runnah's sure fire tips to getting good advice on equipment

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  1. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you follow these tips, your questions will be answered with speed and accuracy.

    1. State your budget. Knowing how much you have to spend will allow people to accurately suggest equipment that is the best in your price range.

    2. State what you have currently. This will allow for proper compatibility in the suggestions.

    3. State your intentions. Taking photos of birds from a quarter mile away and photos of bugs require vastly different setups.

    4. State your skill level. Don't be bashful, if you don't know what a function does or why you need something, ask away.

    5. Do some research before hand. The Internet is a vast place full of somewhat accurate information. Come to the table with an educated question and save yourself and everyone else time and frustrations.


     
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  2. MSnowy

    MSnowy Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I like #5 the most. When I was thinking about getting into photography 4 years ago I did just that. I researched on the internet and was pointed to TFP for answers to my questions. So are you saying new people should leave get more info and then come back.
     
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    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Please if I may, let me reorganize those for you.

    1. Do some research before hand. The Internet is a vast place full of somewhat accurate information. Come to the table with an educated question and save yourself and everyone else time and frustrations.

    2. State your skill level. Don't be bashful, if you don't know what a function does or why you need something, ask away.

    3. See #2.

    4. State your intentions. Taking photos of birds from a quarter mile away and photos of bugs require vastly different setups.

    5. State what you have currently. This will allow for proper comparability in the suggestions.

    6. State your budget. Knowing how much you have to spend will allow people to accurately suggest equipment that is the best in your price range.
     
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  4. manaheim

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    This is awesome. Some moderator should make this a sticky.
     
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  5. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If only we knew one.
     
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  6. table1349

    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I,too,like 5 the best....move it to 1.The main problem I've ever had,is,how to craft a question.So,so,so many times have I asked a simple question here,that requires no background as to equipment,ability level,etc.I'm not saying that those background items aren't useful,but it seems they too often used to create an opinion,and then opinions are argued and all the OP wanted was a readers digest version.Is he/she headed in the direction to find the answer?Sometimes,small steps/little bites,encourages (at least me),further exploration.



    LMAO..........MAYBE I SHOULD READ THE OP THREAD TITLE!!!!!........sorry,runnah......that applied to general questions...**slowly goes back under the bridge,with his fellow trolls**
     
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  8. manaheim

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    I'm just gonna go ahead and stick this and we'll see if I get in trouble for it later.
     
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  9. table1349

    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well if you do send this to Terri from me. [​IMG]
     
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  10. MSnowy

    MSnowy Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I don't think the owners of this forum or their paying supporters agree with this. I'm sure they're striving to be the number #1 search result on Google.
     
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    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What...You mean if I show up at a car dealership and when they ask "what kind of car I am looking for" and I tell them "a white one" they won't know exactly what my wants and needs are. Well no wonder I felt disappointed and ripped off the last time I bought a vehicle. I wasn't sure I needed that custom built Mercedes Benz Pickup Truck for $190,000.00 but they said it came in white so I thought they knew what I needed.
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    Well, if I was a complete neophyte who wanted to do some research on cameras, I might conclude that a photography forum would be a good place to start. So, I go to Google and type "photography forum" into the search block.

    What do you think is the very first listing?

    Yeah...
     

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