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Replace a broken SLR mirror with a cut HDD?

I love film cameras and repairing them. However, I often encounter cameras with broken and scratched mirrors. Is it possible to use some old HDDs and cut them to replace those mirrors ? I want to ...
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I get a black strip when taking pictures with Canon EOS 760D. How can I fix it?

I was taking photos and suddenly a black strip appears on the pictures. Then I realized that something was wrong with the camera, some mechanism was not working. There is something stuck when the ...
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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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Is this lens fungus or just a speck of dust?

Bought a tokina 11-16 second hand. I thought it was a speck of dust when I use my phone flash to check the lens while trading. But just now when I use a stronger torchlight, I realise there are hairs(?...
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Nikon F100 body - camera back latch repair solutions?

I have a Nikon F100 body that needs a back repair. For those not in the know, Nikon abandoned its use of solid metal latches (that were highly durable) in favour of a lighter plastic latch. Over ...
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Nikon D610 error after each shot

I have a Nikon D610 which worked just fine for many years. It has only 15K clicks. When I turn the camera on there is no problem until I take a shot. The picture comes out just fine but after I took a ...
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Is is possible/practical to adjust the Gost scale light meter on a Kiev 4M to work in ASA values?

I just received a Kiev 4M (Ukraine-built Contax II or Contax III variant made with repatriated equipment from the Zeiss factory). This is the version with a selenium (or silicon?) light meter on the ...
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How to fix diaphram of Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 G?

Somehow one of the nine blades in the aperture of my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G has come fully loose and can be seen laying turned sideways when I look through the lens. I don’t want to pay to repair it, ...
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Disassembly of Carl Zeiss Triotar 135

I bought a Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135 f/4 with stiff focus-ring. I disassembled the lens to fix the focus ring, work done. But now I would like to disassemble the lenses as well, because the internal ...
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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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How much does it cost to repair a dropped 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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Are sensor swabs (used but good, or new) and fluid a good choice for internal element cleaning?

From experiments, it seems that lightly-used sensor swabs (that are NOT contaminated with oils or abrasive particles) make reasonably good internal lens element cleaners and dryers (they are actually ...
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How to reassemble aperture of Smena lens?

I was testing a Smena lens, and it was unexpectedly susceptible to veiling glare, compared with other Smena lenses I've used. So I took it apart to make sure the elements were positioned correctly. ...
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How to figure out the order of lens elements in the rear group?

I bought a second-hand Canon 100D after I got into photography this summer, and got to use a vintage lens that was still attached to my dad's Pentax ME Super (Asahi Pentax-M 50mm 1.4 SMC, a great step ...
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Olympus OMD EM 5 mark I: camera froze while focusing during macro shot. Wont switch on anymore

I have an old Olympus OMD EM5 5 Mark I that is in perfect condition. I use it to practise my photography and also to look cool. I was attempting to take a macro shot; with the target object a bit too ...
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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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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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Can I fix Nikon D500 AF button with hot glue?

The AF-on button of my Nikon D500 camera popped off the camera yesterday. It still works if I hold it with a finger and click, but I can't really shoot while holding it all the time. Can I safely ...
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How can I disassemble / repair a CPL (Circular Polarizing Filter)?

One of my circular (rotating) polarizing filters has a big hair between the two lenses. The hair moves around and I always have to shake it aside until it's out of sight. Similar to this How would 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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How to soften a tight zoom ring?

After a fall, our Nikon Af-S 24-70mm 2.8G ED zoom ring got quite tight. It's specially hard to rotate it between 50 and 70mm. We can't send it to repair service, as we need it daily and have no ...
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Canon Rebel T6 won't autofocus after taking photo

I'm trying to repair a Rebel T6 with a strange problem. All settings are stock, AF One Shot, center point selection. I've tested with 3 lenses including the 18-55 kit lens. After turning the camera ...
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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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Can I get this nikon d750 repaired or replaced?

I searched for answers on why my autofocus stopped working for my Nikon D750. I found that someone posted: “Note that when using AF lenses that are not AF-S lenses the AF/M switch on the camera ...
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What should I check to make sure my camera is okay after sending it in for service?

My Canon EOS-1500d has undergone sensor cleaning at canon's service center. As a beginner how to inspect if everything is as it was earlier? What are the basic things to check(for a complete peace ...
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How to fix balsam separation?

How can balsam separation between glued elements be fixed? I'm planning to try to fix a couple lenses because what else am I going to do with them? It's about looking nice, optimizing image quality, ...
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What is black substance on inner surface of front lens element?

I've noticed a old few lenses have some type of black substance (residue, coating, or powder) on some of the elements, especially the inner surfaces between the first and second element. The substance ...
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Canon EOS 60D will not focus accurately [duplicate]

I have an EOS 60D that has had intermittent focusing issues since a purchased it. I primarily use the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I also have a new Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a ...
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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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Adhesive to stick the rubber coating on the focus-ring back in place?

I have an older Canon L lens. The lens is fine other than the rubber sheath on the focus ring has come away from the lens barrel so the rubber now rotates freely. The adhesive seems to have dried and ...
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Where can I find service manuals for old (and new) lenses?

Besides Google, where can I find service manuals for old (and new) lenses?
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Can mounts on Vivitar 75-205mm lenses be swapped?

I have a Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens with a Minolta MD mount. Would the Nikon AI Mount from the same lens (Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens Nikon AI Mount) ...
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Canon FT QL Light Meter problem

I recently got my hands on a Canon FT QL and I think the light meter might be broken, but I'm not 100% sure if that's the case and, if it is, exactly what is wrong with it. Behaviour: so, when I don'...
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Rewind button stuck - is it essential?

I recently bought a perfectly working Mamiya 528AL. Pictures from the first test came out great. As for the second roll of film, after a while I noticed the film advance lever wasn't working as ...
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Can my camera be saved? Or is it time to get a new one?

I am a beginner photographer and owner of the now obsolete Sony NEX 5-R mirrorless camera (bought in 2012). It has been 1) increasingly saying "cannot recognize lens" and 2) seems to have a really ...
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Aperture control flex ribbon replacement in Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II [duplicate]

Building upon this great answer to: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II causes Err 01 only when zoomed beyond 135mm I'm pretty sure that the ribbon controlling aperture inside my Canon EF-S 55-250mm ...
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What are the repair prospects for classic cameras after the current generation of experts retires?

Several makes of classic (i.e., old) film cameras have just one or two people consistently recommended for repairs. Typically, these are retired factory techs from when the cameras were current, and ...
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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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Why isn't my DSLR's viewfinder showing focus correctly after removing it for cleaning?

I've tried to clean focusing screen of my Nikon D750 by removing it out of the body and placed it back after cleaning. From then on, the focusing is acting weird. When I look through the viewfinder, ...
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Canon DSLR photos underexposed [duplicate]

I have a canon DSLR and even in Manual mode or with proper settings, I have to bump aperture, shutter speeed AND ISO to get photos to be even CLOSE to the right exposure. Currently have my ISO set to ...
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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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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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Should the aperture ring of a Canonet GIII QL17 have detent stops all the way round?

I'm repairing one, and don't currently have another to compare it with. The aperture ring has detent stops on the A/28/20/14 positions, but through the the f-stops section it rotates continuously, ...
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How can difficulty removing lenses from a Canon Rebel T5 be fixed?

I recently noticed that it's becoming difficult to remove lenses. The lens release button is difficult to depress. I have to press it hard and move my thumb around to get it to release.  The cameras ...
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Were there multiple versions of the Ricoh 500G?

Some years ago, the shutter release button on my wonderful Ricoh 500G suddenly began to jam at the bottom of its travel. I took apart the camera and minutely examined the mechanism; the shaft of the ...
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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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How is the yellow patch focusing applied in a rangefinder mechanism, and can it be renewed?

What is the yellow patch in a rangefinder made of, and how is it applied? (Maybe other colours are used, but all the ones I've seen have been yellow.) It's clearly extremely delicate, and I've read ...
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Canon EOS 1100D not turning on [closed]

I am capturing some models today when my Canon 1100D suddenly switched off. I tried all I could, re-inserting the battery and memory card, recharging the battery, re-attach the lens. But all to no ...

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