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The mirror is a part in a SLR that diverts light into the viewfinder or other sensors.

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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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What is the best approch to photographing a mirror or other highly reflective surface?

I have been asked by a client to take some product photographs of some vintage mirrors that they would like to sell and I am struggling with getting good clear shots of the mirrors. As such, what is ...
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Why are compressed-gas dusters not recommended on the mirror of an SLR camera?

Every compressed-gas duster (including Dust Destroyer and Dust-Off brands) contains, among others, the following warning: Never use on camera mirrors. What is the potential risk here? I've used ...
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Why do cameras have mirror system?

I know the differences between a rangefinder and a SLR/DSLR but what is the real reason to put a mirror in front of a lens to reflect light into the viewfinder? It raises lens prooduction price when ...
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Why does my sensor require frequent cleaning?

I have a Nikon D300 and in the past couple years I've found that it seems to require sensor cleaning very frequently, something like once a week or more. I've been dry cleaning with a combination of ...
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How does the mirror in a DSLR operate?

I am attempting to understand mirrorless cameras and I have read these two questions and answers: What are the techincal advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless? Are DSLRs a dying breed, making ...
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Pros and cons of using mirror lock-up?

I read that it is a good idea to use mirror lock up to avoid camera shake. What are to disadvantages of using mirror lock up? I enjoy street photography, using a Nikon 28-70 mm lens and where ...
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What does the mirror do when shooting in Nikon Live View tripod mode?

When shooting with Nikon's Live View in tripod mode, the camera uses contrast detection to focus. It does this by using the sensor, which it would seem would raise the mirror similar to mirror lock ...
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How can I fix a broken SLR Mirror?

I have an Olympus OM-1 which I've been using as a backup camera for my film Canon Rebel. However, when the mirror trap became stuck "up" in the Olympus, I tried gingerly to pull the trap back down. It ...
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Does the Sony A77 have a shutter?

I bought the new Sony A77 last month and I am interested to learn about how its translucent mirror technology works but couldn't find enough information on it. My question is: does it have a shutter? ...
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Too loud shutter sound/mirror slap on Canon 1100D, is it just me?

My Canon 1100D is loudest of the all DSLRs in my friends group. I want to know if this is a problem with my camera or all 1100Ds are like this. I have tested it as following: Tried different ...
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Unable to use mirror up mode and wireless remote on a D7000

I am trying to use the mirror up mode on my D7000 with a wireless remote but I can't get it to work no matter what. Has anyone used the remote and the mirror up mode successfully: if so can you tell ...
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Why is the Canon Digital Rebel XT so loud?

I have recently upgraded from a Canon Digital Rebel XT to a Canon 50d. I am extremely surprised by how loud my XT's mirror now seems in comparison. I'm pretty sure that it's not just that the 50d is ...
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Why does the D3100 mirror flip in live view?

Reading around everywhere, some people say the D3100 flips the mirror down and up before opening the shutter again when using live-view, and other people says it doesn't (which would be preferable as ...
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AF mirror not flipping on Canon 350D

My Canon 350D is no longer raising the AF mirror when it takes a photo. Instead, it looks like this when the mirror flips up. This results in a photo that is half black due to the sensor being ...
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What happens when a Sony SLT camera is operated with mirror up?

What happens if you attempt to operate a Sony SLT (pellicle mirror) camera with the mirror up? Does the camera detect this condition? Will the camera shoot? What happens to autofocus--can the ...
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I've got a D3100 and the mirror broke!! What to do?

I have a D3100 and the view finder mirror broke. I just don't know how!! It's in warranty but can I get a replacement?... My father doesn't know yet.. guys please reply fast
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Using schlieren photography to visualize sound propagation

I'm a photography hobbyist. Quite a newbie so far! I've come across the method of schlieren photography some time ago. As for my hobbies, I am mainly interested in sound and acoustics. I am currently ...
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Why does Nikon D90 makes strange sound and shifts Mirror in Viewfinded Eyepiece after Shutter-release button is pressed

Recently I have noticed that my Nikon D90 makes a strange sound and sort of shifts mirror up if you look at the viewfinder eyepiece after you release the shutter-release button. If you try to shoot ...