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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 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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Can low tempertures permanently decrease the life of a camera battery?

I did lots of searching on this topic, but I'm still confused. I understand because of the chemical reaction in low temperature, it discharges very quickly. But, if you take your camera to a place ...
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Lens with small scratches on the front element - how do they affect IQ?

I am looking to buy a CANON 28mm 1.8 EF lens. I found an offer, significantly discounted, of a lens with small scratches on the front element. The offer is very tempting. Here is a photo posted by ...
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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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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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Can a laser pointer damage the sensor in a digital camera?

I once experimented with standing in a dark room and directing a laser pointer towards my digital camera with a long shutter speed while moving the two about. I made a few images that way; one was ...
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Will a camera that's repaired after seawater damage be as good as it was before?

I was using a Canon 1100D aka Rebel T3 for a quite long time. When I was taking some shots near the sea, my camera sank into the sea water, which caused motherboard damage and lens aperture damage. ...
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Should I remove the lens hood from lenses that I put in my bag?

Is it ok to always have the lens hood mounted on a lens, even when carrying a camera in a bag or is it in any way dangerous? Can I have the lens hood mounted all the time or should I put it on only ...
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What is the best way to care for batteries?

To best maintain the functioning of the standard, rechargeable Lithium ion batteries in modern cameras, should the battery be used until the camera shuts down? Some types of batteries have memory ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I damage the focus system by turning the focus ring when the lens isn't mounted?

I have a couple lenses that don't have an internal focusing system, and whenever I want to put them back in my bag, I turn the focus ring to make the lens shorter. I noticed that when the lens is set ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to proceed with a Nikon DSLR show “press shutter release button again” after a drop?

After a photo-shoot, I kept my Nikon D5100 inside its cover and at the top of closet. Unfortunately it has fallen down. The height was about 7' (about 2 meters). I didn't hear any breaking sound as ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...