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How many pictures can you take with a Sony mirrorless camera before the sensor fails?

Unlike a mirrored camera, there is little likelihood of the sensing system in a mirrorless camera suffering a catastrophic failure so it is really up to your "taste" to determine when a sensor is too ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

UV light will kill the fungus, so all you need to do is let the lens be exposed to sunlight for a few days. Be sure to remove any UV filter you might have attached to the front of the lens. ...
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How many pictures can you take with a Sony mirrorless camera before the sensor fails?

The sensor on a digital camera is a solid-state device, and while theoretically degradation is possible, in practice, they last basically forever. Don't worry about it. On the other hand, the ...
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Black dots appear in photos

Dust in a DSLR generally ends up on top of a thin layer of glass(like) above the sensor, usually an anti-alias filter. Even on cameras without AA filters there is still usually a layer of glass (or ...
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

It sounds like keeping this printer alive is a burden that you don't even want to put on the shoulders of somebody else. Instead, use the situation to your advantage and the person taking care of your ...
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Is it dangerous to use Auto Sensor Cleaning with lens attached?

No. It's fine; I can't imagine why there might be a problem. Automatic sensor cleaning generally works by shaking the sensor a small amount at high frequency. This doesn't get anywhere near the lens (...
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What maintenance does a negative scanner need?

The Nikon scanners do not require regular maintenance. They are however quite prone to dirt and dust. Your best bet keeping the scanner running problem free for a long time is to store it in a clean ...
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How to properly polish phone camera plastic cover?

The problem is, any clear piece of plastic or glass that is not FLAT to an extremely precise standard is going to act as a lens or prism of some sort, adding distortions and aberrations. Using a ...
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Are there alternatives to the WP-G1000 silicone grease?

The Nikon grease can still be found; Ace Photo in VA says they have it in stock. But I'm fairly certain there is nothing particularly special about it. Fantasea O-ring grease would be a suitable ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

UV lamps are available in the market. It would be better to put the lenses in an ordinary stainless steel container and put the UV on for few hours; don't look at it while it's on. I think it's ...
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

Ink dries. Small air/ink channels can clog when ink dries. Printer dots (and therefore nozzles) are really small. That's pretty much the reasoning behind having to constantly use an inkjet printer to ...
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How can I remove the Timer lever on a Pentax ME Super?

Here you go... http://www.pickmycamera.net/service-pentax-mesuper/ According to the article they have a special tool to remove the timer lever
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

I have had a small amount of fungus in some second-hand lenses, I took the rear and front caps off, went out on a very sunny day, and had the sunlight shine directly through them(not attached to the ...
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How to smoothen a tripod's head movement?

Force some talcum powder (or better yet, powdered graphite) into the friction surfaces of the head. This works like little ball bearings for the plastic-on-plastic rubbing of a cheap tripod head. ...
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What is the best way to clean internal lens elements?

The coating was probably already damaged by the fungus, not the alcohol. Though you should consider using a lower concentration (70-90%) like a normal person. PetaPixel: How to Remove Fungus from a ...
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What should I check to make sure my camera is okay after sending it in for service?

As a beginner, you should assume that the professional shop you sent the camera to did their job. Verify that whatever problem you sent it in for is fixed, and then carry on shooting as normal. ...
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What should I check to make sure my camera is okay after sending it in for service?

If it’s specifically undergone sensor cleaning, then test this by photographing a white wall at f/22. Look for dust. Is it better than before you sent it in? If yes, carry on. If no, contact your ...
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What are some good resources for getting started with a large roll printer?

Create yourself a proper editing/printing workflow, this will ensure that what you attempt to print will meet your expectations. Different combinations of papers and ink sets will all provide a ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

My supplier in India uses sunlight only. He is using a cannon camera since 30 years and puts it in sunlight every two months. He is very happy and also I .
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How can I keep an inkjet printer in good shape when I won't be around for half a year?

You could turn the printer off, make sure that the head is properly parked and the printer is not placed in too warm and dry place. When you come back, run cleaning and unclog it. The wasted ink ...
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Eccentric/collimating mechanisms in lenses - do they compensate for glass or mechanics?

Do these correct for inaccuracies in the way the glass is manufactured (eg the lenses themselves having eccentric rims), or for inaccuracies in all the concentric metalwork? Most such adjustments ...
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What is the best way to clean internal lens elements?

Some hints from someone who dabbled in it: -Invest in some actually dust and lint free paper towels for drying things. It's good for your sanity. -Contact lens lifters are very helpful in handling ...
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How to properly polish phone camera plastic cover?

Polishing is only the last step in a series of steps to get a clear finish. First, you need to get out the scratches, which you do by (counter intuitively) adding more (but smaller) scratches. ...
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Safe Deposit Boxes & Dehumidifiers

If you are concerned about fire, it is prudent to store flammable materials in a fireproof box. If you are in an area prone to flooding, you might consider keeping your film and photographs offsite (...
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Pentax lens focus ring snapping

The mechanisms are linked. There is probably some debris that entered the lens and is stuck in the gears, so the gears have worn out. In either case, you must sent it to be repaired. This did happen ...
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What are some good resources for getting started with a large roll printer?

One easy step to save on ink and quality is to print different small-size versions of the same photo adjusted in Photoshop (levels, saturation, etc) and then picking visually the best. Then print this ...
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Identifying fingerprints on negatives & ultraviolet torches

Body oils are not in themselves fluorescing. No UV source will help you in this regard. Notwithstanding the value of the film itself, you can use an indirect method of 'lifting' contaminants from the ...
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Is PEC-12 effective at removing old fingerprints from film and negatives?

I have found nothing better than PEC-12. I have used it to take off permanent marker ink. I think it would take off old fingerprints unless they embedded in the emulsion or the finger oils have caused ...
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Help with dirty viewfinder

Because it's a difficult and long (30 minutes) procedure I'll give links, we can't copy verbatim all the text and swipe the person's photos to provide an answer. Here are four very similar methods ...
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Black dots appear in photos

You have dust on the sensor. The image without a lens is so overexposed that the little shadow the dust makes is overwhelmed. The shadow is also very diffuse due to the light coming from a wide ...
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