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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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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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Canon 1000D shutter stuck. How to fix?

As you can see on the picture the shutter is stuck. What now? It is a pricey service job or this happens a lot and there is a know fix out there that I do not find on Google? I already tried that ...
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How to put back shutter button from a Nikon coolpix P520

Hi my shutter button fell off with a hit, I still have it doesn't seem to have any missing part but just can't put it back, asked in a camera digictal repair place of an estimation to fix it and they ...
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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 ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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Is Magic Lantern giving incorrect shutter counts on my Canon 500D?

I bought a new camera (500D) and have had it for about 4 days. I have installed the latest version of Magic Lantern on it to get a little boost, but when I got into shutter count it gives me 14k ...
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Why does my Nikon FE occasionally fire at ¹⁄₉₀th regardless of setting?

My Nikon FE has this annoying fault where the shutter occasionally fires at ¹⁄₉₀th of a second regardless of setting. I don't have enough money for a new FE (I'm 14) and I was wondering what could be ...
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When does the camera use the mechanical shutter and when does it use the electronic shutter?

I notice that Nikon P510 is having a 'Electronically controlled mechanical and CMOS electronic' shutter. So, I was wondering when will the camera use the mechanical shutter and when will it use the ...
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shutter speed on auto focus [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D3000 and all of a sudden the shutter is to slow when it is set on Auto. The images are slightly out of focus as I am mainly taking pictures of people and they are moving. Anyone have ...
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Not able to get the Shutter Actuations/Count for my Nikon D5300

I recently purchased Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm lens. Just love the image quality this camera produces. I want to know my shutter actuations for which I downloaded Opanda IExif 2.3 software but when I ...
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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 can I force my D5100's shutter to stay open?

I have a Nikon D5100 and a MC-DC2 remote. I'd like to use the remote to hold the shutter open until I release the button, however I don't see an option for this. Is this something that I can do?
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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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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

I'm a bit of a newbie with my Nikon D5200. I see the longest the shutter can stay open for is 30 sec on this camera. How do I get it to stay open for longer? Do I need a remote?
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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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What's the use of a very fast shutter speed, faster than 1/4000?

I am planning to buy a new DSLR and am comparing two models. One of them has a fastest shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀₀₀th of a second while other has a limit of ¹⁄₈₀₀₀th. I know that a fast shutter speed will ...
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Nikon D5100: “Error, press shutter release button again” [duplicate]

When I turn on my Nikon D5100 camera it says "Error. Press shutter release button again." I keep pressing the shutter button but nothing is working.
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Black bar covering my image

I use a Nikon D610 and whenever I take a picture, I get a black bar at the bottom covering half of the photo. How do I fix this? Is my shutter speed off? It isn't very fast, but no matter what I do I ...
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How do I troubleshoot the “Error, press shutter release button again” message on my Nikon D3000?

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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Why shutter is not closed by-default on mirrorless cameras as it's closed on film ones?

As I change lenses often I get a few specs of dust from time to time on my sensor and then it just struck me that if you just close shutter when camera is turned off then you could overcame this ...
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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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What's the difference between Canon's silent and non-silent shooting?

I'm using a Canon 5D MkIII and I've been exceptionally pleased with the results of the 'new' single/continuous silent shooting functionality. I'd like to know what the difference between silent and ...
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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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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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Nikon D40 and yongnuo yn-560 ii external flash. Slow shutter speed issues

I bought a new flash last week and started using it with my Nikon D40 yesterday. The flash is the yongnuo yn-560 ii. I had a tough time to photoshoot. I was indoors and shooting on A mode. Many ...
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What camera defect would cause a shot to be exposed on one half of the frame and not the other?

I've posted before about my crazy old Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera that I got recently. After a brief episode with lens repair, I've gotten a few rolls developed, and some of the shots didn't come ...
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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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Why there is no full-frame lenses with leaf shutter?

I see that many medium format lenses are made with leaf shutter, which allow much faster flash syncing speeds, so why no one puts them in FF lenses then?
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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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Why aren't DSLR silent shooting modes enabled by default?

Regarding Canon's silent shooting mode: I have not experienced it personally but people say it is really great for certain situations like weddings, and places where the noise of your camera mirror ...
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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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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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Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter?

Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter? Is it technically possible? Surely this would allow easier syncing with flashes (rather than the usual 1/200s or 1/250s max). I could even ...
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Why is an electronic shutter not common in most SLR even though is so practical? [duplicate]

Many point and shoot cameras have an electronic shutter. I only know of one good reason to have the electronic shutter: No flash synch speeds limitations; And that reason by itself i would think ...
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What is the difference in purpose between a focal plane shutter and a leaf shutter on a camera?

I inherited my Grandfather's beautiful Graflex Crown Graphic which he used for his entire career as a portrait photographer. (It's the picture on my avatar if you want to see it.) Doing research on ...
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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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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 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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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 anything be done to reduce the shutter sound on my SLR?

I know there's lots of talk around here about 'noise' levels in photographs, but what about the actual sound that the shutter makes on an SLR? Is there anyway to silence it a bit, or is it just a ...
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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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What factors prevent camera sync speeds from being faster?

This came up tangentially in another question. A camera's sync speed is the fastest shutter speed for which the first shutter fully opens before the second shutter begins to close. This is important ...
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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 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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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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minimum shutter speed for point and shoot camera [duplicate]

i m planing to buy a point and shoot digital camera, there are two options in nikon, i like both the cams but i am confused in one matter. the details are as follows. nikon cool pix l820 - max ...
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Disadvantages of electronic first curtain shutter?

There is a setting in menu of my camera wether to use or not to use electronic first curtain shutter. So far I know that using electronic first curtain reduces shutter lag and the noise my camera ...
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Do modern DSLRs use a rolling or global shutter?

I recently learned about these technologies and the differences between them. Which one of these do modern DSLR cameras (esp. Canon and Nikon models) come with?
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How can I keep the shutter open until I release with the Panasonic GH3 remote?

I've figured out how to use my new remote shutter release with my new Panasonic GH3 when using a fixed shutter setting, but I don't know how to use it so that the shutter stays open until I take my ...
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Does the Sony A77 have a shutter?

I bought the new Sony A77 last month and I am interested to learn about how its translucent mirror technology works but couldn't find enough information on it. My question is: does it have a shutter? ...