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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 ...
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Why are the rings on my Sigma 28-80mm lens stuck?

I use a Sigma 28-80mm on a Canon Rebel EOS. Neither the zoom nor the focus rings will turn. Is there something that I could diagnose the problem? Can I fix this myself or will I have to send it in for ...
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How can I fix a Olympus Pen Lite where the EPL5 shutter seems to be locking?

I just bought an Olympus Pen Lite - EPL5 and am having an issue with the manual shutter speed setting (S on the analog control). Each time I shoot a picture the screen goes black and it sounds like ...
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Servicing a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929 - how to open the lens assembly?

I recently acquired a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929. It works but there's a dead insect into the lens assembly (between the glasses) and some fungus/dust. I'm trying to open it to remove the insect and ...
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I dropped my P&S, can I fix the zoom by myself?

I dropped my P&S, and now the zoom barrel is like this: It's out of warranty, what's the best way to fix it? Take it apart? Hit the barrel with something? Push it?
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Filtered water soaked Leica D-Lux 4 repair?

Apologies if this question doesn't fit here (suggested by a moderator) While on vacation in Las Vegas, the wife decided to pour a bottle of filtered water into her purse and coincidentally, all over ...
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Can I repair a cracked internal flash in a Nikon D7000?

During our latest holidays unfortunately we dropped our d7000 and the internal flash broke (the plastic and the bulb are both cracked). Is this something I could replace myself? If so, where can I ...
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Canon G11 Lens problems

My wife has a Canon G11 purchased in April 2010. This was purchased through a legitimate B&M store for ~700. It has recently developed a spot on the Lens/sensor (it comes into focus when zoomed ...
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What grease to use on zoom drive gears?

I've had to tear down my Canon A490 pretty much to individual pieces, in order to get a whole load of sand out of the works. In the process, I've probably washed off most of the grease that was in the ...
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How to open the broken battery slot of my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, and the battery slot is the one in the following picture. Unfortunately, someone borrowed it from me, and the broken slot is now broken in a strange way: it is ...
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How many moving elements in a Canon A490?

I got mugged a few days ago, but got my camera back in the end. Bonus: I got some sand too. I now have the camera in pieces, cleaning them as I go along, and the lens barrel extends and retracts ...
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How can I fix a sticky polarizing filter?

I took a gamble and bought a used B+W Circular Polarizer off eBay. The filter looks great but the adjusting ring is a little bit sticky. Is there some way to lubricate this?
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Broken Canon 28 -135 mm lens

I have a 28 - 135 mm Ultrasonic; the mechanism for the auto focus has failed, and there is some plastic bouncing around inside. Is it worth repairing this lens? Second question, assuming I don't get ...
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I would like to bare open my Canon D-SLR. Which tools should I buy and use in order to get the best results?

By best results, I mean, not damaging the tiny screws or any other fragile part of the camera. I would like to be able to open it, and then close it again.
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My 4x5's Rangefinder image is shifted horizontally

I have a Busch-Pressman Model D 4x5 camera (1940's I think) with a synchronized Meyer-Opticraft Rangefinder. I have been trying to fine tune the rangefinder in order to make it useable, but there is ...
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Focus ring stuck on Canon 17-85mm lens

I have a Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens on which the focus ring is stuck/jammed. Is this something I could easily repair myself? If so, are there any detailed instructions on-line on how to ...
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Have I broken my Canon 28-135mm lens after DIY repair?

Last week I removed the front element from my Canon 28 - 135mm lens to remove a grain of sand from the lens. It was easy to remove the 4 screws, take of the top layer of glass and remove the grain. I ...
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How would i go about re-covering a Hasselblad?

I have just bought a Hasselblad (500EL) medium format camera for a play with, and it's in quite "used" condition. Some of the leather covering is starting to show its age (peeling/shrinking) so I ...
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Where do I find replacement parts for Agfa Billy Record cameras, from the 30s and 40s?

I have an Agfa Billy Record 4.5 folding camera, which I believe to be from late 30s, and woulk like recommendations on the best online place to find replacement parts. Would anyone be able to help me? ...
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Best place/price to get my Nikon D80 serviced?

I have had my D80 for 4 years now, and it has been working perfectly. I haven't used it for the past 2 months, and when I took it out last week I found out that it is broken. The LCD flashes "Err" ...
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Digital Camera Screen Is All White - Pictures Taken Are Also All White

I have a Cannon Powershot SX20 - it was working fine one day and then the next the LCD screen and image displayed in the view finder were pure white. I can navigate the menus without any trouble and ...
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Where is the best place to get my beloved Rollei serviced?

My father gave me a old MF Rollei a few years ago. I've taken it everywhere I travel and gotten some great shots out of it. I know film is much more expensive and quickly going out of "style" as the ...
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Would you try to repair this equipment?

I finished importing photos into Adobe Lightroom and have these counts for three items that are not working 100% anymore. All three are out of warranty. Canon EOS REBEL T1i - 49,794 photos Tamron ...
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Casio Exilim EX-Z85 camera broken flash

Hello I have Casio Exilim EX-Z85 with broken flash lamp, does anyboy know what is the lamp size? I want to replace this lamp, I found few on the web: http://goo.gl/SUPvR (link to google translate ...
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How to fix inoperative autofocus in Canon 70-200 F4 L USM?

This lens has been sitting on the shelf for years and I recently hauled out my DSLR to play with it. Turns out the autofocus no longer works. I'm wondering if there's any kind of remedy for this short ...
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Maintaining and repairing Yongnuo vs Canon speedlites

This is somewhat a multi-part question, mostly related to my split-decision on weather to buy a YN560-II (or a several of them) for much less money than buying Canon alternatives (one Canon 580EX II ...
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How do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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Rubber is peeling off my Canon 60D grip; what glue should I use to fix it?

I take good care of my camera but a while back I started noticing that the rubber on the grip and all the other rubber parts that are made of a similar material are starting to peel off. It's starting ...
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How to do DIY repair of rubber grips on Nikon cameras?

The rubber grip is peeling away from my D700, just near the autofocus mode selection switch. That whole (tiny) section of the grib is pretty much coming away. How can I do a DIY repair? What ...
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Where can I get replacement parts for Canon cameras?

My son accidentally cracked a glass on the back of the camera. It is not an LCD itself, but rather a protective cover over the LCD. I took the camera to photo store and they said they can order the ...
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What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus?

I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX I bought for my Nikon D5100, it's only a couple months old, never been dropped or anything, and it all of a sudden won't auto focus. Anyone know if this is a simple ...
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Will a firmware update/change erase Canon's service center lens calibration settings?

Since it's pretty cheap in Korea, I sent all my prime lenses and my new Canon 60D to be calibrated at the local Canon service center so they can be "matched" to the body. If I install a newer updated ...
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What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
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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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How to elimitate light leakage in my Zenit-B SLR?

This question is related to Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR? I found that the problem is in the shutter. When it is cocked left shutter blind looks like that ...
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What should I do about Nikon D90 intermittent shutter release failure?

Over the last few months, I have noticed a problem with the shutter release on my D90. Most of the time, the shutter release works ok. But sometimes, both half-press and full-press fail to work. ...
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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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What do I do with a cracked screen?

I just cracked the screen on my out-of-warranty Canon EOS T2i. It just happened to fall right onto a corner of the foot of a table. The glass cover for the screen is smashed, but the LCD is still ...
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Can I replace or repair the rubber wrapper for ease of holding my Rebel T2i?

I just got my Rebel T2i in the last two or three months, and since I haven't bought a camera bag yet, I just take my camera in my backpack with my notebook and other accessories. I don't know how ...
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How do I fix a lens with a problem returning to autofocus mode?

I bought a Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens for my Canon 350D. It works mostly fine, except after switching from AF to MF, I can't return to AF mode. After I switch MF->AF, the lens doesn't ...
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How do I repair a detached SB600 flash head tilt/rotate lock-release button?

The rubber cover that I press to tilt/rotate the head of my SB-600 flash has come off after years of abuse, and it looks like the original adhesive has dried out. Can anyone recommend some ...
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How do I diagnose possible damage to my D70 sensor after an attempted IR conversion?

I tried to convert my Nikon D70 into IR, and after replacing the filter and reassembling the camera, I am unable to take any new pictures. I am able to see pictures that were previously present on the ...
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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 do I clean the lens on my Sony P200?

My P200 has a mark on one of the inner lenses. An example of the smudge marks is here (above the green house). The smudge appears in every photo in the same spot. I did some stuff on my own, but the ...