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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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How to prevent a stuck shutter on my t5i

I just had my shutter stick open, I was able to get it working again but how do I prevent it from happening in the future. I was shooting with a 70-300mm lens on a 10 second exposure. As an ...
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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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If a rolling shutter travels from top to bottom, why does this image seem to show skew in the other direction?

In the picture below you can see that the rolling shutter moves downwards...i.e., it exposes the light to the sensor from top to bottom. . So the information that the sensor recieves is a bit ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

I really take good care of my gear and want it to last as long as possible in optimal condition. So I wonder if silent shooting affects the life expectancy of a camera. Would I do the camera a favor ...
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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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Life expectancy of an electronic shutter

I just came into concerning about the shutter life of a DSLR. The two curtains gradually wear and tear along with a number of up down movements, right? But, what about a non-mechanical shutter, ...
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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 do I have to press the shutter button twice to take a photo with my Canon DSLR?

I have a problem with my DSLR, a Canon 70D. When I push the shutter button to take a photo, I need to push it once more to take a single shot. The AF mode is not on self-timer. What could be wrong?
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Hacking a DSLR shutter (Nikon D800)

I work in an optics lab, where we need to block and unblock lasers rapidly. For this we currently use custom built shutters with razor blades that move ~1mm. These are annoying to build and tricky to ...
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How do I fix my Panasonic DMC-FZ35 from releasing the shutter on a half-press?

I have an older Panasonic Lumix (DMC FZ35) that has worked well for 7 years. Today I found that every time I half-pressed the shutter button to focus, it took the picture without letting me compose or ...
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Why does using the viewfinder on my Nikon D3200 prevent autofocus from locking and the shutter from releasing?

I just bought the camera less than a week ago and I was happy with it until things went wrong. I woke up one morning to take photos and noticed that when I pressed the shutter button, it didn't ...
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What is a leaf shutter?

Recently I saw an advert for the phase-one medium format camera system, in which they mentioned that it could sync to flash at any speed, because it had a "leaf shutter" What exactly is a leaf ...
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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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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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Was there a film camera that was silent?

With digital cameras, when there is no mirror, an electronic shutter can be used to more or less eliminate any moving mechanical parts. That way, a camera makes little or no noise, making it useful ...
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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

Here are some common shutter speeds you will find on most DSLR cameras: 1⁄15, 1⁄30, 1⁄60, 1⁄125, 1⁄250, 1⁄500, 1⁄1000, 1⁄2000, 1⁄4000 As you move from left to right, or as you increase the shutter ...
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What is a rolling shutter? When do I have to be aware of it?

In answer to another question, Adam Davis writes: Your camera complicates this by using a rolling shutter above a given speed (usually around 1/200. This means that only a portion of the ...
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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 can I use a remote shutter release during IR photography with a D3s without leaking into the image?

I'm using a D3s for infrared photography. I'm trying to use a shutter remote to take the images, but the remote's IR-emitting LED/photodiode is emitting enough light to leak into my image on the ...
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Ernemann Film K shutter mechanism

I'm not sure that I'm in the right place for this, but I got myself a 'Ernemann Film K' box-camera recently, and I'm quite sure there's a spring missing for the M12.5 setting, but I can't find any ...
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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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Why are there no full-frame lenses with leaf shutters?

I see that many medium format lenses are made with leaf shutters, which allow much faster flash syncing speeds, so why doesn't anyone put them in FF lenses?
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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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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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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

Why is it more effective to use "a slit travelling from top to bottom of the sensor" in faster shutter speeds, rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly? And the slit thing only comes in fast ...
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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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Acquisition in live view, Nikon D3s

I want to acquire consecutive images saying in 1/100 s exposure time in live view mode, i.e. keeping the shutter up the whole time and take e.g. 200 images without closing the shutter in meantime. 1. ...
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Nikon D3S - Controlling CMOS image acquisition time [closed]

Is there a way to achieve the following sequence? open the shutter, wait until it is fully settled in open position, clear the CMOS sensor (remove accumulated charge), start collecting photons, ...
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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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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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How do I activate the shutter on a Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar for Linhof?

I can not get the shutter of the Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar to open. I tried to explain what I know in this picutre: Anyone any idea? I'm afraid I don't have a manual for the lens and ...
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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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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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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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How does shutter work when shooting videos? [closed]

I am a little confused about the concept of shutter speed in video shooting mode. I assume that the "shutter speed" means how fast the shutter would open and close. When this happens, I would hear a ...
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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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ANDCamera problem: brightness malfunctioning [duplicate]

I am a newbie photographer and had a question that has been plaguing me for some time now. My NIKON D3100 camera's brightness meter (the lines that change on manual mode when one adjusts shutter ...
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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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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 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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How can an electronic shutter reduce dynamic range?

I read a recent review of a camera which can use either its mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter. The review mentions a problem they noticed with the mechanical shutter, and then notes that the ...
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Why is there a mechanical shutter in a digital camera?

I understand that in a camera the diameter of shutter opening — the aperture — controls how much light comes in, and this affects the resulting exposure. But I don't understand why, in a digital ...
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What's the point of a shutter when the sensor is clearly working all the time to provide live view?

Something I don't understand about compact digital cameras is how their shutters work. On the screen at the back of the camera, a preview is constantly shown. I assume this preview is made by light ...
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Why does the mirror open and close for every photo in burst mode?

When shooting using burst mode on a dslr, why does the mirror moves up and down for every photo that is being taken? Wouldn't it be better if the mirror only opens once and the shutter moves for every ...
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Why don't people care any more about shutter speed accuracy?

With most old (film) cameras people were concerned about shutter speed accuracy at all speeds even if it was an electronic shutter. Nowadays, people seem not to be concerned with this when buying ...
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Why does my shutter sound slower in Q (quiet) mode on Nikon?

When I put my camera (d610) in Quiet mode my ears play a trick on me I think. The shutter sounds so much slower when in Q than in regular Single or Continuous. Everything is still the same correct? Or ...
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Black bar covering bottom half of images, with or without flash

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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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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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 ...