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What would be causing a thick black diagonal line in front of my camera's sensor?

From what I see this is element from the shutter. And my humble advise is to send your camera to repair shop, give it in to the hands of professional, do not try to repair it.
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

Send it to a data-recovery company. If you're lucky, the only damage is to the internal wiring of the card. A data-recovery company will be able to open up the card, pull out the memory chips, and ...
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Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions?

At very wide angles the danger is much less and taking photos with the sun in the field of view doesn't normally harm the camera or lens. When the sun is very low on the horizon the energy is also ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

I have the same lens. Your front element is not broken From your photo it looks like only a protective filter (UV?) broke. Notice the letters saying "16-35mm". They are printed on the ...
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What would be causing a thick black diagonal line in front of my camera's sensor?

The item obstructing the sensor is a shutter blade. Your shutter has failed and needs to be replaced. There's no hack or DYI solution for this problem. This is a hardware problem and not something ...
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

Since this is a full sized SD card, it is possible there is a MicroSD card inside the bigger package. If the inner card is not damaged, it may be extracted and read with suitable adapter. Like on ...
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DSLR in sand and salt water

You've got the right approach, but given that the electronics were powered up when the camera took it's swim in the sea, I think it's quite unlikely you'll restore function. Probably the best you can ...
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What damage could be caused by touching the rear part of a lens?

Don't worry about it. No, really, don't worry about it, and certainly don't panic. All that's going to happen if somebody touches a lens's glass is that it will get a bit of oil and muck on it, and ...
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How to fix a bent lens mount hook/tab?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is, "Am I sure the only damage to the lens is to the mounting flange?" The second thing you need to ask yourself is, "Considering the cost of a new EF 75-...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

I'm answering the question based on if it wasn't the UV filter you broke, in case anyone stumbles here in the future. Can I get it repaired? This honestly depends on the age of the lens. For ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards ("free-lensing") for macro photography cause damage?

Whenever you're freelensing (holding the lens against the camera, rather than securing mounting it), you do run the danger of getting stuff inside the camera body (including stray light), but as long ...
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

I think scottbb's answer is probably correct - but there's one other possibility that's worth checking, which might give similar symptoms. I have an SD card that wasn't being recognised by some ...
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Can the front glass on a broken lens be repaired?

Although it is hard to tell for certain from the included image, it looks like the only thing broken is a filter placed on the end of the lens. The first element of the EF 85mm f/1.8 lens itself is ...
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What happens if anti-reflective coating is fully ruined or removed from lens' most outer surface?

Up until the late 1940s and into the 1950s, camera lenses didn't have coatings. The result was much higher incidence of lens flare and reduced contrast in the presence of bright light sources. ...
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How to fix a bent lens mount hook/tab?

Check if you can somehow get this replaced/repaired for free by some expert due to warranty, insurance, etc. That would be the best solution. Find out the price that an expert repair costs or at least ...
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Can I damage my camera by shooting directly at a lightbulb in the ceiling?

The direct view intensity of an indoor electric lamp is generally lower than that of a specular reflection (say, from a car window or chrome hubcap) of the sun when outdoors -- but we don't see loud ...
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DSLR in sand and salt water

It's toast. Salt water is the most corrosive thing you can do to the electronics inside a DSLR that doesn't involve a vat of strong acid. Roger Cicala, the founder of lensrentals.com, has posted at ...
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What damage could be caused by touching the rear part of a lens?

The smudge diminishes general picture quality (adds some fuzziness) until you clean it away. If you get scratches, the same effect happens, just it is then permanent (as you can't clean scratches ...
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Can I do anything about a Nikon d750 taking 5 minutes to power on after taking saltwater damage?

Can I do anything about a Nikon... (with) saltwater damage? Since Nikon does not sell internal repair parts to other service centers or to end users, and does not repair water damaged cameras ...
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

If you want to get an idea of the probability and cost to recover your data, open up the card enclosure to see what's inside. It should look similar to this: Typically, you have a flash controller ...
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How long can an SD card last in salt water?

Thanks to everyone who responded. I hired a scuba diver and he found the camera (almost one week to the day in 20' of water). He rinsed the SD card for me before I picked it up. Put SD card I my ...
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Does a large scratch in an ND filter affect image quality?

It is impossible to say without trying the filter on the lens you intend to use it on and under the conditions you are going to use the combination. It is IMHO impossible just by a visual inspection ...
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When changing between manual and auto focus, should I change the setting on both the body and the lens?

In my experience, with some Nikon lenses, the focus ring won't move or it won't actually engage the focus, unless the switch on the lens is set to manual. So I personally find it easier to just leave ...
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Front element shattered, can I have my lens repaired?

From what I've seen online, front element replacement for Canon L lenses typically runs around $200. A good UV filter in that diameter is $60 (or more); to me, that's not a great price for insurance ...
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Could holding my camera lenses backwards ("free-lensing") for macro photography cause damage?

As far as I know, the only potential for damage is through hitting something with the exposed end of the lens, or with things ending up inside the lens. So long as you aren't shooting in wet or dusty ...
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Can I do anything about a Nikon d750 taking 5 minutes to power on after taking saltwater damage?

Salt water is very destructive. It is likely something is corroded in a way you can not fix yourself. Send it for repair. They may or may not decide that it's worth doing — you may be in for repair ...
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What could cause exposure problems after my camera got wet?

First things first: If your camera has gotten wet inside, turn it off and remove the battery IMMEDIATELY! The worst damage from getting compact electronics, such as cameras, wet with water that does ...
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After I dropped my lens, focus locks but images are blurry — what could be wrong?

If the drop knocked the optics in your lens out of proper alignment, it will be most noticeable at the wider apertures. Narrower apertures that give greater depth of field can help mask misaligned ...
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Is a water-damaged micro SD card likely to be readable?

Flash memory like SD and Micro SD cards is very robust, and flocculants in the water aren't likely to damage either the plastic housing of the card or the electronics. If the contact strips (often ...
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How to test my camera's hot-shoe without a flash at hand

Assuming your 5D is like my 70D: You can check the hot-shoe for "primitive" flash: you can measure the resistance between the side of the hot-shoe and the big central spot. Set the camera ...
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