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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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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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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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How to fix an image sensor damaged by long sun exposures?

I took a number of shots of the sun during mid-afternoon and now all my images have pink spot where the sun was. Is there anyway to fix this, or is it permanently damaged? The camera was pointed at ...
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How can I fix a broken lens/autofocus?

My 35mm f2 canon lens's autofocus has stopped working. In manual focus mode the focus wheel is locked, and in autofocus mode the focus wheel spins freely but does not change the focus at all. In ...
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How can I test whether my camera is working after it was dropped?

Issue : How can I evaluate my cameras performance synthetically? Scenario : Bought a Nikon D3100 an year back. Photos looked good enough. The camera fell, zoom lens effected. But works. Cleaned lens ...
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Is it worth repairing a broken kit lens?

I dropped my camera while on holiday last summer. Thankfully, my camera wasn't damaged but the kit lens has lost the ability to autofocus and the UV filter and 58mm to 52mm filter step-down (I use it ...
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How can I remove scratches from a lens?

How can I clean a lens (fisheye) scratches? I heard about peanut butter rubbing alcohol car paint scratch removal solution any other? like an abrasive tool etc
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How to do DIY repair of rubber grips on Nikon cameras?

The rubber grip is peeling away from my D700, just near the autofocus mode selection switch. That whole (tiny) section of the grib is pretty much coming away. How can I do a DIY repair? What ...
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I cannot open the internal flash on my Canon 60D camera; how do I fix it?

I tried opening the internal flash on my Canon 60D camera the other day and it didn't open at all. I couldn't understand why. After messing around in the menus, I found out that the camera thinks that ...
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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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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 ...
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How to recover data from a damaged/chewed up SD card?

In short, my new puppy chewed up my SD card. I took the card out of the camera after a shoot to back it up onto an external hard drive. I then decided to grab a glass of water. As I was filling up the ...
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Where can I get replacement parts for Canon cameras?

My son accidentally cracked a glass on the back of the camera. It is not an LCD itself, but rather a protective cover over the LCD. I took the camera to photo store and they said they can order the ...
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What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus?

I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX I bought for my Nikon D5100, it's only a couple months old, never been dropped or anything, and it all of a sudden won't auto focus. Anyone know if this is a simple ...
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How can I tell if the built-in flash on my dSLR is broken beyond self-repair?

My built-in flash D50 is broken. It is popping up, but it isn't flashing. It fell down, so is it broken, or can I still fix it?
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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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What causes the focus confirmation lights to blur?

I recently saw that the red lights on some of the focus points are blurred. The lights in this picture are lights shown during the selection of focus points. As you can see the lights in the lower ...
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Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII - Aperture not working?

My question is pretty straightforward: this lens' aperture stopped working for some reason. What could it be the cause? Me and a friend of mine tried it in studio, attached to a D750, and when we ...
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How much does it cost to repair a dropped (borrowed) 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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How to remove stuck 50mm lens from Canon 600D?

I have the Canon 600D and the "nifty fifty" 50mm f/1.8 that cost around 100$. One day when I was trying to switch lenses, I pressed on the lens release button, started twisting the 50mm, and around 1/...
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Can you remove scratches from a lens with peanut butter?

An article appeared on Apartment Therapy that claimed that a scratched camera lens can be repaired using peanut butter and/or toothpaste. This strikes me as a horrible idea that could make a bad ...
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How to elimitate light leakage in my Zenit-B SLR?

This question is related to Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR? I found that the problem is in the shutter. When it is cocked left shutter blind looks like that (...
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How can I fix the flash in a Nikon D80 camera?

How do I remove and replace the built-in flash in a Nikon D80?
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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 make this image appear OK on an average monitor?

I have taken a portrait picture which has to look good. It does look good on the Dell 2410 I use for editing. On the garden variety Fujitsu I use as a secondary monitor, it is terrible. In the face, ...
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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 do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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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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How many moving elements in a Canon A490?

I got mugged a few days ago, but got my camera back in the end. Bonus: I got some sand too. I now have the camera in pieces, cleaning them as I go along, and the lens barrel extends and retracts ...
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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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Servicing a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929 - how to open the lens assembly?

I recently acquired a Voigtlander Bessa from 1929. It works but there's a dead insect into the lens assembly (between the glasses) and some fungus/dust. I'm trying to open it to remove the insect and ...
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How to repair when a DSLR was infected by computer worm or virus?

It happened to me just now. I thought at first it was my SD Card that was infected, so, I scanned it and even reformatted it, then it was okay. But when I inserted it to my DSLR, and took some shots,...
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How best to repair water damage

I have some irritating behaviour on my Sony NEX5. It was unfortunately a bit water damaged, but through days of meticulous drying it seems to be behaving itself a little better. However, now it's ...
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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 ...