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Stands for "Do it yourself", and refers to the creating or improvising equipment out of materials on hand, as opposed to purchasing a pre-made product.

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How can I hack 35mm film into a 120mm camera and have it safely received?

I can simply put 35mm spool in place of 120mm one. Spring will hold it all right, and I can get it to wind on the receiver spool. Of course I can't know frame number and need to do it "by the ...
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How can I fix a Nikon DX 18-135mm with an aperture stuck open?

I am currently on a trip and I brought an 18-135mm lens and a 35mm prime as my two lenses for the trip. When I took my zoom out of my backpack off the plane and put it on my camera, I immediately ...
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What do I need to make my own camera stand with a 40" horizontal arm?

I need a stand with a variable height (max 7 ft. tall) and a >40" horizontal lateral arm. the center column doesn't have to move, it can be secured to the ground. I should be able to move the ...
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Possible to draw a custom grid on a focusing screen?

Canon 5D mark 1 comes with the Focusing Screen Ee-A. I like to have a custom grid on this screen. Is it possible to draw or maybe etch custom grid on this piece? If possible, how can we do it?
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Medium / Large Format Pinhole Camera

I'd like to build a large format pinhole camera using photographic paper as the medium. I've found several articles and how-to guides for building small/medium format 4x5 pinhole cameras but nothing ...
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Time needed to full self-discharge of speedlight capacitor

I need to repair the Nikon's SB-600 speedlight. As I need to access to only the bottom part of the speedlight I skipped the danger of electric shock. However when I tried to disconnect one of the ...
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How can I replace this clear plastic rectangle from inside of my DSLR piece?

While cleaning my camera, this piece was scratched. What is its name? and is it possible to replace it?
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How can I take good pictures with binoculars? [duplicate]

I have these 15x70 binoculars, a Nikon D7000 with a 18-105 lens, an iPod Touch with camera, two smartphones (Nexus 5, Galaxy Note II) and a Nikon Coolpix @ 12mpx Is it possible to take good pictures ...
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How can I build an underwater camera housing?

I'm thinking about building simple waterproof housing for camera. I don't expect high quality I want to record some videos good enough to identify fish species, nothing more for now. My housing will ...
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Can I modify a Logitech C615 webcam for infinity focus?

I've been using the Logitech C615 web cam for some time now, for timelapse photography. However I'm not perfectly happy with its focus at "infinity". It's not perfectly clear. On closer distances the ...
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What can I do with a 500W work light in terms of lighting?

I currently own the following set of halogen work lights: 2x250W work light This video, Easy DIY Work Light Diffusion, talks about putting a Lee 216 Gel Filter in front of similar lights. My ...
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How to calculate the optimal pinhole size?

As far as I've understood, optimal diameter for pinhole size is calculated by formula where d - the optimal diameter for pinhole c - constant f - focal length (distance between pinhole and ...
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What mount would fit a bare 50mm diameter, 2mm thick filter?

I have a 50mm diameter, 2mm thick unmounted optical glass filter that I want to attach to my camera. I haven't been able to find a resource that describes the size of the optical glass used in ...
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Is it possible to DIY adjust the focus ring distance scale of a lens?

I have a particular lens in mind, but is it generally possible to do this adjustment? Of course there are a lot of lenses that don't have any distance scale to begin with. Many lenses have the scale ...
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Where can I get a replacement battery door for a Sony NEX camera?

Could anybody tell me from where can I order a spare door for the battery of my camera, a Sony NEX F3. I need to replace it as it was broken, and I cannot find it online.
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How can i get AF confirmation working with Samyang 500mm f/6.3 with dandelion chip?

I've put a dandelion chip (4th gen) on my Samyang 500mm f/6.3. I shoot a Canon 6D by the way. So, that's cool now I've set the chip to return f/6.3 and I can get a correctly exposed LiveView, EXIF ...
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Can I build my own focal reducer by reversing a teleconverter?

Would it be feasible to reverse a 1.4x teleconverter's optics into a cross-system lens mount adapter & have it function as a focal reducer? For example, like this: Camera hacked adapter ...
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Where can I find a service manual for Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR LD Aspherical Macro Zoom Lens (for Nikon)?

I'm a photographer from Sri Lanka. I disassembled my Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR LD Aspherical Macro Zoom Lens (for Nikon) to clean it myself. But now, it's difficult for me to reassemble it. I ...
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Can I polish a scratch off of lens contacts?

I have a Canon lens (ultrasonic 17-85mm) and the biggest of the contacts is scratched slighty. It is now showing a connection error. It works only from time to time. Is there a way to polish the ...
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What is the diameter of the lens' aperture in mm terms?

I'm planning to create a customized aperture effect. Like this one in the Photo. I'll be doing a DIY customized aperture that will be attached to the filter. My lens' widest aperture is F/1.8 ...
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How to upload photos wirelessly on an old 5D?

Is it possible to wirelessly transfer my photos from my old Canon 5D (original) to my computer (macbook) over the internet? I have heard great things about magic SDs, but I only have a CF card slot. I ...
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What tools and spare parts are needed to repair Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM prime lens?

The focus of Canon 200mm f/1.8 L seems to be entirely USM driven. Manually rotating the black ring has no impact at all on mine, as it is broken. What tool set would be the best I could buy (from ...
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Is it possible to take apart a manfrotto monopod for transportation?

I'm about to buy a Manfrotto 562B. It folds down to about 27 inches but I would like to make it even smaller for transportation purposes. Is it possible to take it apart? Do you know how? The idea is ...
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How can I modify a webcam to use an SLR lens?

I want to place a webcam between 6m (20ft) and 12m (40ft) from my subject and have a capture width of 3m (10ft). If I understand the formula, with an estimated sensor width of 8.46mm (1/3"), I need a ...
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How to fix stuck aperture?

I have a Micro-Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8 lens. The aperture appears to be stuck. Is it worth trying to repair the lens? Are there any good guides for disassembling the lens?
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How do I 'break' a film camera in order to get double exposures?

Film cameras typically refuse to double expose on the same frame of film. Let's take the Olympus trip 35 as the example. They're cheap as chips and don't expose unless you wind on the film. What part ...
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How to build your own External Power Supply for Canon Powershot G7?

I was reading CHDK forums and was trying to find how to build a DIY external power for my Canon powershot g7. I can't find the ACK DC20 where I live. Anybody have any guide for this?
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How do welder's glass shades translate to stops when used as an ND filter?

I've been inspired by this to try using Welder's glass as an ND filter. For welders' glass, they use values of "shade" from about 4 up to 11 or so. I know 11 is really dark. Does anybody know if ...
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How can I make an AC adaptor for a Fujifilm S2980?

I bought a Fujifilm Finepix S2980. As the AC power adapter is very expensive and hard to find (I could only find a mention of it in the manual), I would like to know if it is possible to build an AC ...
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How do you replace a tripod leveling ball's tension bar?

I've got a Bogen Manfrotto tripod (745B legs paired with a 701RC2 fluid head), with a broken part. I found the page for the tripod on the Manfrotto site, and the parts diagram makes it look like I ...
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which brand ecosystem is more open for hacking?

I'm a seasoned photographer who used to have a nikon until recently and I am now thinking of buying a new camera and want to experiment more with it. The types of things I want to do is: control the ...
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How do I develop black and white film myself? [duplicate]

I have recently got a film SLR and I have shot a lot of pictures (say like 6 rolls in a weeks time). To develop these pictures in my area takes up to a week or two.... so what struck my head was to ...
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How to set up Three Point Lighting without (much) real equipment?

I'm setting up basic three point lighting in my room to photograph myself facing the camera (actually, this is for video, but I understand questions about lighting are ok). What I have is two Smith ...
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How can I adjust for any inaccuracy in a homemade white card?

Quite a number of years ago, I made my own white card. It is basically made up by two white access cards in plastic glued together and sanded down so that they have a matte finish. The cards have ...
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Where can I buy IR filter glass?

I want to do an IR conversion to my old Nikon D70 (swap the on-sensor filter), Where can I get raw IR filter glass from? Preferably in the UK. I am very capable with optics/electronics etc, but no ...
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I dropped my P&S, can I fix the zoom by myself?

I dropped my P&S, and now the zoom barrel is like this: It's out of warranty, what's the best way to fix it? Take it apart? Hit the barrel with something? Push it?
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Name of contact pins of Canon mount and where to buy it?

I want to convert my Canon lens into a macro lens. I really need the contact pins to customize the ring so the aperture will work. But I can't find it anywhere. Does somebody know the name of this ...
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Can I repair a cracked internal flash in a Nikon D7000?

During our latest holidays unfortunately we dropped our d7000 and the internal flash broke (the plastic and the bulb are both cracked). Is this something I could replace myself? If so, where can I ...
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What grease to use on zoom drive gears?

I've had to tear down my Canon A490 pretty much to individual pieces, in order to get a whole load of sand out of the works. In the process, I've probably washed off most of the grease that was in the ...
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I can't buy a streak filter where I live. How do go about making myself one for my DSLR?

Generally used to achieve the anamorphic 'streak' effect.
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What visible-blocking filter to use for XSI IR conversion?

I have converted a XT at home with excellent results. I now wish to convert a XSi and I am having trouble locating a visibe blocking filter except for the Life Pixel filter. Their filter price is out ...
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How can I make my own film scanner using a DSLR camera?

How can I make my own film scanner (35mm) using a 16MP DSLR camera? For using the camera, I understand that I basically need a soft and even light source and a macro lens to focus on the films from ...
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I would like to bare open my Canon D-SLR. Which tools should I buy and use in order to get the best results?

By best results, I mean, not damaging the tiny screws or any other fragile part of the camera. I would like to be able to open it, and then close it again.
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Focus ring stuck on Canon 17-85mm lens

I have a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens on which the focus ring is stuck/jammed. Is this something I could easily repair myself? If so, are there any detailed instructions on-line on how to ...
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Have I broken my Canon 28-135mm lens after DIY repair?

Last week I removed the front element from my Canon 28 - 135mm lens to remove a grain of sand from the lens. It was easy to remove the 4 screws, take of the top layer of glass and remove the grain. I ...
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What would be a good indoor setup to find a lens's sharpest aperture?

I read the whole of How do you find out the "sweet spot" of a lens? — great question and answer, but it didn't discuss a potential homemade rig for finding the sharpness aperture of my ...
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How can I create a DIY ND400 filter?

I would rather not buy a $100 ND400 filter that I may or may not use multiple times. To get a taste for the options, I want to see if it is possible to create one inexpensively. I am not looking for ...
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How would i go about re-covering a Hasselblad?

I have just bought a Hasselblad (500EL) medium format camera for a play with, and it's in quite "used" condition. Some of the leather covering is starting to show its age (peeling/shrinking) so I ...
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Powering a Nikon SB-28 or Cobra flash with an external (not portable) power supply for studio use.

I often have to use my cobra flash indoor, as a studio flash, but I always have batteries problems : not enough charged batteries, no new batteries for backup, battery charge too low after some ...
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Can I develop Kodak Ektachrome 160 film myself, and if so, how?

I have three (3) Kodak Ektachrome 160 Super 8 (process EM-26, Type G) cartridges that are undeveloped. How difficult would it be for a complete amateur to develop these? If it is not very ...