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Is it safe to zoom while taking a photo for the effect?

I have clicked some photos by using the trick of zooming in and zooming out with the lens while the shutter is open. All the photos came pretty cool and crazy. I am very happy with the effect, but I ...
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What causes the focus confirmation lights to blur?

I recently saw that the red lights on some of the focus points are blurred. The lights in this picture are lights shown during the selection of focus points. As you can see the lights in the lower ...
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How do I avoid torn sprocket holes with bulk loaded film?

I've started to use bulk load film (Ultrafine 400) and I've noticed that after I've developed it the sprocket holes are torn and twisted. Any ideas or suggestions as to why this happens? I don't know ...
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What are these blue/purple spots visible underneath the front element of my lens?

I just saw these blue/purple spots underneath my lens (attached here). This is a Nikon D90 which has the Nikkor 18-105 mm lens mounted on it. I haven't used it for maybe 2 months now, and I kept it ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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is there a quick fix to a broken shutter?

I was cleaning my camera sensor with Q-tips because the dust on my sensor couldn't be removed with air. While cleaning it, the camera turned off and the shutter closed. I was startled and take my ...
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Nikon 18-55 mm Lens Focus Wheel Jammed

I accidentally dropped my Nikon D3200 with a 18-55 mm lens about a foot onto a hard carpet. It originally looked ok, however I soon realised it wasn't focusing. I saw that the focus wheel was jammed ...
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How do I know if a tiny lens crack is a manufacturer fault?

1I bought the Canon zoom STM lens recently, and used it a couple of times indoors and just yesterday took it outside. Then I noticed a little dot , or what it seems like dust (the actual size might be ...
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Can vibration damage my camera?

Sometimes I run/hike with my dog. I was planning to take my camera with me, however I'm afraid that running with a DSLR camera can damage it. Is it true? Are there any steps I could take to ensure my ...
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What effect does a bright light have on a DSLR? [duplicate]

What effect do bright lights have on DSLRs? For example, would shining a flashlight into the lens have any effect? The flashlight I am currently using is 300 lumens.
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I scratched the glass on my Canon 550D's optical viewfinder — what can I do about it?

There were some speck of dust that appeared on the optical viewfinder when i look through it.. i tried using a blower but it didnt work and I may have introduced a scratch to it. Is there a way that I ...
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D5200 LCD monitor failure

The monitor on my D5200 has suddenly stopped working. There is power to the camera and I can still shoot via the viewfinder but can't do anything with the monitor. Any ideas what could cause this and ...
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I dropped my camera and it won't turn on and the lens won't mount [closed]

I dropped my camera when it was turned on. Now it keeps saying lens error and it won't shut down. How do I fix it?
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How safe is it to photograph sunset or sunrise? [duplicate]

I took the following photographs of sunset at beach. I know that photographing sun could damage the camera or even eyes, but the intensity of the sun light at the time I captured it was so weak that I ...
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How to clean a studio light bulb?

Touching the studio light bulb is not recommended, because the oil which remains on its surface may damage it at high temperatures. If the light bulb was in contact with skin, how should it be ...
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Lens cap alternative to Canon cap which won't risk damaging my filter?

I am using a 10-22mm lens with a variety of filters. I have been using the Canon lens cap which came with the lens over the top of the filters. I tend to handle my gear a tad roughly when I am out and ...
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Could a drop at the height of 50cm damage my Nikon D3100?

My Nikon D3100 as well as its 18-55mm kitlens and a sigma 70-300mm zoomlens was accidentally dropped on the ground while in a camera bag, by someone who did not know it was a camera and mistook it for ...
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Can I get a damaged Canon 70-300mm repaired more cheaply?

I have a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, due to my own rushing, it fell off the camera to the gravel below. I took it in for an estimate and I was told the "guides" are shot (thus the barrel sags ...
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Why do my camera shots have a dark area at the top?

Until a couple of days ago, there was no problem, but now my images have a dark band at the top of them. What could be the reason? See an example below Is there anything I can do, or does the camera ...
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Can removing the lens while pressing the DoF preview button damage the equipment?

I know there's hardly any risk to your equipment when dismounting the lens while the camera is on, but can you damage it if you dismount the lens while the aperture is closed down? With the Canon EOS ...
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I accidentally refrigerated my lens for a month. Should I be worried?

When preparing for a hike, I ended up putting my whole backpack in the fridge to cool the water in the Camelbak inside of it. The hike was canceled, and I'm the kind of guy that doesn't really care ...
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dropped a new fuji x100s [duplicate]

I just got a new fuji x100s and dropped it on the sidewalk from pocket height (3 feet). It has some scratches on bottom corners, but appears to be working ok. Is it possible that some internal ...
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Can a Canon 100-400 EF lens with damaged AF be repaired?

Canon 100-400 EF lens Autofocus is damaged due to shake during travel. I can focus Manually, but Auto Focus makes some noise and doesn't focus. I guess, the motor is not functioning. Can this lens ...
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Will any of these actions damage a tripod?

Which of the following may damage a tripod, or reduce its life? Leaving it in its extended position for a few days, with up to a 4kg binoculars mounted, and the center column extended. If this is ...
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Can long/heavy lenses deform the lens mount?

I recently got a Tamron 150-600mm lens, which gets to ~33cm (13') long and weighs about 2 kg (4.3 lb). When shooting hand-held with the lens, I obviously always support the lens with my hand. When ...
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Old photos (plusmin 25) years seem to be glued together: a solution?

I started looking at some very old family albums lately. In some of them there was no plastic-ish foil in between pages, so that photos of adjacent pages were touching eachother, front end of one ...
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I dropped my Nikon 18-55 lens — can I fix it? [duplicate]

The camera fell on the floor and now I can't turn it to 18mm, its stuck on 55mm and only moves 1/2 inch when I try to turn it. Anyway I can fix it?
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What are the possible causes for a camera not saving images with a new lens?

I've just received a new used lens (75-300 Canon) for my 1100D, but putting it on the camera and trying to shoot: it doesn't save anything the screen remains black the led remains switched on points ...
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Can gripping a lens too hard cause softness/aberration or other damage?

I have a Nikon D80 kit lens with a circular screw-on polariser filter. In order to remove the filter I might have to grip the lens quite hard, and the end of the lens might be moved about in the ...
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How long is too long to leave the shutter open before prolonged exposure to light damages the sensor?

I'm about to start exploring the world of long exposure shots, using my Canon EOS M. The camera has a standard max exposure time of 30 seconds, but in bulb mode I can keep the shutter open ...
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Will I damage the command dial on my D5200 if I rotate it quickly?

In a Youtube video on the D5200 I saw that the guys handling the camera rotated the command dial very fast. I used to rotate the dial one jump at a time fearing that otherwise I would damage the ...
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Will the vibrations of a motorcycle be harmful to a DSLR?

I am considering a Canon 70D for motorcycle touring. Considering the vibrations that a motorcycle will put the camera through, is this a good choice? Are the vibrations a legitimate concern?
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Are there any accessories that can protect my camera from high voltage flash guns?

I use some older flashes that have a lot higher trigger voltages and may damage my newer cameras if used in the hot shoe mount. Therefore as a precaution I use the PC sync with them instead and mount ...
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How can I easily tell if a cellphone camera sensor or lens is damaged?

How can I easily tell if a cellphone sensor or lens is damaged?
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Why is my P&S camera producing photos with a wrong exposure and a screen-like striping?

I got a Canon Powershot A430 at a thrift store and it worked fine for a few months. But after messing around with the colour highlight/switch settings, my pictures started coming out black embossed ...
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My EFS 17-85 lens doesn't focus or click a picture

I have a Canon EOS 400D with a EFS 17-85 mm lens. The camera doesn't capture a picture with this lens attached. It focusses back and forth exactly once per click. I tried with different modes and its ...
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Will it harm my DSLR if I keep it on for a period of several years?

If I want to take one picture every 30 minutes (and don't get a live view from camera), can I keep my DSLR camera on during the day for two or three years? I use an adapter instead of the camera's ...
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How best to repair water damage

I have some irritating behaviour on my Sony NEX5. It was unfortunately a bit water damaged, but through days of meticulous drying it seems to be behaving itself a little better. However, now it's ...
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Nikon D5100 not getting battery power after being dropped?

My Nikon D5100 hit the pavement when the strap broke. Since then, I have no power. A local camera shop agreed there was no battery power and suggested a new battery. After charging the new one, I ...
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How do I photograph the sunset without damaging my camera?

This applies to the Sony NEX-5R, and the iPhone 5S. I want to shoot a timelapse of the sunset. The Sony manual says not to point it at the sun. Other questions on photo.SE agree with that advice, but ...
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Camera or lens damage after dropping my Canon 7D?

I dropped my Canon 7D. Now I can't take a photo without zooming the lens, and all the photos have dark edges on top left corner. Is there a way to determine what's been damaged, and how can I fix ...
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Is this fungus or dust on my lens?

I've a D5100 for around a year with 18-55mm kit lens and recently bought a 55-200mm lens. For around 1 month I saw a starry shape in the front glass of the lens. After searching on Google I came to ...
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How to clean a multi-coated filter and not damage it?

I have recently purchased a Hoya ND400 multi-coated filter and took it out for some shooting. I accidentally got a fingerprint on it and decided to clean it with my microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, ...
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Dark spots - sensor toast?

I can't seem to get rid of some very annoying dark spots that are very noticeable under certain lighting conditions. I've taken a test shot of my monitor showing a white background and amped up the ...
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How do old lenses get dented just on the filter ring?

I often see old Nikkor lenses for sale that have one deformation on the lens barrel, at the level of the filter. The focusing barrel is intact, the rest of the lens is in good condition, the glass is ...
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Why does oil leak from the aperture ring of old lenses?

I'm assuming that the oil was there initially to lubricate the aperture blades, but why does it leak out?
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Why would a Nikon lens be missing its rubberized focus ring?

So, I was browsing eBay for Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lenses and I came across this listing. The remarkable thing is the neat absence of the focusing ring, but otherwise pristine appearance of the lens. I was ...
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What sort of damage in a camera can cause these photos?

I've a Sony DSC-F828. Every time I use the camera, I get the following problem after several shots. I get either: A striped image which is overexposed even if I use a very short exposure time (ref. ...
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How can I test whether my camera is working after it was dropped?

Issue : How can I evaluate my cameras performance synthetically? Scenario : Bought a Nikon D3100 an year back. Photos looked good enough. The camera fell, zoom lens effected. But works. Cleaned lens ...
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Will a laser beam damage a non operational CCD?

I am looking for an answer to this question all over the net and can't find any answers. It is clear that a strong laser beam will damage CCD while it is in use(filming), but what about if the camera ...