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A shutter is a device that allows light to pass for a determined period of time, for the purpose of exposing photographic film or a light-sensitive electronic sensor to light to capture a permanent image of a scene.

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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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How to tell if a Nikon D7000 is new or not

I hoped that I could depend on the Exif shutter count for D7000, but Nikon support website explained that shutter count is not trustworthy since it may reset by service centers for different reasons ...
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Suggestion for books tracing the evolution of photographic equipment [closed]

Could you please suggest a book that Tracks the evolution of photo equipment from inception to modern times Has diagrams and cutaways of equipment and mechanisms, including shutter and aperture ...
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Nikon D80 shutter problem

Recently I've experienced a problem with my D80. I press the trigger and the shutter does not activate. When I half-press the trigger, the camera seems to auto-focus and auto-expose correctly, and ...
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How to set continuous shooting on Canon 60D while using Canon remote RC-6?

I am interested in photographing some star trails and have read many articles that say that I should use continuous shooting mode instead of Bulb mode. I tried this last night with my RC-6 Canon ...
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Where can I find a video clip of a mechanical FP shutter in operation?

I am about to give a presentation on the basics of exposure for the newcomers in our photo club. When talking about the shutter, I'd like to show the actual operation of the mechanism. There are a few ...
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What should I expect in maintenance costs after shutter failure for a DSLR?

I know that the shutter could fail on one of my first images, or it could keep going strong hundreds of thousands more, and that a typical Nikon shutter replacement runs anywhere from $250-400 USD. ...
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Do DSLRs allow use of electronic shutter for photography for stop-motion?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR soon for doing frame-by-frame paper, stop-motion animation video work. I do not want to have to keep fixing a mechanical shutter for my DSLR, which I hear is a ...
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What is “Dragging the Shutter”?

Ive heard this term of "dragging the shutter" and was wondering what it means and why would i use it Can anyone answer this?
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Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations?

Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations? I heard this before and I just see it now here, but that doesn't sound right, does it? I mean in live view the shutter should remain open all ...
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Do focal plane shutters typically go left-right or up-down?

In modern cameras with focal-plane shutters is there a custom as to which direction they move – whether horizontally and vertically – and on which side they start? To the extent there is ...
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Are the black blobs on these pictures indicative of shutter failure?

Are the black blobs on these pictures indicative of shutter failure on my Canon 5D (mark I)? They started to show suddenly, ie. I saw nothing resembling that before on my pictures and starting from ...
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How do I set my Canon 5D Mark ll shutter release back to operating with one click?

A guide set my Canon 5D Mark ll to require 2 clicks before the shutter releases so it wouldn't shake while shutter open. How do I get it back to 1 click?
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How do I troubleshoot the “Error, press shutter release button again” message on my Nikon?

The LCD on my Nikon D3000 is displaying the following error message: Error. Press shutter release button again. I have pressed the shutter release button but the camera still does not work.
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How is the number of stops of benefit provided by VR determined?

I hear people talking about vibration reduction giving you extra 'stops' on a lens, thus giving you extra shutter speed to play with. How do people work this out into an amount of stops? E.g. by ...
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Nikon D5100 shutter button not working

I'm having problems with my Nikon D5100, generally when I first pick it up it will work fine for 3, maybe 4, shots then the button just stops working, I press it but nothing happens. If I change to ...
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What are the advantages of a soft shutter release button?

One of the more "exotic" accessory third-party suppliers offer for e.g. Fuji cameras are soft shutter release buttons. What is the advantage of having one of these? It sounds to me like the "softness" ...
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Nikon P7800: Why is that different apertures result in different shortest shutter speeds?

While testing my new Nikon P7800 i came across the fact, that it cannot shoot at 1/4000 s through its entire aperture range, which is f2 - f8 @ 24mm (full frame equivalent). At f2 i can only go down ...
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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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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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CCD sensors use a digital shutter. Why don't the more expensive CMOS sensors?

This answer mentions that CMOS sensors "cannot" use digital shutters where as CCD sensors can. Even if some models have the ability to, it is certainly typically for CMOS sensors to use mechanical ...
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Problems with shutter speeds in landscape orientation with Canon New F-1

I use a Canon New F-1 and as long as I use it in portrait orientation all of the shutter speeds are working correctly. However, as soon as I rotate the camera to landscape orientation it behaves just ...
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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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How to change Shutter Speed and Aperture on Canon T2i?

I have a Canon T2i and I am having a hard time figuring out how to change the shutter speed and aperture. I have tried reading the manual but it seems to be a little unclear. Can someone please point ...
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Can trap focusing damage the shutter release system?

Trap focusing requires the photographer keep the shutter pressed (point#6 below) until the object appears at the point where camera is pre-focusing. Set custom setting #A5 to AF-ON ONLY Set ...
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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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What is shutter lag?

Is shutter lag the delay caused by the mirror in a DSLR camera or is it something more than this? From what I know, shutter lag is the delay caused by the mirror, whereas autofocus lag is the delay ...
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Is there a resource showing Mechanical vs. Non-Mechanical shutter cameras?

I am looking for digital cameras to use for a webcam project. After learning first-hand about shutter-actuation limits I am now looking for some sort of reference that shows what cameras have ...
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Does the Pentax K1000 have a sensor for a remote shutter release?

I have a self-portrait assignment for photography class, but the Pentax k1000 that I'm shooting with doesn't have a self timer. I have a shutter release remote that I use for my other film cameras, ...
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Camera won't shoot in Program mode?

We just got a new Nikon D7100 at work and are having an odd problem. Occasionally the shutter will not release when we try to take a picture. It appears to do this when there's not enough contrastn ...
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Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low

I've had my Nikon D3100 camera for about 3 years. I recently accidentally reset my shooting options. Since I've done that, I'm having a hard time getting the camera to focus and take photos in lower ...
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Does the Fujifilm X100 have a limited number of shutter actuations, similar to focal-plane shutters?

I'm trying to find out the expected shutter life of the Fujifilm X100. I've not been able to find any consistent specifications, apart from having a possibly-electronic leaf shutter. Has it got an ...
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Is shutter lag a one-off loss?

I would like to confirm if the shutter lag is a loss that is only suffered for the first frame in Burst-mode. Is this correct? I had the impression it was an indication of how slow the the shutter ...
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Electronic shutter in timelapse video in Nikon D3300

I have searched there is no time lapse video option in Nikon D3300 and I found that we can take time lapse photo using intervalometer. However, with the intervalometer the photos are taken using ...
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Autofocus problem on new Nikon D5300

I have a new Nikon D5300. It takes approximately 3 seconds between pressing the shutter release button halfway and getting autofocus. I get an autofocus to beep almost immediately and the green ...
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Why will my shutter not work with a bayonet mount lens and pop-up flash being used?

This was working fine yesterday. I have an older bayonet mount lens on Nikon D90 and am using a pop-up flash in commander mode. I turned on the camera today and no shutter when pop-up is ON. I turned ...
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How do you know if the shutter button is misfunctioning?

I have a Panasonic GH3. It is very difficult to partially press the shutter button to focus as it often takes a picture at the slightest pressure. I thought this was my inexperience, but a couple of ...
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Do these colored streaks mean that my CF card is bad?

I have been shooting with the same Nikon d700 for about three years (about 200k clicks). I started seeing a streak run across one out of every 250 images (example here: http://wp.me/aRb6L-1lT). So, I ...
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what does shutter “off” do? [closed]

When shooting video what is actually happening when the shutter is "off"? I know that it reduces strobe effect, but I'm not sure what is actually happening or how a camera can operate without a ...
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Can I fix my Nikon FE's issue of auto firing after advancing (bottom curtain doesn't come up)?

Video description of the problem: https://youtu.be/DdRkNx93_rc Without pressing the shutter release button, the camera auto fires. The bottom curtain doesn't come up at all. Mirror is locked up too. ...
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Why my Canon T3i shutter won't release when activated [closed]

I have used my t3i twice now. Today it took one picture, then my shutter froze it will activate but won't release how do I fix this? I have tried switch shutter speed on manually I have tried two ...
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Why is aperture built into the lens and not the camera? [duplicate]

Maybe this is physically impossible, but I'm curious why cameras have been designed where the aperture is controlled in the lens rather than in the camera like the shutter. Wouldn't building this in ...
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How to find shutter count in my Canon 1100D?

I have Canon 1100D camera used for some time. Can anyone please tell me how do I check shutter count? I tried googling it. Installed some softwares but none gives the shutter count.
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Are there downsides to using a high shutter speed when it's not required?

Is there any detrimental effects to using a high shutter speed for let's say a still picture, provided there is abundance of light. Does it produce better pictures or makes them worse?
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In what way does shutter speed affect a photo?

Is there a rule like "the lower the speed the better quality?" I tried taking at different speeds but couldn't understand the difference.
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How do I find a semi-professional camera able to open the shutter for long exposure (night shots)?

How can I find which semi-professional camera has the resource to open the shutter for long exposure, with the purpose to take night shots?
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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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What does “pop & drag” mean in low light photography?

I came cross this term "Pop & Drag" being used in low light setting. What does that mean? Is it the same as term as "dragging the shutter"? Can anyone please show some examples of "Pop & ...
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Can I take the 4 second photo delay off my Canon 600D?

I'm very new to photography so this is probably going to be a dumb question, but I'm interested in taking photos of the surf in my local area and the waves. I've got a Canon 600D, and when I click the ...
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How can I get good motion shots (long exposure) of the sea in daylight?

I have tried using my Nikon D5200 in aperture mode with a standard 50mm F1.8 lens at F16 with 2 filters, a Hoya circular Polariser + a ND4. I just can't get the shutter speed slow enough in fairly ...