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Your camera gear is broken, or might be broken, or you're worried something might break it.

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How to test my camera's hot-shoe without a flash at hand

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and I'd like to see if its hot-shoe works before buying a flash. For a bit of context: several years ago I put a primitive flash from my old times doing film photography on ...
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Is a water-damaged micro SD card likely to be readable?

I dropped a camera in the water in the factory where I work; the micro SD card in the camera had private pictures on int that I don't want anyone to see. Knowing that the water contained some ...
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Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions?

I want to experiment taking photos in which the sun appears. I'm afraid of what might happen if I take one with a narrower angle (where sun would be bigger). Can the lens act as a magnifying glass and ...
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How can I photograph welding?

My partner is creating a sculptural work using MIG welding and has asked me to document the process. I have a few questions regarding how to photograph it? Looking at the arc can damage your eye-...
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Why did my back button focus stop working?

I was shooting at a styled shoot last week. Everything was going well. Then all of a sudden while I was shooting my back button focus stopped working. It didn’t seem like it was even trying to find ...
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Suddenly have many stuck pixels on my DSLR - is there a reason for it/is it saveable?

I've got a Canon 1100D camera which is maybe getting on a bit at about 12 years old, but it's performed great up to now. I took it out recently though to do some long exposure night shots, and noticed ...
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Can I lock the mirror up indefinitely without damaging my DSLR?

Are there any issues I might experience if I leave the mirror up on my DSLR camera for a long time? My use mode would be "live view" mode connected to AC power, and using the HDMI output of ...
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Solutions for Snoot Modifier Overheating Tungsten Light?

I'd like to use a snoot light modifier on an halogen light, though it's clearly causing the bulb to overheat. This is to the point of seeing smoke coming out of the light's body. I suspect the snoot ...
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Feasibility Sony Alpha mounted on motorcycle

I'm planning on buying a Sony Alpha a7 III and mounting this camera on the tank to take high quality footage. From what I understand the high vibrations of the motorcycle would kill that camera rather ...
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Nikon D7100 - faulty LCD or mainboard?

LCD on my Nikon D7100 is not always working. Like 99% of time not working, then it starts semi-working until it doesn't. I read that there are two options why. It could be because of a faulty LCD or ...
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Can I fix a D5200 with 200mm lens that doesn't autofocus correctly after being dropped?

When first bought, my Nikon D5200 worked like a champ! Now everything has a fuzziness to it and the auto focus doesn't quite focus and you can't see the details of a picture taken. It's ruining my ...
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Can taking up-close photos of multiple candles stacked together damage my iPhone’s camera/camera sensors?

My brother took multiple up-close pictures of a stack of burning diyas (a type of candle); to the naked eyes, the candles looked very bright. Can such up-close photography damage my iPhone’s camera, ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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What causes the focus confirmation lights to blur?

I recently saw that the red lights on some of the focus points are blurred. The lights in this picture are lights shown during the selection of focus points. As you can see the lights in the lower ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the camera....
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Can this water damage to my Canon T6 be repaired?

My Canon T6 got wet at a waterfall; the battery did not get wet. I let the camera dry out for weeks - it apparently works now but is giving me totally white images. Is there any chance this damage can ...
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Sensor Scratched/Marks

I need some feedback on what these marks might be. Iso: 100, Aperture: f22, Shutter: 1/8. Applied "DEHAZE" in Lightroom so that the you can see the lines clearer. Ignore the sunflare to the ...
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Is this a good rule to know when I can shoot the sun? "if the sun is not too bright to look at with naked eye, then it's not too bright for a DSLR" [duplicate]

Most of what I have read about this, say that whether or not the sun is bright enough to harm the DSLR, depends on a lot of factors e.g. time of day, cloud cover etc. What setting aperture, shutter ...
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How much does it cost to repair a dropped (borrowed) 70-200mm f/2.8 lens?

I just dropped a 70-200 f2.8 lens and the images are pretty washed out and blurry. I am really sad about it since I just borrowed it from one of my friends for the weekend. The exterior of the lens ...
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Nikon D4 possible water damage [duplicate]

I took my D4 out for a walk yesterday. Out of nowhere it started to rain heavily. Of course I did not have any cover or whatsoever with me. I walked about 20 minutes with it through the rain back to ...
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What happened to this CPL filter?

What happened to these CPL filters? Is it reversible? Can they be cleaned or fixed? The damage looks like it is inside the glass. I'm concerned it's fungus or something else. My father bought them ...
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Can I do anything about a Nikon d750 taking 5 minutes to power on after taking saltwater damage?

I have had a Nikon d750 for a year or so, and 6 months ago it took on a bit of saltwater damage. It still works, but twice in the past it wouldn't power on, once for two weeks and once for two days. ...
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Lens with small scratches on the front element - how do they affect IQ?

I am looking to buy a CANON 28mm 1.8 EF lens. I found an offer, significantly discounted, of a lens with small scratches on the front element. The offer is very tempting. Here is a photo posted by ...
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What to do with damaged batteries?

I have a damaged LP-E6 battery, looks to be just a cracked plastic shell but retiring it just to be safe. Looking for what to do with it now. Take it somewhere to be recycled? Does Canon or B&H/...
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Is it safe to test a (possibly) salt-water damaged lens (Tokina 11-16mm) on a new camera body?

I have a Tokina ATX AF116 DXII S - 11-16 mm F2.8 AT-X (II) 116 Pro DX for Sony and I recently ruined my Sony α65 through a salt water wave which caught me out during a storm photoshoot. Weeks ...
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DSLR in sand and salt water

Doing a stop-motion by the sea, the Nikon D5200 camera and tripod got overrun by a wave and submerged in salt water, and then on sand. From reading this forum thread, this one, and watching this video,...
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Horizontal "Lines" affecting image quality

This is a picture from my computer camera (0.9 MP) of me covering the camera with a black tissue with not much light in the room. I hope you can appreciate the tiny horizontal "lines". I ...
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Sensor damage due to overheating?

I have recently got a Fuji X-T4 and did some overheating tests in various 4k video modes. I repeatedly overheated the camera without a break to see where the limits for video shooting are. I know that ...
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How can I fix what seems to be a stuck Ricoh FF-3AF shutter release?

At least, that's what it seems to be. Whenever you want to advance the film on this model, you have to load the film, close the door and press the shutter release button once. After that, it should ...
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Can I damage my camera by shooting directly at a lightbulb in the ceiling?

I got my first dSLR, a Nikon D3500, a few weeks ago. Today I was trying out manual mode and for some reason I thought it would be cool to shoot pointing directly at the lamp/lightbulb in the ceiling ...
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Help I can’t attach lenses to my Nikon

I can’t seem to attach lenses to my Nikon d800 , not sure of the name of the part so calling it a lens attachment pin but it’s dropped inside the lens ring into the body and guessing this is why ...
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How can I easily tell if a sensor or lens is damaged?

I am pretty interested in recognizing any damage to digital camera in very low level (without any advanced tests). For example, how can I identify the damage of a sensor or lens? If there are any ...
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I shook my camera and lens very hard... Can that cause damage?

I shook my camera and lens very hard. Will this cause damage to the camera or lens? I did this 4 to 5 times. Should I be worried?
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I took up my camera by the lens when it was on a tripod... Will it cause any damage?

I took up my camera by the lens when the camera was attached to a tripod. Will it cause any damage?
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What to do about crack on Nikon D3 body?

Recently I got a good deal on a used Nikon D3. Before purchase I looked at it very carefully and tested it. A few weeks later I recognize that it has a small crack at the front. I would like to know ...
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My RTS CONTAX can't unwind my film rolls, help and advice please

I am relatively new to film cameras, I am still learning using a film camera. More often use DSLR. I just spent my quarantine days taking a roll of 36 photos with CONTAX RTS. When I got to my last ...
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Can taking photo of the moon and/or stars at night cause damage to the camera sensor?

We know that taking photo of the sun can cause some degree of damage to the camera and our eyes. So, are there any damage to the camera (point and shoot / DSLR) when taking photo of the moon and/or ...
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How to remove bulb mode on canonet ql 19?

I was testing my canon ql19 which seems to be in perfect working order. However I pressed the safety catch and set the camera to bulb mode and I can now not turn the ring back again. How are you meant ...
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How to fix shattered rear element of Zenitar 16/2.8 Fisheye?

The rear element of a Zenitar 16/2.8 Fisheye is shattered. What can I do to be able to continue using this lens? I know it is a clear filter. It cannot simply be removed because it is an essential ...
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Is my Nikon 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens with broken front glass beyond repair? [duplicate]

My lens broke somehow. I didn't drop it as far as I remember, but the cause of the drop isn't really the point... a part of my lens broke, and my lens cap is stuck to it. Is my lens a goner? Can I buy ...
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My viewfinder is dirty or damaged?

I have a problem with my viewfinder glass surface so I'm not sure is this greasiness or is glass coating damaged and how to clean or fix that?
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After I dropped my lens, focus locks but images are blurry — what could be wrong?

I have a Tamron 24-70 2.8 on a D610. I usually go for small apertures (F11 to 16) since I work with flashes on studio setups, my lens gives sharp images on those appertures but anything below F5.6 ...
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Will many tiny scratches on lens front element affect my photos? [duplicate]

I've bought a second hand Helios lens online (40 years old). At first sight everything looks fine no fungus haze no dust. Under 45 degree the front element in covered in very very thin scratches like ...
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What can I do when I accidentally powered a Sony A7s II with 20v instead of 9v?

I have been using an off-brand battery coupler in combination with a 9v external battery and it has worked beautifully. Tonight the voltage on the external battery was accidentally changed to 20v ...
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Does a large scratch in an ND filter affect image quality?

I noticed a used 10-stop ND filter for sale, at exactly the size I want, at a price of 15% of a new filter, except with shipping it's 21% of the price of a new filter with shipping. The catch? It has ...
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How resilient are old SLRs to water damage

My over eagerness got the better of me, and I went out this evening taking some photos in the snow. The camera in use is a Yashica FX-D Quartz, which has an electronic shutter release and LED meter. ...
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How long can an SD card last in salt water?

I dropped my camera in the ocean (Don't care about the camera and shame on me). I'm trying to get a scuba diver now. It's been in there for 24 hours, as of this post.
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Broken screen on Nikon D3. How can I fix it?

I've a Nikon D3. One day unexpectedly the rear LCD screen has stopped working. It shows only white lines, as in the attached pic. I've changed 4 screens: the first: shows only few light green lines ...
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Could a drop at the height of 50cm damage my Nikon D3100?

My Nikon D3100 as well as its 18-55mm kitlens and a sigma 70-300mm zoomlens was accidentally dropped on the ground while in a camera bag, by someone who did not know it was a camera and mistook it for ...
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Can the front glass on a broken lens be repaired?

I just newly broke this glass on my lens tonight. Wondering if I need to buy a new lens or if I can repair this. It is a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. This is my favorite lens to use for portraits!

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