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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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How do I disassemble my Canon 18-55mm lens to repair water damage inside it?

Taking apart lens to fix yourself isn't usually a good idea. Due to the precision in optics, lens assembly is only ever really done by professionals who know what they're doing, have access to ...
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How do I disassemble my Canon 18-55mm lens to repair water damage inside it?

If you need to ask what kind of screwdriver you need to disassemble a lens you probably shouldn't consider taking your lens apart. It's highly unlikely you'll ever be able to get it together again ...
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How do I disassemble FujiFilm X-T1 camera to disable the ISO dial lock button protection?

How to disassemble / take apart Fujifilm X-T1 and how to disable ISO Dial lock switch. It is relatively easy to take apart FujiFilm X-T1. You only need one type of screwdriver, although the screws ...
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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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Why isn't my DSLR's viewfinder showing focus correctly after removing it for cleaning?

Solved. I accidentally placed the focusing screen by flipping it on other side which made in focus objects blurry. I corrected it and it's back to normal now.
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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 do I disassemble my Canon 18-55mm lens to repair water damage inside it?

Need this lens cleaned by next weekend! Please help!! No you don't. You need this type of lens or similar one by next weekend, but not exactly this unit. Chances are something goes wrong during your "...
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Canon 18-55mm lens giving err01 after it fell down

whether lens could be repaired without loosing big amount of money? Whatever the damage, repairing the 18-55 almost certainly isn't worth it. People upgrading sell them for not very much, just get a ...
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

That's how it's meant to look. Refer the manual from Canon's website, page 23: Refer also p36: the top LCD should be the same.
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How can I remove scratches from a lens?

If the scratches don't affect the optical performance of the lens sufficiently to be perceptible in your photos the best course of action you could take is to do nothing. It takes a LOT of damage from ...
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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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Canon 18-55mm lens giving err01 after it fell down

The black obstruction looks like a detached aperture blade. This is a seriously damaged lens. Repairing it would at least require it to be dismantled and the aperture blades replaced. Possibly there ...
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How can I remove scratches from a lens?

There is really no way to remove scratches. You would destroy the optical coatings long before the scratch was gone. Scratches on the front element have almost no effect on image quality, but you may ...
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What should I use to re-stick the thumb rest on a Canon 550D?

Both the official Canon replacement part and many of the third party replacement parts offered on eBay show 3M tape already attached to the back of the replacement grip. I'd follow their lead as ...
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Old photos (plusmin 25) years seem to be glued together: a solution?

The usual coating of photographic paper consists of (hardened) gelatin, together with a lot of other chemicals. Unless it has some extra protectional coating as described on this wikipedia image the ...
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How to Bond Leg that I Broke of my Mini-Tripod?

I would throw it away and buy a replacement. Even if I could fix it, I don't think I'd trust it to hold my camera. If it breaks again with the camera on it, the camera may only fall a few inches or a ...
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How do I disassemble my Canon 18-55mm lens to repair water damage inside it?

Given that you're talking water damage, and that the lens is probably already trashed, I'm not sure you can do any more harm to the lens if it's not working at all. An 18-55 kit is cheap enough that ...
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Why is my Canon 600D not turning on?

If I were you, I'd go ahead and buy another battery on Amazon. If a new battery fixes it, dispose of your old one, and you're good for $15. If not, it might be an internal problem and you'd probably ...
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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 can I know if two lenses have interchangeable elements?

Sadly, you can't, without taking them apart to find out. Unfortunately, it's not reliable to assume anything about the construction of photographic equipment. Even if two instances of what is ...
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How can I replace this clear plastic rectangle from inside of my DSLR piece?

That's a 'focusing screen'. You can easily obtain it either from the manufacturer directly, or from a camera store. For example from Adorama Typically, for one model of camera there will be a few ...
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

I was just wondering is it meant to be there or is it manufacturing error? It's definitely intentional -- it's the same in the viewfinder and on the top LCD on my Canon 6D. However, the icon on the ...
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What can I do when I accidentally powered a Sony A7s II with 20v instead of 9v?

I think you really know the answer here in your heart. You broke it. Pretty much the only place that can fix it is the vendor — Sony. The electronics are fried. Someone needs to figure out what ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

Just to complete this - my camera went to Olympus AU who diagnosed a faulty shutter mechanism. they tell me that is a replacement not a repair - but I think these service centres are lazy when it ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

Just wanted to put my experience out there. Had this identical problem which is why I found this discussion. Determined to test everything in a hope to get it working I found a solution which worked ...
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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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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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How can I know if two lenses have interchangeable elements?

Almost every piece of every modern lens from the major manufacturers has a part number. If you can access the service manuals for the two lenses in question you can compare the part numbers. If the ...
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How to figure out the order of lens elements in the rear group?

Note whether there are any symptoms that indicate the elements may be out of order, flipped, or misaligned. There are other reasons lenses may not focus as expected that aren't related to elements ...
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