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For questions about the repairing of equipment.

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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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How to diagnose old Canon EF 35-105mm lens with autofocus motor too weak to reliably rotate lens barrel?

I bought a couple of old Canon EF lenses and they are very slow at autofocusing on my 350D. The worst offender is the EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM. This lens regularly gives up moving the barrel after a ...
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I dropped my pentax 67 (not 6x7) and the shutter won't fire — how can I determine what's wrong?

I dropped it and now it will not fire. How can I diagnose the problem myself? And, once I have figured that out, how can I learn to fix it?
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My secondary mirror won’t go up with the main mirror? [duplicate]

I don’t see that anything is broken it just doesn’t follow the main mirror i push it up manually and it stays up but when taking a picture it doesn’t go up with the main mirror it stays down making my ...
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The lower half of my pictures are black and the rest is normal?

I have a Canon Rebel T3 and everything was working fine when today I took it out to take some shots half of my pics and videos are black nothing is stuck the mirror mechanisam seems to work fine .. ...
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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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How can I reattach the wire that locks the D500 focus screen in place?

The piece of wire that locks the focusing screen of my Nikon D500 has come loose completely. I cannot figure out where the two loops of the wire reattach, and I was wondering if this is an easy fix ...
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How can I seal the sticky rubber on a aging Sigma lens?

I have been gifted an old Sigma lens from around the early 90s, but as is common with the soft touch rubberised coating on lenses of this age, the material has started to degrade and has become sticky....
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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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What can I do if the “straight keys” in my Nikon lens are bent?

I have a Nikon DX SWM ED 18-55mm Autofocus lens that broke down. It got stuck and I decided to take the lens apart. It turned out that the flare cutter had come out somehow. Now the problem is with ...
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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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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 stopped focusing? [duplicate]

I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 that refuses to autofocus. When I mount the lens, turn on the camera, and press the buttons to begin autofocusing, nothing happens. I don't even hear the AF motor trying ...
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Failure of specific AF points after repairing my dSLR

I needed to repair the controls of my Canon 6D, after it received kitten damage. After re-assembly, I noticed that the middle column of AF points did not focus at all. They blink as normal when they ...
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How do I fix a loose aperture ring?

I currently have a Nikkor 10-24mm lens which has a loose aperture ring. It can still focus on M/A mode but I need to hold the lens in the right position, otherwise my camera cannot do any focussing at ...
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Repair shop says my dropped Sigma Art lens is a write-off — but can I fix it myself?

I recently dropped my new Sigma Art 1.8 14mm lens (and 5dii). The lens has some pretty bad cosmetic damage and a few small scratches on the front element. But overall it would still be usable if I ...
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Nikon D90 light meter broken or not being exposed?

I have a Nikon D90 that had an unfortunate fall. Since then, if I have it in any mode except manual it throws up an Err. If I use it in manual and follow its exposure guide in the view finder it ...
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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 to fix a loose zoom ring on a Canon 17-40mm?

I'm trying to fix a Canon 17-40mm with loose screws under the zoom ring. I saw that there is a simple way to replace the screws on the zoom ring of the 17-40mm Canon zoom lens. I slipped off the ...
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Self repair for broken autofocus on Nikon F55

I have recently inherited a Nikon F55 with a Nikkor 28-100mm lens which came with the camera when new. The lens has worked well enough in the past (it is my Dad's camera, and I remember it working ...
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How do I disassemble FujiFilm X-T1 camera to disable the ISO dial lock button protection?

I'm sure many people dislike the awful ISO dial lock switch on the FujiFilm X-T1 cameras. Fuji fixed it on the X-T2 by replacing it with a toggle switch. But frankly, I think most photographers use ...
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Why is my Samsung NX1000 taking completely black photos and what can I do about it?

Since a week or so my Samsung NX 1000 camera is capturing completely black photos. Not all of them, just about the 50%. (The first one after switching the camera on or changing mode normally is ok) ...
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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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How do I unjam a Hasselblad 500 C/M body when the lens was removed uncocked?

I've recently been learning how to use a Hasselblad 500 C/M. Foolishly, I removed the lens in an uncocked state, causing the lens and body to become out of sync. Through YouTube videos, I have figured ...
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How does the position of my camera affect how the shutter performs?

I have a Speed Graphic Pacemaker. I suppose that everything works fine, except for the focal plane shutter at the back. All the speeds seem to be accurate when the camera is sitting normally, but when ...
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How would I be able to properly calibrate the Kalart Rangefinder on a Speed Graphic?

The Kalart Rangefinder on my Speed Graphic was out of sync and I tried recalbrating it. However, on this camera it appears that there are two ways to adjust the position of the lens. There appears to ...
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Can alignment of the bed rails of a Speed Graphic be repaired?

I own a Speed Graphic (not sure how old but anyways) that is in almost perfect condition (from a working point of view) the focal plane shutter works at all speeds, nothing is really damaged, etc, ...
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Yashica TL-Electro - mirror locks up at slower speeds, shutter partially jams

I have recently acquired a Yashica TL-Electro film camera. Unfortunately, there are two problems with it. First one is that on very slow shutter speeds (1 second - 1/30 second) the mirror gets ...
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Lens Error on a Powershot sx30 IS

I have a Canon Powershot SX30IS and I keep getting a lens error. I was taking pics outside on a clear cold day in wintertime and my camera just displayed that message and shut down. I powered my ...
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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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Toma M900 Novacam I: My film winder does not advance film properly

I just bought an old Toma M900 Novacam I (automatic point and shoot) at a dollar store. Everything seems to be working find the first time I put batteries on it. However, when I tried to test the ...
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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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How to fix broken Canon 450d mode dial

While using my 450d the other day, the mode dial suddenly popped of when turning the camera off. The repair will probably cost more than buying a similar camera nowadays, so I want to try fixing it ...
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Why does my flash “click” without emitting any light?

I just ordered an Insignia ring flash and it seems not to work. When I press the Test button, or short pins on the hot shoe, or use it on camera, all I get is the characteristic sound ("Click") as if ...
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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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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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Nikon 18-55: fix shifted focus range

Short version After an attempt to fix a broken Nikon 18-55 VR, the focus range has shifted. Now it focuses from very close to to maybe 30 cm beyond the lens, but not to infinity. How can I fix this?...
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How to fix a bent lens mount hook?

I dropped my lens and it got bent at the little metal hooks 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 below the ...
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Why is my Canon 600D not turning on?

My Canon 600D was working fine till the last two months when issues started rising. When I switch it on, I don't see the red blinking light and it's not turning on. The last time, I removed the ...
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AF failure in a Sigma lens, what could it be?

I recently gave my Sigma 85mm DG EX HSM for repair to a local camera repair shop to fix the MF ring which did not feel "normal" after an old lens drop. When I got it back, the MF was indeed easier but ...
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How do I disassemble my Canon 18-55mm lens to repair water damage inside it?

My Canon 18-55mm lens has residue on the inside of the lens. I'm trying to take it apart, but I've tried 8 different screw drivers and these screws won't budge. What else can I try?
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How to reattach the decoration ring of a lens

Context So I've been using my Pentax Super Takumar 50/1.4 and I've loved it since I got it. Recently I've discovered that the decoration ring (image below) has loosened and is breaking away from the ...
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The top of my lens is “loose” — will this affect performance?

I recently bought a used 70-200 f/4L (non IS) for a super low price (about $200). It looks perfect, and the optical performance is out of the box good. BUT the top of it (the actual top of the lens), ...
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How can I repair a broken lens?

The lens is a Canon EF-S 18-55mm. I recently dropped my camera from the tripod falling over while I was recording, now the camera won't AF and MF is very hard. It gets stuck easily when I try to MF ...
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What does it cost to repair a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens?

I recently loaned my Zoom lens out and it came back damaged. What would it cost to repair it? Should I just get a new lens?
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Should I go ahead with the lens repair? [closed]

My Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM (Mark I), needs to be repaired and it'll cost me $500. Should I get it repaired? I know that if I buy it again secondhand on eBay, it'll cost about $850. I have been ...
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Is this streak across multiple photos from a (35mm) Zenit 12SD caused by a light leak?

I've shot two rolls so far on my Zenit 12SD (1990). One was 400 tmax and the other was an Agfa 200. On the first roll, maybe 2 of the 36 photos were affected by the light leak. In the second roll (...