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Martin B

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  1. I literally make a living selling camera gear and lenses on eBay. You can ask whatever you need to get for an item. You don't have to answer silly questions or respond to low-ball offers. Well cared for lenses often sell for close to, and sometimes more than, their original retail price. Digital bodies, not so much. They don't hold value well. Post very detailed photos, and write an honest and accurate description.
  2. It's not the sharp part that is concerning in this case. At all. It has to do with the slow aperture and that it has a variable aperture. The detriment of using a lens with a slow aperture is self explanatory for low light conditions. A lens with a constant aperture, like the f/2.8 lens, retains a constant aperture and focus when zoomed. A lens with variable aperture, however, changes both aperture and focus as it is zoomed, which can be be a big problem in many circumstances when trying to get off quick shots or control depth of field.
  3. It depends on how big the scratch and where it is on the element. The closer to the center, and the bigger the imperfection, the more degradation to the image. As someone who works on cameras and lenses for a living, I can tell you that putting anything on the rear element, as seems to be recommended by a few people posting here, will not help the situation in any way, and in most cases make it worse. The reason a person would put something like black or varnish on a scratch on a lens element, is to reduce flare, and this is way more important on a front element than on a rear element. However
  4. Why anyone would pay $2,500 for a relatively slow, variable aperture zoom lens is beyond me. The 70-200 f/2.8 is a much better design, and a lot faster.
  5. I've had that happen because the date in the meta was wrong. It went up, but kicked back to QC after about 20 minutes. Once i fixed the date and uploaded the image again, it was fine.
  6. "personal data resulting from specific technical processing" "specific technical processing" does not mean clicking a shutter release and editing in Photoshop. It means breaking down that photographic information into digitized biometric data.
  7. "except in cases of journalism or news reporting or where the consent of any person shown in an Image has been obtained or another legitimate reason exists" I think you missed the point. If there is a reason to include a name, say to help the image come up on an image search, then it doesn't necessarily have to be journalistic. I can't imagine how a common guy on the street, or an unknown model need their name in a caption or tag, and can't think of a reason for a photographer to intentionally add it.
  8. Of course it depends on how a particular model release is worded. Any comprehensive legally binding model release form should cover that if the photographer or end user has usage of that information that goes beyond just organizing files. The current Alamy standard release does not cover use of name, but does cover ethnicity. https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-model-release-form.pdf
  9. Yes, a model release is the definition of consent, as it pertains to photography. Also, what purpose would the name of the subject or model in the caption of a stock photo serve? Unless the model is famous or otherwise notable, there should be no advantage or reason to add his or her name.
  10. You, as an individual photographer, for the most part aren't either. You really need to read the GDPR. Let me know when you have 250 employees or get in the business of breaking down and disseminating biometric data. http://www.privacy-regulation.eu/en/article-30-records-of-processing-activities-GDPR.htm Also, anyone doing business in the EU or UK is equally capable of being prosecuted or fined under the law, regardless of where they live or where their company is based. Think Facebook as an example. http://www.privacy-regulation.eu/en/article-3-territorial-scope-GDPR.htm
  11. So you haven't read the GDPR. These are Alamy company rules, responding in part to that law, but apply equally to all contributors, regardless of location. And the GDPR also applies to anyone doing business through the EU or UK. I've read sections of the new law, but hearing some people talk about the GDPR, you would think it was the end of photography on the European continent.
  12. I didn't understand it to mean that, but the wording is too vague at the moment. They'll get it worked out. In the mean time, I'm not sweating it.
  13. This does not pertain to metadata on your image. It pertains to information you fill out or allow to be added to the fields once the image is uploaded "including captions, keywords, Pseudonyms, agency names and descriptions" Alamy strips most metadata from your image when it is being reformatted, before it is transferred to the buyer.
  14. Click on the grayed super tag, and it will become a super tag for both, then delete the duplicate non super tag. Just play around with it. You'll get the hang of it. If you mess up, you can always click cancel changes, or do it over.
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