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How do I repair stripped threads of a tripod mount?

The tripod mount of my Canon 1Ds has been worn out and I need to repair it. I've been searching the Internet and found this method involving using a Helicoil Eco kit. It seems like a sensible (both ...
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What is the MECHA DEVICE SERVICE in the Sony Alpha 7

It just came back from the repair with a listing that this part was changed out A1976128A. Any idea what it is? I'm guessing it's the sensor, but it's weirdly named.. nothing else comes up on google.
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What to do when autofocus on Canon 85mm f/1.8 not working?

My Canon 85mm's AF isn't working. But here's the thing, it recognizes there's a lens mounted, it gives focus confirmation, and I can even set the aperture, but it does NOT recognize that it's an AF ...
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Tamron 90mm SP Macro manual focus locks

I've been shooting film on a Canon AE-1 Program with a Tamron 90mm Macro SP lens. Until recently, the lens worked perfectly, but all of a sudden it won't focus farther than 10ft. To my knowledge it ...
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Where to fix Canon lens, other than Canon

I have a 70-200 2.8L II lens that was broken on a photoshoot (dropped 1 ft). The glass is intact (thank you, UV filter) but there is some issue inside the lens where the images aren't focused and the ...
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Help is needed in Fixing Canon lenses USM's focus motor [duplicate]

I have the Canon EF lens, but the USM motor looks dead. I need help in order to get it fixed so I can use this lens again. Unfortunately a "focus by wire" system is used in this lens and I have no ...
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How long should Olympus EP-5 warranty repair take?

My EP-5 (purchased July 2013 in the US) developed a problem where it occasionally would not turn on. I brought it back to the photography store I purchased it from and they sent it to Olympus for ...
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Repair corrupt photos recovered from a flash memory card [closed]

I recovered few pics from my flash memory card of class 10. Now these photos are not opening in any photo viewer. Images are of RAW and JPG format. When click on image it says "Invalid Image" How do I ...
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IS auto-shutdown causes SLR to stop detecting lens - Canon 70-200 2.8L IS MK I

I've tested this on my 6D and my friends' 60D. Use case: [Only occurs in Video mode] 1) Activate the IS function during Video mode. Does not have to be recording (but is reproducible in the same ...
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Does a large black area in live view mean my camera is terminally broken?

I bought a new Nikon D3300, and used it twice to test taking photos. After a week, I opened my camera again to take photos, but the live view display was half black and half normal; the black isn't ...
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Can lens coating be reapplied?

If the lens coating is torn or worn of by extended use, is it possible to reapply it? I don't mean a do it yourself repair, but rather a repair performed by the manufacturer. It also may very well not ...
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Are the focusing screens of the Canon 7D, 70D and 5D mark III really not replaceable by the user?

I've accidentally scratched the focusing screen of my 70D a bit (it does not seem to affect the focusing at all) and intend to replace it in around 6 months or so when a bit more dust has gathered ...
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Very dark violet on black - what kind of damage is that?

Recently mother obtained a second-hand off-brand compact camera about which the seller didn't know pretty much anything. Surprise-surprise, the camera is broken. Everything works, except the preview ...
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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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What might make focus points blurred/gone from viewfinder on Canon T2i after cleaning?

The red lights are all but lost in my T2i now....barely a haze of a blur. The focus points work fine, and I get the audible beep, but I have to check my focus point on the back before shooting and I'm ...
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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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JPG Images recovered immediatelly after deleting from SSD, but 95% of files can't be opened

So I have Windows 8. I SHIFT+ENTER accidentally deleted all pictures instead of half. I used global purpose "File Scavenger 3.2" program, which was always working perfect for last 5 years to restore ...
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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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How can I get my Canon camera or body replaced warranty for battery drain, when Canon says it is fine?

My 5DMIII is draining battery when turned off. It does not happen all the time, it's pretty random. When it happens (with battery grip), the batteries can last one day or a few weeks, again, seems ...
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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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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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How do I fix a stuck Rolleiflex Tessar 3.5 shutter?

I have owned this Rolleiflex for six years. Used it a lot in Switzerland to shoot film, all good. Then moved to Singapore (constantly moist) and after a year without shooting I decided to try again, ...
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What is causing this one line on all my photos from Nikon D3100?

Whenever I take a picture with my dslr, there is a strange line that shows up on the left of the picture all the time. Can this be fixed my myself, or do I have to send this one in?
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Canon camera DIY repair

I have a digital rebel XT, an 18-55mm, and 75-300mm lens, all by Canon. Everything has saltwater damage. I'm aware that it's cheaper to just replace it all, but I was fiddling around with it, testing ...
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Can I fix a point and shoot camera where the lens makes a grinding sound on startup?

My Canon sx110 IS makes a slight grinding sound when I start it up (which means lens comes forward). Also, the picture quality hasn't bee very sharp of late . Can anyone advise if this needs a lens ...
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What is broken on my Canon 450D? Edit: Missing focusing screen and submirror: fixable?

I recently aquired a used Canon 450D, which the previous owner said was broken. I'm new to photography and SLRs so please excuse some of the ignorance following. After digging a bit around the last ...
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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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Wrong screwdriver broke Canon 70-200mm small screw. Any way of unscrewing it?

As shown above, I cannot unscrew anymore the screw of a Canon 70-200mm... : What tool, technique, could help me get it out ? (before I start drilling into it...) Where can I buy brand new screws ...
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Can I repair minor abrasions on my Canon 14mm F2.8 USM front lens element?

My Canon 14mm 2.8 front lens, after a few years of use, has slight marks of abrasion. Very slight bruises. Is is technically possible to recoat this lens to render its original finish? (I discovered ...
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How to repair when a DSLR was infected by computer worm or virus?

It happened to me just now. I thought at first it was my SD Card that was infected, so, I scanned it and even reformatted it, then it was okay. But when I inserted it to my DSLR, and took some ...
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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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UV to kill fungus

Are UVA leds effective to kill fungus or is sunlight better (it contains UVA and UVB)? What is the recommended power? Related: Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?
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How to recover data from a damaged/chewed up SD card?

In short, my new puppy chewed up my SD card. I took the card out of the camera after a shoot to back it up onto an external hard drive. I then decided to grab a glass of water. As I was filling up the ...
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Can you remove scratches from a lens with peanut butter?

An article appeared on Apartment Therapy that claimed that a scratched camera lens can be repaired using peanut butter and/or toothpaste. This strikes me as a horrible idea that could make a bad ...
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Could a damaged sensor cause stripes on the image?

Today I discovered that my camera has started to save pictures like this: But, when I use the camera viewfinder, everything looks fine, both via LCD and via the EVF. I thought it could be the SD ...
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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 is the DIY repair potential of a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro (non HSM) lens?

Summary: Can anyone provide useful experience based comment on the potential for or cost of repair of the "zoom bearing" mechanism in this lens specifically or with lenses liable to be similar? My ...
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Where can I get Olympus C-8080 Replacement Parts?

I've had my trusty Olympus C-8080 for some time now, and its still a great camera. But it has been "archived" and is no longer in productions as far as the camera or the parts go. I am no photography ...
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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 to fix a zoom lens that is sticky at a particular focal length?

I have the Canon 18-55mm lens. When I zoom out from 55mm to 18mm, the lens works fine until 22mm, where it seems to be stuck and you must then use a bit more force. I saw in many sites that this is ...
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How do I fix a Nikon D5000 pop-up flash which won't stay down?

My Nikon D5000 had an accident and the camera flash now doesn't lock properly and instead it keeps popping up. Do you know how to fix this, have any hints on what to look for or if there's any place ...
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How do I resolve shutter release button problems with a Nikon D5000?

I have a Nikon D5000. I have had it for about 3 years or so. Of late I am having problems with the shutter release button (have to really push it down hard) before it takes a shot. Then on other ...
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What to do when manual focus doesn't work on a Nikon DX lens after DIY repair?

I have a Nikon 55-200mm DX auto focus lens. I recently repaired the bayonet mount myself - all went well. But when I went to use the manual focus option on the lens, the focus ring remained locked, as ...
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How to loosen a Canon 75-300 lens (zoom ring is quite stiff to turn)

My new Canon EF 75-300mm telephoto lens and the zoom ring is quite stiff. Is the lens faulty or is there a way to loosen it up?
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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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How to fix a dropped Nikon D5100 - black screen, will not take pictures?

My wife dropped our D5100 and now the camera will not take pictures and has a black screen. How do you fix this issue?
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Canon 1Ds Mk II's scratched Low Pass filter. Now what?

Besides our workhorses (Canon 5D3 and 60D), we have an old camera - Canon 1Ds Mk II which has its OLPF scratched. That is, the camera works (ok, more or less because the signs of time are present on ...
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Is my Canon speedlite really dead?

My Canon 550ex wouldn't switch on yesterday. Completely dead. Changed the batteries (twice). Still nothing, no indication of life. It was fine last time I used it about a week ago. Is there anything ...