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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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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 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 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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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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What should I do when autofocus is not working after i dropped my camera? [closed]

Yesterday i had dropped my camera and everything is working except Auto focus while using view finder but on LCD it is working fine and pictures are coming good. All is good except Auto focus, I ...
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How to fix plastic mount on dropped Nikon 70-300mm lens?

I accidentally dropped my Nikon 70-300mm lens and two small plastics broke off. Can it be fixed?
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Can a plastic-barreled lens be damaged if stored inside a car? Can sunlight damage the lens?

One of the lenses I purchased has this note in the instruction manual: "Do not place lens in direct sunlight or leave it in an extremely hot place such (sic) inside a car. Doing such could damage the ...
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Err 01 after cleaning lens

I recently cleaned my Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens using eyeglasses cleaner and a microfiber cloth. A few minutes afterward, I noticed condensation inside the lens, so I placed it in a safe place and let ...
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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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Canon EOS film camera stopped working after trying to use flash

I have a Canon EOS 500N camera (known as the Rebel G in America and the New EOS Kiss in Japan) that worked fine up until just now, when I tried to use the flash. The flash has worked before and I was ...
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Damaged coating tamron 18-200mm?

I just bought a secondhand 18-200 tamron lens but I can't seem to get a fully sharp picture. I know my settings and the picture is "smudged" blurry and seems to have some color artifacts on one side ...
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How will tiny scratches on rear element affect image quality?

I have found a rather cheap Mamiya G 50mm f4 lens on ebay that has some tiny scratches on the rear element of the lens. Now, I have done some research on how much such scratches could affect the ...
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LIDAR burnout; ways to check for damaging infrared lasers before shooting besides looking for posted warnings?

The BBC News article Driverless car laser ruined camera describes a situation where a particularly powerful infrared laser from the LIDAR of a prototype car at the CES show damaged the sensor of a ...
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How to verify whether the invisible/removed fungus in the second hand lens is dangerous? [duplicate]

Assuming there is no huge visible fungus, inside, how to verify whether the second hand lens is affected by spores? It is said that spores don't die and fungus may regrow. Also it is said that if we ...
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

I have an SD card that was left in a MacBook Pro and subsequently bent directly across the lining of where the SD card sticks out from the SD card slot. The card is not detected by computer or camera, ...
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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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Spilt Isopropyl alcohol on camera, now it doesn't turn on

I have 99.5% Isopropanol that I am using for cleaning electronics and optics(I specifically ordered it from my local electronics specialist; it is no knock-off, it is genuine pure IPA for a ton of ...
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What could cause this strange purple stain in the image? Sensor damage?

Initial disclaimer, my hardware in question is a PTZ video surveillance camera (Hikvision DS-2DE5425IW-AE) which would make it off topic for Photography StackExchange. However the issue I'm having is ...
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What would be causing a thick black diagonal line in front of my camera's sensor?

I have a Canon XTi. On every photo I take I have a thick diagonal black line appear on the photograph. See an example picture: My next discovery came when I selected Sensor Cleaning: Manual in the ...
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How can I tell if a scratch is directly on my sensor or on the filter above it?

I have what appears to be a scratch on my sensor. I can't see it on pictures taken with apertures larger than F16, but I do see them at F32. How can I tell if a scratch is directly on my sensor or on ...
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How can I tell if a camera sensor is damaged?

I own a Sony a6500 and primarily use it for filmmaking. I was trying to clean the mirrorless sensor and used a rocket air blower to get dust out of the sensor but accidentally knocked it against the ...
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How can I remove a stuck lens from camera body (after I dropped them)?

My camera fell and my 70-300 Tamron lens hit the floor first and after that I can't remove the lens from its body. I think some parts of the lens cracked and it got stuck. How do I fix this? Can I fix ...
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The outer body of my Nikon D7200 is damaged, repair?

I recently dropped my Nikon D7200 off a counter on to concrete due to my carelessness and not checking my tripod before turning around. My question for anyone is that if it is worth it to get the body ...
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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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What could cause exposure problems after my camera got wet?

I had an unfortunate accident where my DSLR camera (and me) briefly ended up in a river. The camera wasn't fully submerged but it did get very wet. It still works, sort of, although the electrics are ...
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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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Is the Panasonic GH5's sensor likely to get damaged while in my bag? [duplicate]

The Panasonic GH5's sensor is suspended in a magnetic field when in use, allowing it to move on 5-axis to stabilise the image. However when not in use it is completely loose and flops around in its ...
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What is the source of patches in those photos?

Some more patches I think I healed some of the sun sized spots in the photo, but I did not touch the second photo. Is this the defect of the lense? I think those started appearing after one time I ...
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Will holding down a DSLR's built-in flash damage the pop-up mechanism?

I have someone at work that refuses to toggle the flash off of auto mode when taking pictures, but insists on holding the flash down with their thumb. Can this damage the mechanism that causes the ...
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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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A battery pin in my Canon 1300D looks bent, is it damaged?

One of the pins in the battery slot of my new Canon 1300d appears to be bent/damaged. I'm pretty sure that I did not damage the pins by inserting the battery in the wrong way. I've also inserted and ...
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My lens won't settle on a focus point after dropping it — how bad is the damage?

I have a Nikon 750. Like an idiot I let it fall with a Tamron 28-70 2.8 lens. Now on autofocus it oscillates backwards and forwards through the focus point but never hits the focus point. I assume it ...
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Do those photos show clear evidence of a dirty or damaged lens?

In Iceland, my camera (Canon Powershot G5X) endured dirt, water, and ice, with insufficient protection. At night it was freezing, and I was camping in the backcountry. After several days, the camera ...
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Logan Paul camera?

Ok in today's vlog thats 23 August from India , He had posted a vlog about capturing Eclipse . Where he purchased a 14k dollars worth lens. But the lens didn't work with his camera ??? Why did ...
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Can a camera really “ignite”?

I read this scary warning in a camera manual: Do not point the lens attached to the camera toward the sun. This may cause the camera to malfunction or even ignite due to the magnifying effect of ...
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Used camera's grip base has jutting rubber, is this serious?

I've recently upgraded to a bigger dslr (nikon d7100), which I got used. Never having owned a bigger dslr, I would like to know if the jutting part of the hand-grip base is some sort of damage or ...
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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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How can I tell if a drop damaged my camera's sensor?

I dropped my Nikon D5500 recently from a height of around 3 ft onto a hard surface. Visibly, there is no damage to the camera. However, having handled some DSLRs, I think it's very unlikely that ...
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How can I diagnose a (possibly) malfunctioning memory card reader to fix it?

I recently dropped my wife's Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. There appears to be no damage to it whatsoever...except there seems to be an issue with its SD memory card reader that prevents it from writing ...
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the camera shutter does not always re-open

I've started having this intermittent issue on my Nikon Df. Occasionally (1 out of 50 shots?) I take a photo but the viewfinder goes dark and doesn't re-open. When i press it again it re-opens. ...
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Dropped Nikon D7100 with jumpy view finder and clicking sound. Worth having repaired?

Dropped my camera (long story). Anyway, the camera shoots fine, except for this clicking sound. Looking through the view finder the picture jumps a little, but shoots fine. Worth getting it looked ...
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Why won't my Sigma 28-200 autofocus on my Canon EOS 500N?

Long time ago, I purchased a used body+lens: a Canon EOS 500N (entry-level film SLR), with a Sigma Aspherical 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 UC. I've used this camera a lot, it works great, except the lens doesn'...
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My cam fell down - Dark Image

My Nikon 7100 fell down today and since then the image is darker. First I thought it was from the lens (Nikkor 18-200mm), but I put my second lens, a prime lens 50mm F1.8 on, and the picture is still ...
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Can my Yashica Super Yashicon 800mm f/8 lens be fixed?

Probably a silly question, but I have got a '70s Super Yasinon 1:8 Yashica supertelephoto lens (I think, that is on the lens, anyway. The body has no markings except 'lens made in japan'; forgive my ...
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Could bouncing around in a car trunk damage my DSLR?

I'm a new DSLR user, I have a 760D (Rebel T6S) a kit lens (18-55) and a 50mm 1.8. Now, I'm a very careful user (reaaaallly careful with any one of my gadgets) but today I went on a country side car ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards (“free-lensing”) for macro photography cause damage?

Recently, I have been experimenting with some macro photography by flipping my camera lenses backwards and then taking pictures ("free-lensing, not using a reversing adapter"). Since this is a non-...
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Why is auto-white balance shifted red after an unfortunate camera drop?

My camera bag was open on a chair, chair got bumped, camera came tumbling out — about 18" onto a wood floor. Ouch! PC sync terminal cover somehow popped off and went flying to who knows where. ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

Can I send in for repair a lens that has a shattered front element? UPDATE: The front element was not shattered, it was the UV filter. Factory diagnosis: Lens assembly had been impacted; cleaned ...
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How to fix a bent lens mount hook/tab?

I dropped my lens and it got bent at the little metal hooks/tabs that latch it to the body. Is there any way to fix this kind of damage (see image)? You can see the bend to the left (the hook is ...
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What happens if anti-reflective coating is fully ruined or removed from lens' most outer surface?

Anti-reflective coating is sensitive to fingertips and extra care is needed when cleaning camera lens. I've heard a couple of stories where a camera owner used some organic solvents and ended up ...