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How many of you take good care of their camera equipment?

 
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Sep 25, 2016 03:54 |  #46

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At least three times (twice with the Mk I and once with my brand-new-at-the-time Mk II), my 7D body unexpectedly came off the lens to which it was mounted and smacked the concrete runway (an airport racetrack) hard. Each time, damage was only superficial and minor (some light scratching on a corner). Turned out that the cause was the Blackrapid dual-strap system, from which the 70 - 200 lens and 7D were hanging from, was on my right-hand-side and the camera body would hit my side in just the right way so as to push that button that releases the lens. Solution: switch the 7D camera to the left side. I haven't had a recurrence since changing sides.

That's the one complaint I have with BR, the camera/lens has a tendency to swing around or bump into my leg.
I had a lens hood come off, and the switches moved on my lens due to this bumping against my leg.

One must be careful.


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Sep 25, 2016 03:55 |  #47

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Well she seemed to be gear envious... I noticed her first and she seen me walking with my 200L at my sons game and she came up to me. After talking she did ask me why her photos where kind of fuzzy and such.

We've scheduled a shoot with her to shooot My wife, kids and myself. I may decipher if she needs any help but I'm not going to pry. If she asks I'll be more than glad to be an educator

I must say, Talley, I'm mystified why you, who has gear many of us can only dream about, would employ a photographer who's negligently damaged her own gear and by her own admission takes fuzzy pictures with it. I understand why you want someone else to do them but there are a lot of photographers around who could photograph your family with skill and the tools capable of producing the quality of photos you yourself are clearly capable of producing.


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Sep 25, 2016 03:57 |  #48

I have 3 expensive lenses: 24-70 f2.8 II, 70-200 f2.8 IS II, and the 300 f2.8 IS II.

I take good care of them by not letting others use them. Don't even ask to borrow one.


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Sep 25, 2016 06:05 |  #49

The few pro photographer I know first hand use there photo gear as a set of tools. The equipment is very worn, beaten up to unrecognizable. Still the gear are working flawless and they make fantastic photos which brings income. Taking care of equipment takes time, time is money. They dont have any emotional relationship with the gear. Their ugly and beaten up gear are Canon bodys and lenses. Canon pro bodys and L-lenses are designed to withstand heavy use and of course there are some L-lenses that have design flaws like the 50L loose front element and the 24-105L defect ribbon cable and control unit.

The only reason I taking very good care of my own gear is that I am an amatuer and poor photographer who do not make money on photos and also diagnosed with a disease called GAS. I know that some day I have to sell my gear to finance my next purchase. Gear in mint condition bring more money.




  
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Sep 25, 2016 15:37 |  #50

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Not really...I think people are free to treat their gear in any manner they choose. Who are you to tell someone else how to treat their gear?

Do you go around the neighborhood telling people with dandelions in their lawns they need to take better care of their lawns?

Do you got around telling people they should wash their cars?

Etc... etc...

If not...why should you care how this lady treats their gear.


So to recap, the OP says she is taking fuzzy pictures as her kit is broken, having never met the woman or seen any of her pictures, you say she is taking good pictures and that's all that counts.

You then have a go at me for telling people how they should treat their gear, but I've said no such thing, and then question who I am to be telling people what to do, whilst you're telling me what to do?


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Sep 25, 2016 17:04 |  #51
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welshwizard1971 wrote in post #18140140 (external link)
So to recap, the OP says she is taking fuzzy pictures as her kit is broken, having never met the woman or seen any of her pictures, you say she is taking good pictures and that's all that counts.
?

Reread the 2nd sentence of the 1st post by the OP...seems he thinks the photographer produces great photos...to the point I believe he is having her take portraits of his family.

So, I haven't ever met this women and never seen any of her photos...but I know how to READ!!!! and from what I've read...I deduce she can produce nice photos.




  
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Sep 25, 2016 20:30 |  #52

Hogloff wrote in post #18140201 (external link)
Reread the 2nd sentence of the 1st post by the OP...seems he thinks the photographer produces great photos...to the point I believe he is having her take portraits of his family.

So, I haven't ever met this women and never seen any of her photos...but I know how to READ!!!! and from what I've read...I deduce she can produce nice photos.

Indeed she can. From what I've seen I'll be happy. BUT who knows how many photos she's had to binned because her equipment wasn't 100% operational due to her negligence.


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Sep 25, 2016 21:19 |  #53

I am careful with my gear but not to a paranoid extreme. I don't throw them all loose and capless into a shopping bag, but I don't store them each in their own pelican case either.




  
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Sep 26, 2016 16:07 |  #54

Hogloff wrote in post #18140201 (external link)
Reread the 2nd sentence of the 1st post by the OP...seems he thinks the photographer produces great photos...to the point I believe he is having her take portraits of his family.

So, I haven't ever met this women and never seen any of her photos...but I know how to READ!!!! and from what I've read...I deduce she can produce nice photos.

I can read, and using this apparently unique ability between the two of us I was able to read the complete thread where she also takes fuzzy photographs due to her kit being broken, which was the whole point of the thread. But thank you for shouting, I do have a waxy build up in my left ear I keep meaning to get sorted, so much appreciated.


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Sep 26, 2016 18:30 |  #55

My stuff is battered as it gets. They are just tools (insured and replaceable).


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Sep 26, 2016 19:07 |  #56

I'm gonna be honest and say I don't take very good care of my gears. I have a regular backpack and my Nikon, my 70-200 and 24-70 go right in. These things are tanks though so it's neither here nor there for me. I do keep my lens caps on to protect the glass, but as for dividers in bags and stuff like that, nah.


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Sep 26, 2016 20:11 |  #57

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Sharpness is not the bar to judge what is or isn't but content is clearly one component to what is or isn't a good photograph and yes chauncey a 80kb compressed file on a web site is not any way to judge sharpness. And to what Tom is getting at my cameras are tools to be used not worn like an accessory. Here's what my 4 year old MM looks like after a lot of hard use.
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My Canon F-1 (decades of solid use)

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Heck, back in the day of brass camera tops, if you didn't have brass showing at the edges, you weren't a real photographer.


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Sep 26, 2016 22:17 |  #58

Most of Leica Ms still have brass tops.




  
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Sep 27, 2016 01:53 |  #59

They're tools, not trophies


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Sep 27, 2016 05:19 |  #60

I have lens caps, a bag with foam inserts, and a sensor pen. That's about as far as I go in taking care of my gear. Lenses get wiped with whatever's at hand - blower if I have it with me, but my t-shirt works fine otherwise. I change lenses when I need to, including in rain or dusty conditions. My cameras wear their dings and scratches with pride.


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