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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 properly reattach the Nikon D5100's internal display cable?

I have recently repaired my d5100, and on putting the back on I was not happy with the way that the 40 pin connector for the display went back, (it didn't feel right). I now have no display but, ...
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Is there any risk in removing shims from my Nikon macro lens to make the focus ring easier to turn?

The focus ring/barrel on my Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro lens is extremely tight and difficult to turn. There appear to be several shims between the lens barrel and the focus ring. Is this normal? Any ...
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Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm focus stops at 0.9m, can't set it to 0.5m

I have a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm and I have a problem with the focus ring. It goes fine from infinity to about 0.9m,then it just stops there and I can't go down to 0.5m no matter how much I turn ...
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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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Dropped my Nikon D5100, and the image sensor seems to be out of place. What do I do?

After class, as I was grabbing my backpack from the table, my camera (Nikon D5100) dropped to the floor from the desk. I picked it up, and it looked okay. It still takes pictures. but when you look ...
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

It's not a problem to me, but I was just wondering is it meant to be there or is it manufacturing error?
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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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Why do I get the “Change the battery pack” message on startup (Canon ELPH 300 HS)?

I have a Canon ELPH 300 HS, which turns off immediately (or within 10 seconds, it varies) after being turned on. The battery is fully charged and not at fault, as it was subsequently used in an ELPH ...
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How can I fix the flash in a Nikon D80 camera?

How do I remove and replace the built-in flash in a Nikon D80?
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Can a service repair replace a cracked display on an Olympus SZ-31MR?

Earlier today my Olympus SZ-31MR fell out of my shirt pocket onto the table, rolling a few times. It was turned off at the time. After examination, I noticed that now it has a thin crack on the back ...
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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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Nikon D600 has not enough power to drive AF 80-200/2.8

I gambled and bought Nikkor 80-200/2.8D from ebay (in good working condition) to use as portrait lens and for some slow-action shooting (not for sports) for less than 200USD. Of course, "Seller does ...
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How can I fix a Nikon DX 18-135mm with an aperture stuck open?

I am currently on a trip and I brought an 18-135mm lens and a 35mm prime as my two lenses for the trip. When I took my zoom out of my backpack off the plane and put it on my camera, I immediately ...
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The frame counter of my Nikon FA (analog) is broken. How to activate the light measurement regardless?

For some reason the counter doesn't go forward anymore, but, the film is rolling, and the film is being exposed, but the LCD constantly shows the "C250" message, which indicates that it's firing the ...
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How can I fix my samsung wb 750 that I dropped on the pavement?

I dropped my samsung wb 750 on pavement. When I turn it on now the lens zooms to the farthest length and comes back in. I tried using a hair dryer to blow sand particles out but it doesn't work. I ...
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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 does “MECHA DEVICE SERVICE” mean in a Sony repair listing?

My Sony A7 just came back from the repair with a listing that this part was changed out: A1976128A — described as "MECHA DEVICE SERVICE". Any idea what it is? I'm guessing it's the sensor, but it's ...
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Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 4.5-5.6 D : says “Lens not attached” on my Nikon D5100!

I have D5100 and borrowed a Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 4.5-5.6 D lens from my friend. But after mounting it on my D5100 it says "lens not attached", even though the aperture is set to smallest ...
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50mm stuck on the body

I have the Canon 600D and the "nifty fifty" 50mm f/1.8 that cost around 100$. One day when I was trying to switch lenses, I pressed on the lens release button, started twisting the 50mm, and around ...
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Can I fix inaccurate (sticky!) shutter speed on Canon FTb?

I had a Canon FTb come in today and decided to test it out. When firing off a some shots, I felt the faster shutter speeds were accurate; however, I noticed that anything 1/4s or slower was ...
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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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Sony Cybershot LCD screen replacement, inverted colors

I bought a new LCD screen to replace the damaged one on my Sony Cybershot WX70 camera. After installing the screen and switching the camera back on, the colors on the display appear inverted. ...
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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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Trying to fix flash from the 70's/80's AGFATRONIC 200B

The flash doesn't recharge so I'm trying to open the device but I lack the tools. Can anyone identify the tool needed to open the device?
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How can I fix my Canon rebel XT?

My camera Canon Rebel XT has suddenly gone of order in the sense that: When I turn my camera ON and take a pic, I cannot take a second picture. I have to turn it OFF and back ON again to be able to ...
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Too heavy a lens? [duplicate]

Silly question. I have a Nikon D5100, that unfortunately just needed to go in for service. I am trying to make sure I don't do whatever I did again. I just got a new 500mm lens, it is quite heavy. Is ...
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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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Diagnose a damaged lens from focus test results

I have a lens that gives perfectly decent results at f/22 and f/32. Here's its capture of an ISO 12233 test chart: It's not the sharpest lens I own, but whaddaya want, it's a quarter century old ...
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Are Nikon focus screens cross compatible?

I was cleaning the mirror on my D3200 today and in the process somehow scratched the exposed side of the focus screen. Oops. Now instead of dust specks I have these gently curving permanent streaks on ...
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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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Nikon Lens - Stopping down causes over exposure in Aperture Priority mode

I just got a used Nikon 300mm f/4 AF (the older, non-AF-S version), and unmounted, when set to f/4, the aperture blades are still slightly visible (you can push the aperture lever on the lens a bit to ...
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Can I fix a M42 50mm lens myself?

I've been using the Pentacon 50mm f1.8 with pleasure on my Canon 550D with the help of a M42 to EOS adapter. Some weeks ago however the lens housing got damaged in my luggage such that turning the ...
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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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Is there a viable way to touch up the paint on an old camera body?

I'm using an old Canon New F-1 body. Its finish is completely black, but along the edges the paint has worn away. Is there a viable way to touch up the camera and get the nice black surface back ...
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How to Bond Leg that I Broke of my Mini-Tripod?

I have mini-tripod and today while opening, broke one of it's 3 legs forgetting about it's maximum 45-degree deployment corner: I wanted to know if it's possible to bond broken part back and just ...
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Why does my Nikon D70 reject memory card after infrared conversion? [closed]

I tried to convert my Nikon D70 into an IR-camera myself. I followed carefully step by step the tutorials on the internet (youtube and others) and when I tried my camera it didn't quite work. I can ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Missing Grommet on lens that secures lens cover

I have a Canon Power Shot SX500 IS with a Canon Zoom Lens 30 x IS. The grommet located in the inside lip at end of the lens fell out and was lost. It secures the lens cover when in use. Where can I ...
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My laptop doesn't show Sd card, the camera says that it needs to be formated [closed]

I have a problem with my SD card, a week ago I replaced my SP Silicon power 16GB 10th generation card with another card, when I put it beck into the camera, it said that card needs to be reformatted, ...
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Is there a quick fix for a DSLR which was dropped 3 feet and now won't turn on?

I just got back to the US after a trip to Mexico. I took wonderful pictures while traveling. However, when I got home, my camera didn't work. When I turn on the camera, the the only feedback I get is ...
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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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repair corrupt cr2 (raw) withouth jpeg prview

I would really need a way to repair a bunch of cr2 files. The problem is that I'm even able to recover the jpeg preview from the files since I only see a black thumbnail. The files were shot on a ...
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Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM (SAL1855) lens broken

I have a Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM (part no. SAL1855) lens that has taken a knock and the zoom ring is now stuck fast at 55mm and the focus ring doesn't want to pull all the way in. Are there any guides ...