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Have you ever dropped your camera or lens? It’s the worst feeling in the world. I have, a couple of times, and every time I felt sick to my stomach! Both times I broke my lenses. One irreparably, and one that I maybe could have repaired myself, but at the time (10 years ago) the thought never occurred to me!

Well this week we’re talking about doing your own repairs, as well as why underexposed low ISO shots have more editing latitude than perfectly exposed high ISO shots, what lenses have to do with noise reduction, and whether or not it’s too hard to learn and use the fantastic 70-200mm f2.8 lens!

Here are all of this week’s questions:

Matt Riley asks:

1 | So, does anyone experience this? I can shoot a VERY underexposed shot @ 100 ISO & do a LOT more with it post-processing than I can do with a 1000+ ISO perfect exposure.
2 | Is this possible? I have 24-120 f4 NANO bla bla bla Nikon lens & a significantly cheaper Nikon prime 35mm f1.8. I haven’t done an exact/exact shot with settings, but the higher end seems to have significantly less noise in it’s shots? I thought it more had to do with camera body than lens…lenses reduce noise? (I havent researched it all)

Nika Rio asks:

Hi Spyros enjoyed your videos a lot. so helpful. Currently i use Canon rebelT4 i 18-55Mm F/3.5 and looking to update to a better lens Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L. my question is this. is it going to be too hard to jump from 18-55 to 7-200mm lens? am learning wedding photography and hopefully moving into that direction soon. but need to update to a better lens.thank you!!!

Joe DeCrosta asks:

I need your help, folks! I just threw down quite a bit of money to have my Canon EF-S 18 mm – 135 mm – F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens repaired from an impact. Well, the next day as I am changing to my wide angle lens, my newly repaired lens goes crashing to the ground. All seemed fine, until I go to replace the lens and I see that the lens mount has been bent and it won’t allow me to place the lens on the camera body.

Needless to say, the repair shop is charging me $130 dollars to replace the lens mount, but I wonder if I could just replace that myself. It seems pretty straightforward since I only have to replace the mount, and it seems like i might be able to save quite a bit of money if that’s all it takes. Any suggestions? Also, any suggestions on where to buy a good mount if I decide to go this route?

Thanks fellow photographers.

Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!

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