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Stands for "Do it yourself", and refers to the creating or improvising equipment out of materials on hand, as opposed to purchasing a pre-made product.

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How can I disassemble a Computar M8513 lens?

How can I disassemble a Computar M8513 lens? It is a C-mount lens with a focal length of 8.5 and f1:1.3, it has manual focus and manual aperture. The aperture/iris can be opened/closed rotating the ...
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Why won’t the aperture adjust on my Sony A camera? [closed]

I recently bought a telezoom objective without built-in AF. I did not bother because my camera has an AF which could handle the focus on such lenses. I always had used lenses with built-in AF so I did ...
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What Canon RF lenses have non-moving lens attachment points? (Heavy lens attachment)

I built a lens attachment for a project I have been working on on and off for the past few years. I have been shooting with the RP through an EF 28 f1.8. this lens works because the threaded lens ...
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How does an afocal lens produce an image on a screen?

I'm really confused about it. If such a lens is necessarily focused at infinity and does not have a plan of focus, then, does it mean it can produce a clear picture on a screen, no matter how close it ...
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Recreate this lens specification

So my Samsung note 10 details say this about their telephoto lens 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom. I tried using it to see through my peephole which has ...
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What shutter can fit a lens element with large glass?

I am building a camera using a very large front glass element for the lens (diameter is 70mm). At first, I thought I should try to find a shutter that is 70mm in diameter as well, one that can ...
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konica hexar upgrade

I found this lovely old konica hexar in a drawer. It's already a pretty cool camera, but I found out it can be even cooler. The later versions have some extra features and konica used to offer a ...
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DIY Visible light blocking filter (IR passing filter)

Which one is a better option (to block more visible light and to block less IR light), floppy disk or developed unexposed photographic film?
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Calculating Lens Hood Dimensions

How can I calculate for a given lens, where in the periphery a theoretical lens hood would become visible? This seems dependent on the size of the front element, focal length, and possibly other ...
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Equipment question - what in a lens name denotes when the filter mount moves during focusing?

Details: Canon RP I built a somewhat heavy lens attachment that mounts to the filter ring. This is fine with my old 85mm f1.8 as the filter ring is directly on the lens body. I recently got a 35mm f1....
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Can a LCD projector imprint an image onto a light-sensitive paper?

I am trying to develop an experiment in which I would expose a fast-framed video (almost timelapse-y) to a light-sensitive paper for a short amount of time as in the same process used to make ...
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Canon 18-55mm lens giving err01 after it fell down

Sometime back I accidentally dropped my canon EFS 18-55mm lens (open caps); I cleaned the contact areas and any kind of dirt I could see on it. After that it was a bit jittery whenever I zoomed, but ...
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What DIY methods exist to trigger a Lumix G3 without touching the camera?

I have a Panasconic Lumix DMC-G3 with a 175 mm lens which I need to trigger without touching the camera to reduce camera shake1. I know of the following ways to take a photo without touching the ...
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How to make photographic film at home

I am working on building my own camera. For the first part I made a simple lens design and crafted the lenses out of acrylic glass. My lens is a rough 100mm lens with 3 elements and I used a 3d ...
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How can I control the aperture of a Nikon G lens when using extension tubes? [duplicate]

Due to corona lockdown, I'd like to try macro photography. I have two lenses (18–55 and 35 f/1.8) and a Nikon D5300. As I currently do not have the money to buy a real macro lens, I found 3 cheaper ...
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Will a small format lens focus correctly in a large format camera?

I hope to make a low budget 8x10 large format camera. Lenses are expensive. So will a small format lens focus on the relatively distant image plane within an 8x10? I have just bought a Soviet large ...
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Where can I get repair-part signal pins for a Nikon Nikkor AF-P lens?

When attempting to replace a bayonet mount on my AF-P 70-300mm Nikkor lens, I inadvertently lost one of the 8 signal pins (CPU contact).Is there any source where I can just get a signal pin (or a set ...
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Achieving more granular control of indoor lighting with minimal equipment

I suppose I could go the route of getting dedicated light stands and umbrellas, but my productions are just for personal amusement, and I'd rather not over do it. Nonetheless, I'm confronted with a ...
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Why can't my custom camera body focus to far distances?

I have built a custom optical device that uses a standard C-mount lens as found on CCTV cameras. Wikipedia states that the flange-to-film distance of a C-mount lens is 17.526 millimetres. I have ...
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Is is possible to externally power my DSLR with the original battery that is connected to the DSLR by means of wires?

I have a set of cameras mounted to a rig, in such a way that in order to remove the batteries for charging, I have to unscrew the complete camera, which is undesired. One option is a dummy battery ...
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How can I repair a Petri 1.9 Color Corrected Super with a stuck exposure counter?

I recently bought a Petri 1.9 Color Corrected Super which is almost fully-functional, except for the exposure counter. It is stuck between the position "S" and -2. Do you have any suggestions for ...
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Can I develop Homemade redscale film at the high street shop?

Normally I develop C41 at the high street shop (i.e SnappySnap, Max, Boots). If I've made a reversed 35mm film (redscale) can I send it as normal for development?
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mirror damper material

I am about to change the light seals of my Nikon FE using a self-adhesive light seal foam with 1.5mm of thickness (which is the thickness I've seen recommended for my model). I also need to change the ...
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Can I reattatch the parts of my Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens which broke in a fall, without further disassembly?

The upper part of my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is separated from the lens body due to a fall. One of its 4 lugs has broken off. Can I still attach the upper and the lower parts without ...
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What are the odds of breaking a camera by opening it?

Mode selector of my DSC W610 started to change the modes for no reason and I want to "correct" it but I am afraid of breaking the camera. I have heard opening cameras will literally fill the sensor ...
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How to produce smoke for studio photography

I'm photographing small objects (3 to 5 cm height glass jars) inside a laboratory and want to add a little bit of smoke for extra context. Because I'm inside a lab it's not suitable to use smelly ...
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How can I know if two lenses have interchangeable elements?

This simple question might have a not so simple answer, and I want to ask it about a single lense, but assume that would be off topic, because I'd basically be asking 'should I buy this to repair my ...
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How can I fix a Canon lens with sand in the aperture diaphragm?

I have a 17-85mm Canon lens which I was using at the beach the other day. A sudden hard blow of wind caused sand to be thrown on me and my camera. Afterwards, the camera would give the Error 01 code ...
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What should I use to re-stick the thumb rest on a Canon 550D?

I have a well loved and well used Canon 550D. This has lost a couple of mostly inconsequential bits of rubber over the years, but recently the thumb rest has come off: Most importantly, this is a bit ...
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What is the simplest photosensitive material I could manufacture at home?

I've read about some of the early pioneers of photography, who hauled heavy wooden boxes of equipment up and down mountains to bring back the first landscape images of those remote places. They were -...
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How to diagnose old Canon EF 35-105mm lens with autofocus motor too weak to reliably rotate lens barrel?

I bought a couple of old Canon EF lenses and they are very slow at autofocusing on my 350D. The worst offender is the EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM. This lens regularly gives up moving the barrel after a ...
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Using a camera as Lux-meter

For a project I want to use a USB-camera (https://www.e-consystems.com/ar0330-lowlight-usb-cameraboard.asp) as a Lux-meter. I control the camera using v4l2 on Linux. I have a real lux-meter (https://...
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I dropped my pentax 67 (not 6x7) and the shutter won't fire — how can I determine what's wrong?

I dropped it and now it will not fire. How can I diagnose the problem myself? And, once I have figured that out, how can I learn to fix it?
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Is there a cheap alternative to Hypo fixer?

Help! I am a photo teacher. It is near the end of the year and we just ran out of Hypo with no budget for buying more. Some black and white projects are still due. Is there a cheap alternative that we ...
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What can I do if the "straight keys" in my Nikon lens are bent?

I have a Nikon DX SWM ED 18-55mm Autofocus lens that broke down. It got stuck and I decided to take the lens apart. It turned out that the flare cutter had come out somehow. Now the problem is with ...
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Where can I find a mechanical drawing of the Canon EF Mount?

This is my first question-post. First of all my final goal is to build a simple but functional objective. I was inspired by this video: DIY Camera Lens (I don't hope to make something so neat the ...
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What's the connector pinout and voltage to make a DIY external power supply for a Godox flash?

I want to make an external power supply for my Godox TT685N, and I have two questions: There are 3 pins on the connector (I found, that this is same conector like Canon) What is the pinout of this ...
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Repair shop says my dropped Sigma Art lens is a write-off — but can I fix it myself?

I recently dropped my new Sigma Art 1.8 14mm lens (and 5dii). The lens has some pretty bad cosmetic damage and a few small scratches on the front element. But overall it would still be usable if I ...
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Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 Blueprint For DIY LensSkin

I'm planning to print my own lens skin similar to Lens Skins for Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zen but in camouflage design on a vinyl sticker sheet. In order to make the cutouts fit perfectly I'd need ...
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Can I make a DIY developing tank from an opaque Tetrapak milk container?

I'm starting to home-develop ! I already have the daylight tank and the reels for medium format, but here I'd like to develop 4x5 emulsion films. What do I have at home that is light-tight and has the ...
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Is there a Vivitar 273 flash power regulation hack?

I found this post about a hack to regulate the power of an old Vivitar 283 flash. As I own two unmodified Vivitar 273 flashes, I wonder whether there is a similar hack to modify this model as well to ...
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Why isn't using exposed, undeveloped film working as a filter for my DIY infrared camera modification?

Question: I need help with troubleshooting a DIY blocking filter for Natural light. Background: I modified a Canon Powershot A490 to shoot only IR. I removed the IR-block filter (right in front of ...
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Can I use a beam splitter to record two images using the same lens?

How's the best way to record two images coming through a single lens. One being a infrared and the other being visible. My plan was to use a beam splitter between the lens and the sensor to reflect ...
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How can I stiffen a droopy Gorilla Pod?

I have a Gorilla pod (SLR-zoom) which is now a few years old and the legs are now loose enough that it can't support the weight of my camera+lens any more. The legs will often have an 'unexpected ...
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How do you remove the mirror in one of Sony's SLT cameras?

I own a Sony α35. This camera has a pellicle mirror (semi-transparent fixed mirror) to facilitate autofocus. How do I remove the mirror to maximize the amount of light reaching the sensor when taking ...
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Can I DIY a regular backpack to protect my camera gear?

This summer I'm going to a hiking trip in the mountains. I will also take my camera gear with me. I have already ordered a camera backpack, but due to some delivery delays, I will receive it after my ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

How to make light reflector easily at home? Please tell me the easiest way to make light reflector at home without spending much on that.
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Developing pinhole camera photos - pictures turn cloudy

I recently made my first pinhole camera and started taking photos with it. It's a Illy coffe can camera with a 0.35 mm pinhole aperture. I am using an old pack of Ilfobrom FB IB2 photo paper. It's 17....
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Where can I find a repair diagram for Sony SELP1650 lens?

I dropped my Sony a6000 and the lens took the impact (SELP1650) rendering it useless. Is there a site where I can get an exploded diagram? I intend to fix this myself. Also, if anyone knows where I ...
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Where can I find a filter similar to taking a photograph through green Ray-ban sunglasses?

I love shooting with my phone through my sunglasses, specially on sunny days of spring and summer. The green lenses on the Ray-ban glasses make a color adjustment that the camera's automatic white-...
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