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Questions tagged [mirror]

The mirror is a part in a SLR that diverts light into the viewfinder or other sensors.

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Is there a mirror actuation count limit in addition to shutter actuation count limit in DSLRs?

Every time you take a picture on a DSLR, not only does the shutter actuate but also the mirror actuates. If using the LCD preview, and using phase detect autofocus, the mirror actuates too: the phase ...
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Nikon D5000 error with shutter release and mirror staying up [duplicate]

When I take a photo on my Nikon D5000, it comes up with an error "press shutter release button again". When I do that, it gives me the same error, and my pictures turn black. Also, when I take my lens ...
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Canon f-1 shutter and mirror jammed when speed is below 60

i recently have bought a canon f-1 from a thrift shop where it was exposed to dust and sun. the shutter mechanism works correctly (it is not jammed, but i don't know if it has the correct speed or not)...
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DSLR mirror stuck at top, sound like rolling gears

I have Nikon D300, and now its mirror stuck at top, showing 'Err' at top display. It happens when I press shutter button, it sounds like rolling gear. I still can press the shutter but looks like the ...
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Bendy distortion of straight lines in infinite mirror

I was in one of those mirror mazes where they have massive mirrors in a maze structure. However, these mirrors were lined with LED light strips, which were straight, because they were on the edge of ...
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How does the smaller mirror in APS-C cameras offer these advantages?

As Wikipedia says here The smaller mirror used in APS-C cameras also allows optical elements to protrude further into the camera body, which enhances the possibilities for wide angle and very wide ...
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What happened? Sold my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and buyer says images are not in focus

I sold my working, good condition 5D Mark II to another photographer in a facebook group. Paid by paypal, and mailed via UPS with insurance and tracking. The camera was in a good working condition ...
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How to clean the mirror on an SLR without damaging it?

I just bought my D70 from Sam's Club. It was a display model, and the display assembly does not allow the back of the camera to be opened. However, when I opened up the front and looked at the mirror ...
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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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Mirror vs Lens: do either or both invert the image?

Answers to this other Question on photo stackexchange have prompted me to seek clarification on this. consider for example the following images: Original scene How a mirror "sees" it (flipped ...
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Mirror Picture Set Up

I test a lot of beauty products and give advice to other women about my experience. I would like to take a photo of me looking in the mirror using the products. So basically the picture will show the ...
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Nikon D90 mirror stuck

Suddenly, while taking photos my Nikon D90 turned black and I couldn't see anything through the viewfinder, the result of a locked up mirror as I found out when taking off the lens. The camera display ...
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DIY fix for stuck mirror?

I have a Canon DSLR camera. The mirror is stuck and I'm getting nothing but black frames when taking pictures because the mirror doesn't move. I was quoted a very high price to get it repaired. Can ...
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Does mirror lock-up drain the battery?

When using the mirror lock-up mode or Nikon’s exposure delay mode, is it true that keeping the mirror raised for some time requires more battery power? Is the mirror flipping mechanism continuously ...
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What to do if the light meter on my DSLR doesn't work after a DIY repair of a stuck mirror?

Recently my mirror on my Nikon D3100 became stuck. Nikon quoted a silly price to repair so I looked on net and followed advice and gently unstuck mirror with a tiny screwdriver. Now my light meter is ...
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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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How does a DSLR's mirror mechanism work?

I'm wondering how the mirror in a DSLR or SLR camera is flipped up (and back down again) when a photo is taken. Is this mirror typically actuated by a motor, magnet, spring and gravity, or something ...
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it? [duplicate]

I am trying to shoot a reflection of a bearing in a round metal ball. The problem is that in order to photograph the reflection, I am always in the shot. I'm shooting on a white background, and I am ...
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Which is better to use : Mirror or totally reflecting prism?

I'm designing a stereoscopic system to capture 2 images at the same time one for the right eye and one for the left eye. To take a photo through a reflecting system, which one is the best choice of ...
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Using schlieren photography to visualize sound propagation

I'm a photography hobbyist. Quite a newbie so far! I've come across the method of schlieren photography some time ago. As for my hobbies, I am mainly interested in sound and acoustics. I am currently ...
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I've got a D3100 and the mirror broke!! What to do?

I have a D3100 and the view finder mirror broke. I just don't know how!! It's in warranty but can I get a replacement?... My father doesn't know yet.. guys please reply fast
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Why are compressed-gas dusters not recommended on the mirror of an SLR camera?

Every compressed-gas duster (including Dust Destroyer and Dust-Off brands) contains, among others, the following warning: Never use on camera mirrors. What is the potential risk here? I've used ...
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AF mirror not flipping on Canon 350D [duplicate]

My Canon 350D is no longer raising the AF mirror when it takes a photo. Instead, it looks like this when the mirror flips up. This results in a photo that is half black due to the sensor being ...
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Why do cameras have mirror system?

I know the differences between a rangefinder and a SLR/DSLR but what is the real reason to put a mirror in front of a lens to reflect light into the viewfinder? It raises lens prooduction price when ...
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Why is the Canon Digital Rebel XT so loud?

I have recently upgraded from a Canon Digital Rebel XT to a Canon 50d. I am extremely surprised by how loud my XT's mirror now seems in comparison. I'm pretty sure that it's not just that the 50d is ...
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Why does the D3100 mirror flip in live view?

Reading around everywhere, some people say the D3100 flips the mirror down and up before opening the shutter again when using live-view, and other people says it doesn't (which would be preferable as ...
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Too loud shutter sound/mirror slap on Canon 1100D, is it just me?

My Canon 1100D is loudest of the all DSLRs in my friends group. I want to know if this is a problem with my camera or all 1100Ds are like this. I have tested it as following: Tried different lenses. ...
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Pros and cons of using mirror lock-up?

I read that it is a good idea to use mirror lock up to avoid camera shake. What are to disadvantages of using mirror lock up? I enjoy street photography, using a Nikon 28-70 mm lens and where ...
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Unable to use mirror up mode and wireless remote on a D7000

I am trying to use the mirror up mode on my D7000 with a wireless remote but I can't get it to work no matter what. Has anyone used the remote and the mirror up mode successfully: if so can you tell ...
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Why does my sensor require frequent cleaning?

I have a Nikon D300 and in the past couple years I've found that it seems to require sensor cleaning very frequently, something like once a week or more. I've been dry cleaning with a combination of ...
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How does the mirror in a DSLR operate?

I am attempting to understand mirrorless cameras and I have read these two questions and answers: What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless? Are DSLRs a dying breed, making ...
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Why does Nikon D90 makes strange sound and shifts Mirror in Viewfinded Eyepiece after Shutter-release button is pressed

Recently I have noticed that my Nikon D90 makes a strange sound and sort of shifts mirror up if you look at the viewfinder eyepiece after you release the shutter-release button. If you try to shoot ...
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Are mirror lenses good for wildlife photography in daylight?

I've recently seen these Rokinon/Opteka mirror lens with whooping focal length (like 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm) at a cheap price. And I have seen some of their same pictures in Flickr and vendor ...
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Does the Sony A77 have a shutter?

I bought the new Sony A77 last month and I am interested to learn about how its translucent mirror technology works but couldn't find enough information on it. My question is: does it have a shutter? ...
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What happens when a Sony SLT camera is operated with mirror up?

What happens if you attempt to operate a Sony SLT (pellicle mirror) camera with the mirror up? Does the camera detect this condition? Will the camera shoot? What happens to autofocus--can the ...
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What does the mirror do when shooting in Nikon Live View tripod mode?

When shooting with Nikon's Live View in tripod mode, the camera uses contrast detection to focus. It does this by using the sensor, which it would seem would raise the mirror similar to mirror lock up....
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What is the best approch to photographing a mirror or other highly reflective surface?

I have been asked by a client to take some product photographs of some vintage mirrors that they would like to sell and I am struggling with getting good clear shots of the mirrors. As such, what is ...
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How can I fix a broken SLR Mirror?

I have an Olympus OM-1 which I've been using as a backup camera for my film Canon Rebel. However, when the mirror trap became stuck "up" in the Olympus, I tried gingerly to pull the trap back down. It ...