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Pixel-Peeper - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is pixel-peeper?
Q2. How do I interpret sample photos on pixel-peeper?
Q3. Why should I register?
Q4. Why should I sell my equipment on pixel-peeper?
Q5. What are the PP Points seen on the user profile page?
Q6. How can I contribute my photos to pixel-peeper?
Q7. How can I send feedback / ask questions about the service?
Q8. What's your privacy policy?
Q9. What can I do to prevent my flickr photos from showing up in pixel-peeper?
Q1.What is pixel-peeper?
Pixel-Peeper is a lens and camera comparison site. You can examine full size pictures from a specific lens or camera (more than 1,000,000 photos are available), also based on a specific setting (e.g. aperture, focal length or ISO). If you'd like to find out more about how to interpret sample images, check out the tutorial.

Each lens/camera page also lists a number of online stores and eBay auctions along with availability that you can use to purchase equipment, or simply to check prices in your country.

Q2.How do I interpret sample photos on pixel-peeper?
See this tutorial
Q3.Why should I register?
Registration is free of charge. It will allow you to:
  • Share your opinions about a lens or camera with other users
  • Set up notifications that will send you an email whenever there are new auctions for the equipment you're interested in
  • Specify lenses and cameras you currently have and the ones on your wish list and track used and new prices for them
  • Share your photos with other users
  • See which photos from your flickr account can be found on pixel-peeper
  • You can buy or sell equipment listed in our classified ads
Q4.Why should I sell my equipment on pixel-peeper?
  • Because it's free to try! Each PP user receives 2 free sale credits.
  • Because of a low risk of fraud! You can decide to only make direct sales to photographers in your local area or you may also offer the option of shipping. Buyers and sellers have a rating based on previous transactions and on their flickr account (we check how long the account exists, how popular the photographer's best photos are, etc.).
  • Potential buyers will be more likely to trust you because they'll be able to check your ratings, see your flickr account and, what's most important, see full-size photos made with the equipment being sold.
  • Because PP is very popular! With millions of pageviews per month your listing will reach a huge number of other photographers who come to PP to find high quality equipment to purchase.
  • Because you don't risk anything! If you make a sale through a different channel, simply unpublish your offer. You don't need to commit to a sale through PP as you would with auction sites.
Q5.What are the PP Points seen on the user profile page?
These points, along with the classified ad rating, are useful to help you determine if you can trust the user when purchasing equipment from them. A low score doesn't mean that the user can't be trusted (perhaps they simply are new to flickr and PP) but a high score usually indicates the user is an active member of the flickr and/or Pixel-peeper community since quite a long time and that their photos are appreciated. Purchasing from a photographer with an established flickr account is much safer than buying from random sources. The PP score uses the following components for the calculation: evaluation of user's best flickr photos, time since the flickr account was opened, popularity of the photos on the flickr account, time since the PP account was opened, articles posted on PP.
Q6.How can I contribute my photos to pixel-peeper?
You can do this by signing up to the pixel-peeper group on flickr and following posting directions for automated addition (may not work for all lenses because of quantity limits set). You can also manually add your photos. You'll need to register first, then go to My Pixel-Peeper and indicate individual photos you'd like to contribute along with the camera/lens used. The only requirement is the photos must be at least 7MP in size and the original size must available to all flickr users. Digicam photos are currently not accepted using this mechanism.
Q7.How can I send feedback / ask questions about the service?
You can use the contact form on the about page or go to the Pp flickr group to start a general discussion.
Q8.What's your privacy policy?
We will not give any of your data to third parties. We will not send you any emails except when specifically requested by you (e.g. notifications, user name & password reminder).
Q9.What can I do to prevent my flickr photos from showing up in pixel-peeper?
Pixel-peeper works like a search engine for photos (e.g. google images). Only images openly accessible through flickr are listed in form of thumbnails linking to a destination page on flickr. This means that the same photos can be found through many other searches and websites. If you don't want your photos to be viewed by other people, you should change the privacy settings in flickr (either generally or for a specific photo). Still, if for some reason you don't want your photos to be found via pixel-peeper, please send your request via flickr email to the flickr user "zwieciu". Your photos will then be removed them from the database within 24 hours.