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Questions tagged [maintenance]

Maintenance refers to the upkeep of equipment.

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How to properly remove mold from camera body? [duplicate]

Long story short, I'm living in Vietnam which has a pretty hectic rainy season. Thankfully it's almost over. My room unfortunately got a fair amount of mold that seeped through the concrete walls. ...
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Is this possibly damage to the sensor? [duplicate]

I bought this Canon 20D on Ebay some years ago, so I don't know its history. I do know that until today I haven't ever touched the sensor. I recently started using a 100 mm macro lens (these photos ...
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What is the best way to clean internal lens elements?

I've purchased old nikon ais lens on ebay. It was really cheap. Turns out it has some fungus growing inside. No worries, I take apart and clean. I used rubbing alcohol, 98% solution to clean it. Turns ...
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Eccentric/collimating mechanisms in lenses - do they compensate for glass or mechanics?

Some lenses include eccentric rings, or elements in adjustable via a three point fixture, or similar collimation adjustment facilities. Do these correct for inaccuracies in the way the glass is ...
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How can I remove the Timer lever on a Pentax ME Super?

I'd like to carefully remove the Timer lever on my Pentax ME Super to give it a new skin. I have not been able to find help online. Someone suggested I use very small pliers, but that seems ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

I own a 1983 Minolta 35-105 lens which has a minor case of fungus on what I deem the second element (the first glass behind the outer one) The fungus seems to be growing, if only very slowly. As ...
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How many pictures can you take with a Sony mirrorless camera before the sensor fails? [duplicate]

What is the frames limit of the mirrorless cameras sensor? When should it be changed (for example on the Sony a6000 series or on the Sony a7)?
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Safe Deposit Boxes & Dehumidifiers

I currently store all my photographic material in my bedroom cupboard. The temperature is around 20 C and the RH is 60%. I have been researching ways to bring this figure down to 50%. I would like to ...
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Pentax lens focus ring snapping

I have a Pentax DA 35mm lens that was stored in the camera bag for a while. When trying to use it today, I noticed that the focus ring motion is not smooth. It is "snapping" at specific intervals, 3 ...
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What are some good resources for getting started with a large roll printer?

I’m an enthusiast-level photographer with a little disposable income, a big empty space in my apartment, and a huge appreciation for making prints, so I’ve decided to take the leap into a large-format ...
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Identifying fingerprints on negatives & ultraviolet torches

Is there a way I can identify any fingerprints on a negative that do not involve damaging the negative itself? Has anyone had any success in using an ultraviolet torch to identify fingerprints on ...
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Is PEC-12 effective at removing old fingerprints from film and negatives?

I have recently been researching PEC-12 emulsion cleaner and have read a lot of positive information about it. Has anyone had any success with removing fingerprints from film and negatives, which ...
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Help with dirty viewfinder

I have a Nikon D5300 that I do not use anymore. I want to give it to my nephew on his birthday. However the viewfinder of the device is very dirty despite the amount of care I put into my gear. I have ...
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Black dots appear in photos

First off, I understand that there is another thread with a similar question but mine is slightly different. I have a Nikon D80 and all of a sudden these black dots appeared on my photos. Quick google ...
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Lens Fungus - how to prevent it while actively using the lens in humid environment and remove it if you already have it?

Intro: This is a popular question throughout this site as well as the internet in general. However the same answers which address storage are used for usage. In this question I am specifically ...
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

In the end of this year, I will have to leave my inkjet Epson SC-P800 at home while I will travel for half a year. I read that inkjet printers should not be left without work for more than a week ...
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Is it dangerous to use Auto Sensor Cleaning with lens attached?

Straightforward question: Is it dangerous to use auto sensor cleaning when the lens is attached?
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Are compact cameras with a zoom lens safe from dust?

The only relevant "dust" references in my holiday camera manual are: Do not store or use the camera in locations that are: ... very humid or extremely dusty and Build up of dust in your ...
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How can I keep lens filters and other attachments from sticking on the lens?

Is there anything that can be used to keep filters/lenses/adjustment ring threads from sticking in the first place?
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What should I expect in maintenance costs after shutter failure for a DSLR?

I know that the shutter could fail on one of my first images, or it could keep going strong hundreds of thousands more, and that a typical Nikon shutter replacement runs anywhere from $250-400 USD. ...
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How to disassemble a lens assembly?

I recently picked up an Olympus OMZ 50mm f1.8 pretty cheaply of ebay. The front element has a slight mould on the rear side although so far I've not seen this affect the image quality. Disassembling ...
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dropped a new fuji x100s [duplicate]

I just got a new fuji x100s and dropped it on the sidewalk from pocket height (3 feet). It has some scratches on bottom corners, but appears to be working ok. Is it possible that some internal ...
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Problems with my lens

Hi i have had a Nikon 200mm lens for about three years now. I did not use it for about six months and when i used it again it was all fuzzy. I have tried everything. Is it because it is so old? I ...
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Can fingerprints and smudges “ripen” if left on a lens for a long time?

Something I read on the Internet and magazines (for example here) from time to time is that fingerprints and smudge can "ripen" if left on a lens for a long time. I find this a bit hard to believe ...
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Will a filter cause more or less damage when lens is dropped?

I recently dropped my camera bag from around waist level to the ground. The ground is somewhat padded (carpet) and the bag itself has padding (the typical messenger type of bag's padding). The camera ...
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Nikon Lens Warranty explanation

I want to purchase a good lens of about $1K from Nikon (the 18-300mm lens for example) and I have a few quick questions about the Nikon Lens warranty. I researched online extensively and it seems ...
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Question About the D600 Dirty Sensor Test - Why Use a High f-Stop? [duplicate]

There is a lot of buzz about the dirty sensor problem on the D600, which is apparently caused by some lubricant splattering onto the sensor and accumulating over time. My question is about the test ...
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How to care for neck strap?

I have a wide neck strap that came with my DSLR. In the two years, it racked a lot of hours soaking in sweat and some light rain/snow. To the professionals who lug their neck strap through thick and ...
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How to get rid of dustmites on the camera and accessories?

I usually store my camera inside the carrying case which I received with my camera. Sometimes the camera lays still for several weeks without any activity. When I took out the camera recently, I ...
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How often should I clean my lens?

You may have read Lens Cleaner Recommendations, and now I would like to know how often to clean my lens. I have been using one lens for about a year without cleaning it yet and recently got a new zoom ...
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Lens Cleaner Recommendations

What is, in your opinion, the best lens cleaner? Which do you think is the most effective/best value for your money/most easy to use, etc. Please include advantages/disadvantages as well as price and ...
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Do I Need To Turn On A Drybox 24/7?

I'm in a 2-season country, dry and wet seasons. I live in a cold place, with temperature averaging to 19 degrees on the wet season and about 25 on dry season. Last wet season, after a couple of ...
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Should the lens cover / lens cap be on the camera while inside a dry box / dry cabinet?

Usually, we keep the lens cover / lens cap on the camera if we are not using the camera and we remove the lens cover / lens cap off the camera when we are taking picture. So, if we put the camera ...
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How to take good care for camera bags or pouch?

How do we maintain the camera bags or pouch so that when we put our camera inside, we feel that our camera are safe and sound?
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I almost cannot switch to manual focus on my Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens

Usually troubles with autofocus are related to a non working AF. I've got the opposite issue: AF is working too well. Actually, it is ALWAYS working, and I cannot turn it of. Even when I switch to ...
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Should my speedlite burn through batteries when not in use?

I got a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II just a couple of weeks ago and noticed a surprising and annoying feature: If I leave batteries in the flash unit, even with the flash switched off and removed from ...
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Is it possible/advisable to skip firmware updates?

I have found out that I am lagging behind 3 firmware updates for my 50D camera (mine is 1.0.6 and current is 1.0.9). I have not found specific recommendations on the Canon website about the ...
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What is the average lifetime of lenses, specially L lenses

I have a few and they are very well taken care of. Still curious to know, what is the average lifespan of L lenses (and non L lenses as well, USM version)?
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Maintaining and repairing Yongnuo vs Canon speedlites

This is somewhat a multi-part question, mostly related to my split-decision on whether to buy a YN560-II (or a several of them) for much less money than buying Canon alternatives (one Canon 580EX II ...
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How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens?

How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens? Over the last year or so of use it has accumulated a little dust and a translucent smear mark. Nothing serious, but I'd like to remove ...
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Colored powder in a lens: will it need a cleaning?

I was taking photos of people playing Holi. Some of the powdered colour landed on the lens of my Canon Powershot S95, and in the groove of the flash housing. By lens, I mean the cylindrical part that ...
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What is an auto-focus motor?

I recently bought a Canon 550D, and I read it has an auto-focus motor, which not all cameras possess. I'd like to know what it is, and what I can do to keep it running smoothly; AFAIK the manual doesn'...
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Can a tripod head be left always on, or should it be taken off when not in use?

Do tripod owners break down the tripod between uses? I'm imagining going on a flight or something and breaking it down into legs + head, rather than assembled 100% of the time. Can't recall ever ...
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What is the cause of these round spots on my photograph? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dust-like speck visible every few pictures — is it dust, or worse? Is this a finger print on the lens? I don't know. What can be the cause of the round spot on this photograph?...
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How to smoothen a tripod's head movement?

Few months back I purchased a second hand tripod. Later on I noticed that the head (which holds the camera) of the tripod doesn't move freely. I mean I have to apply some pressure to make it move left ...
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Do digital cameras lose picture quality over time?

For some reasons when I look at my first pictures from my camera (DSLR), they look stunning. I know it could be just psychological. Another friend told me that her camera was really good when she ...
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What is CLA service?

I've seen the term used in used lens listings, e.g "recently CLA'd". I have a few questions, but I think they're related enough to only warrant one post: What does CLA stand for, and what is it? How ...
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What is the value of periodic service-center maintenance for DSLRs?

I've been contemplating sending my Canon 40D + lenses in for cleaning & maintenance, and as luck would have it, one of the answers on a recent question recommends periodic maintenance to prolong ...
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How should I take care of my new DSLR?

I am getting a new Nikon D5100 (with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit). This is going to be my first DSLR. I wanted to get some tips from you guys on how to maintain it in the long term. I am getting a 52mm UV ...
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Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?

I've discovered spots on the image sensor of my DSLR camera that cannot be cleaned using a blower bulb, so I would like to know the risk of problems, such as further image deterioration or damage to ...