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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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Is it safe to zoom while taking a photo for the effect?

Provided your lens isn't a power zoom (fairly rare, these lenses have motors that drive the zoom mechanism), then no you will not damage either camera or lens.
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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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Can videoing burning magnesium damage a camera sensor?

Here is a methodology to find it: Prepare a white screen on you computer, for example a white document in GIMP. Take an out-of-focus photo, for example, focus at infinity and the widest aperture to ...
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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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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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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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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 are these blue/purple spots visible underneath the front element of my lens?

That looks like fungus. Here's some information from the Zeiss website regarding fungus. If it is fungus you may be able to halt its progress with an ultraviolet light source (removing the lens and ...
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Is it safe to zoom while taking a photo for the effect?

Moving elements around in the lens or changing its size (most lenses get longer or shorter when zoomed) will necessarily move air around. Doing so while the shutter is open may allow dust to get on ...
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How long do DSLR cameras last?

If your friend is truly referring to photographers that take thousands of images per week, yes they likely will wear out the shutter in about a year or so. Note that the shutter can be replaced for a ...
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Why are there black dots on all photos taken with Sony phone?

It's highly unlikely that this many pixels on the sensor would become "dead" in quick succession, or in this pattern (groups of pixels, rather than individual pixels). This is clearly dust directly ...
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Why are there black dots on all photos taken with Sony phone?

Looks really bad. Normally, dust gets on top of the stack of optical filter which sits above the sensor. It then shows as small blurry disks which get smaller and darker at narrow apertures because ...
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Could my camera been damaged if it was shipped without packing materials?

Compact cameras like this are most vulnerable when the lens is extended. When off, it should be able to take a few knocks, and the manufacturer's own box should offer a little extra protection. ...
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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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