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Pentax DA L 55-300mm lens very soft--is it broken?

There seems to be a problem with my DA L 55-300mm lens, with very soft output at or near the telephoto end: Wide-open test shot Pentax K-5 with Pentax DA L 55-300mm @ 300mm. Av, 1/320s f/5.8 ISO ...
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Can lens stacking cause sensor damage?

Can damage be caused to a camera's imaging sensor (any size) simply by reversing, or stacking, lenses? Would stacking lenses cause a concentration of light to strike the sensor and perhaps damage ...
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Is it dangerous to do a lens change with power on?

I have just accidentally changed my lens over with the power on. In the manual it lists this as something you shouldn't do as a 'caution' . Can this cause damage? If so, what and how will I tell? (I ...
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For the same number of shots, does continuous shooting wear out a shutter or other mechanical parts faster than single shots?

Does continuous shooting subject a shutter or other mechanical parts to more wear and tear than single shooting, assuming the same number of shots are taken? In other words, does firing x shots at 4 ...
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Bright dots on all images [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my camera showing a lot of stuck red and white pixels? Recently I noticed that on every picture I take, there are some tiny (close to pixel size) bright dots ...
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Can hot days damage your camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What will happen to a camera if it is taken to an environment beyond its operating temperature? I have a canon t3i and I am curious to know just how much heat they can ...
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Can taking photo of the moon and/or stars at night cause damage to the camera sensor?

We know that taking photo of the sun can cause some degree of damage to the camera and our eyes. So, are there any damage to the camera (point and shoot / DSLR) when taking photo of the moon and/or ...
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What would cause a Pentax SDM lens to stop autofocusing, and what can I do?

I've read many reports that the SDM autofocus motor in some Pentax lenses may stop working after several months or years of use. Why does this happen, and is there anything I can do to prevent ...
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How strong is the tripod mount on the bottom of a DSLR?

I'm looking at getting a sling-style strap for my camera (Canon 60D) but the one thing I keep wondering is if the tripod mount is strong enough to "hang" the camera from. I've seen some discussions ...
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Why do I sometimes get a shaking viewfinder image in my Canon 550D?

Sometimes I put my viewfinder to my eye before I turn on my camera. When I turn it on, the viewfinder image slightly shakes and moves a bit vertically. This also happens when I look through my ...
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Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?

This is a burst sequence taken with a Canon 1D Mark II N in high-speed mode (8fps). You can see the bright line down the center and the dark area in the upper-right. I have several other sequences ...
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How to Prevent Static Buildup

A question was asked on what would happen to a camera if stored in a low humidity environment. mattdm's answer was: In a word, static. Digital cameras are electronic devices, and they also ...
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What will happen to a camera if the relative humidity drops to less than 35%?

What will happen to a camera that is stored in an environment with a very low relative humidity? Will the camera crack, or what will happen? Will it be the same for DSLRs, non-weatherproof point ...
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Does a digital camera lose its abilities in taking photos if it is left without use or used too often?

One of my friends mention to me that a digital camera (especially of the Superzoom type) will lose its abilities in taking photos (as compared when it was first brought) if it is left without use for ...
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How to smoke test basic functionality of a D90 during buying

I think, many beginners want to buy his/her first digital camera. Can them follow some check list to understand that the product is working and working well, has not physical damages, dust and so on. ...
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How can I easily tell if a sensor or lens is damaged?

I am pretty interested in recognizing any damage to digital camera in very low level (without any advanced tests). For example, how can I identify the damage of a sensor or lens? If there are any ...
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Is it worth getting third-party warranties on lenses?

I've just taken the plunge & ordered a refurbished Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 lens. Refurbished & on sale, it's still expensive -- about as much as my T1i + other lenses put together! I think my ...
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Using carbon-fiber tripods in cold weather: safe temperatures, precautions, and effects of failure

I'm considering buying Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon-fiber tripod legs with a Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head, but I've read that carbon fiber can break at low temperatures. (Note that the 055CXPRO3 uses ...
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Is it safe to carry around a tripod with a DSLR attached to the head?

Let's assume I'm coordinated enough not to hit anyone or anything with the tripod. I'm concerned about the DSLR/plate/head interface. Assuming everything is properly attached and tightened, can I ...
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How to use a tripod on the beach without damaging it?

The site already has a good example of what to consider in regards to camera and lenses around sand, but I specifically am wondering what considerations to make when using a tripod near sand. Many ...
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Is there any damage that a lens can have that is unrepairable?

Just wondering after I dropped my lens and had it repaired is there any specific kind of damage that would ruin a lens to the point where you'd be better just buying another used one. I'm ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the ...
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Could a filter damage the curved front element of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM?

I just got the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and I really want to put a UV filter on the lens to protect the front element, but I feel uneasy screwing one on because of the curved front element. I ...
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Could an old Nikkor-P lens damage a DSLR?

Someone was interested in buying my D3000 body (I had upgraded and want to keep the lenses). He had a very old Nikkor-P lens, which seemed to fit onto my camera alright. But the LCD screen said "lens ...
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Are these ghost light spots and vertical grain indication that my scratched polarizer is ruined?

Earlier, I unfortunately dropped my polarizer. There doesn't seem to be any damage save for a light scratch which I've uncovered only after a very thorough inspection. Nonetheless, I'm worried that ...
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Will long exposure night shots damage my camera?

I've been looking into long exposure photography for star tracking. How does it negatively (if at all) affect your camera?
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What to do about mold/fungus in a camera lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it? I am living in a tropical country where humidity is pretty high. I never thought it would be possible that ...
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Do sensors wear out?

We all know that shutters wear out and they have a limited number of actuation's. The question I have is, do sensors wear out too? Do they suffer any kind of damage after each shot? Should I be ...
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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How safe is CHDK?

I've played with time-lapse photography using my father in law's Canon Rebel, using a USB cable, gphoto2 and an Ubuntu laptop. I want to create similar videos using my own A590 IS, but it cannot be ...
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Are burn marks on a flash unit window normal?

My flash unit has been accumulating small burn marks on its window. Is this normal wear and tear or equipment damage?
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Is exposing my DSLR to a very intense source of direct light bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions? Can a laser pointer damage the sensor in a digital camera? I'm wondering (mainly out of curiosity) if it ...
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How do I dry water condensation off my camera?

OK, I did something very very stupid. I know it. I just wasn't thinking. :( In a nutshell, I didn't follow the advice here: How do I prevent condensation on a lens when outdoors? So it's a very hot ...
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Is it normal for there to be tiny dust particles in a new lens?

I'm the owner of a new Canon 550D with a Canon 18-135mm IS lens. While looking into the lens, I noticed what I think are two tiny dust particles (I would say smaller than 1mm) behind the first glass ...
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What can damage a lens?

I just bought a Canon dSLR camera with an 18-135mm IS lens. I really want to take care of it, as I paid extra for this "better" lens, so can the lens get, in some way, damaged if you drop it, say 5 ...
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What are the options for a damaged zoom lens?

I have had a Nikkor 18-55mm lens for about 3 years. I just realized that my lens only zooms upto 45mm and then gets stuck. This was my first SLR lens, and I did not pay attention to the zoom range ...
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Should I be concerned about sensor heat and the development of hot pixels?

Since I shoot a lot of pictures in Live View mode and from time to time I do some short movies, I've developed a paranoid sensation that I'm going to burn the sensor. I'm aware that live view mode ...
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How can I photograph welding?

My partner is creating a sculptural work using MIG welding and has asked me to document the process. I have a few questions regarding how to photograph it? Looking at the arc can damage your ...
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Can I damage an IS lens by moving it too quickly?

The other day, I was using my Canon 500D with the EF-S 55-250 IS lens. A couple of times after focusing I tried to recompose the picture, and noticed the image in the view finder suddenly shifted. ...
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Do cameras turn off their sensors when entering the menu?

Let me clarify this: In movie mode (or live view), the sensor is gathering light all the time, and due to this the heat starts to build up. This is a problem in certain situations, due to the heat ...
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Could my lens be damaged after being used as burning glass?

During a nice nature trip, sitting at a table with a bottle of wine, somehow we had the ridiculous idea to test a lens as burning glass (which performed quite well). After we went home I started ...
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Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?

I've discovered spots on the image sensor of my DSLR camera that cannot be cleaned using a blower bulb, so I would like to know the risk of problems, such as further image deterioration or damage to ...
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Can a camera or lens get burn in?

I took a picture of the sun today, and I was thinking about how the sun can damage your eye, I was wondering if the camera or lens could get damaged by this, or get burn in like some screens do?
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Can't auto-focus at full zoom

I have a Canon 1000d, and the standard lens EF-S 18-55mm. Recently I was out taking photos and I've noticed that if I zoom in fully, the lens can't auto focus. I can still take shots using manual ...
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What is the effect of a scratched lens?

I have a lens with a small but significant looking scratch near the center. But I don't see any difference in the photos. Where does the imperfection show up? How important is it to get the piece of ...
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Are airport x-ray scanners safe for DSLRs / lenses / storage media?

While traveling by air here in India, one is instructed to remove all electronics like cell phones / media players / laptops and pass them thru the X-ray scanners separate from the rest of one's hand ...
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Is it sensor damage? Or dust?

I have been trying to shoot partial solar eclipse today with my Nikon D3100, and later noticed this spot on images: http://pix.academ.org/img/2011/01/04/70baea815d1557594f096a82ab05704f.png I do not ...
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Rescuing prints stuck to glass

I have a print which has stuck to the the glass in its frame. I tried to pull it off, resulting in some small tears before we stopped. How can I remove it without damaging it further? Unfortunately, ...
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Will too much time-lapse photography reduce a DSLR's life, or cause any other damage?

I own a Canon 550D, and I'm planning to do some time-lapse experiments this weekend just for fun. Will it cause any damage or reduce my DSLR's lifetime if I do too much of it?
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Can a hard impact foul up a lens' focus?

Recently, a camera with lens attached got knocked off a chair and hit the floor (not my gear, fortunately!). Following that, the lens would not focus properly, either with manual focus or auto. The ...