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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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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. I personally have worked with and breathed them for more than 55 years. I am 83 and still kicking. Besides, I was a registered environmental assessor, and I ...


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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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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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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), and more effective (you don't have to think about having a second set of exhaust fans if you invite someone in to watch you work in your darkroom or instruct ...


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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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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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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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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 shootings. Provide a written contract that is clear and precise and which should contain a list of intended uses for the photographs. Provide proof that models ...


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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 smelly) ingredients. Nothing in the process hints that one can get mist of doplets of any of the solutions and inhale them. Dry forms of the chemicals can create ...


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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 point of distraction, then follow the recommendations of the manufacturer as published in their MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). As an example here is a PDF ...


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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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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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As others pointed out, losing your camera is always a risk, and with it, you might lose your pictures. A couple of really easy tips: Take a picture of your name and address. Anyone who finds your camera might turn it on, see the picture, and return the camera. You might even add "$50 reward to the person who returns this camera to me" (or whatever it is ...


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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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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 tripod over.


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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 particular benzene derivative contained in Rodinal is not known as carcinogen, but many similar chemicals are and I would not expose naked bodies of innocent people ...


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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 from the heavier lens instead of the other way around. If it is a lens that has a tripod collar/lens foot then you are likely pushing your luck if supporting the ...


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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 this energy so that less of it reaches a viewing location on the ground. The optical density of the atmosphere. Clear dry air allows much more of the sun's ...


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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 absolutely no danger as the potential to mishandle chemicals is with us always. There are a plethora of developer formulas, all have advantages and ...


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As your question covers in great detail, medically there is very little risk of any damage to an infant's vision. Whether it has any affect on the way you and your child bond, on the other hand... From a photographic standpoint, why would you want to fire a bare flash at full power less than one meter away from your subject? Maybe if you are doing macro ...


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I have a RRS TVC-33 and love it, but i do have issues with the leg locks in cold weather. The problem i have is that when your out in cold weather and particularly when there is a light snow my tripod leg locks will freeze and i can no longer move them and am stuck without being able to collapse the leg sections. I also have my older manfrotto 055xprob ...


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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 will cause harm. Additionally, all are quite benign. Whereas spent fixer contains silver in solution, the federal government labels it toxic. The toxicity is due ...


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