a storm to care. The purpose of a ...
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

The problem here is that your battery is coming into contact with metal that will conduct electricity. So slight discharge will occur if metal is touching just one end of your battery. If its left on ...
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