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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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Mamiya TLR- removing shutter from mounting plate

I've recently got an old Mamiya C3 TLR, but the aperture lever has broken. The lever (like most leaf shutters) connects to the shutter near the mounting plate. How do I remove the shutter mechanism/ ...
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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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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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How can I replace this clear plastic rectangle from inside of my DSLR piece?

While cleaning my camera, this piece was scratched. What is its name? and is it possible to replace it?
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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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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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Time needed to full self-discharge of speedlight capacitor

I need to repair the Nikon's SB-600 speedlight. As I need to access to only the bottom part of the speedlight I skipped the danger of electric shock. However when I tried to disconnect one of the ...
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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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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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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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How to clean a lens cover?

I own an all-in-one camera: a Canon Powershot A710. I'm not aware what happened exactly, but now the automatic cover (the thing that opens when you turn on the camera and the lens pops out) is sticky ...
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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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Does the manufacturer reset the metadata shutter count when replacing the shutter?

I've read about this across different forums but have not found a satisfying answer. Does the manufacturer (Canon in particular) reset the metadata shutter count when replacing a shutter?
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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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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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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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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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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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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?