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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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Why don't people care any more about shutter speed accuracy?

Shutters are probably more accurate/reliable now, but more importantly with digital photography you get instant feedback so you can tell right away if there are any exposure problems, you're not going ...
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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

As was said, the mechanical shutter has speed limitations. As to the slit, try to imagine without it. Suppose the shutter opens by moving from top to bottom of frame. And then of course, it has to ...
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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

Thought experiment time. Assume we'd like a minimum exposure of 1/2000 of a second (500 microseconds) on a 35mm full frame camera. We have a single 'shutter' to move out of the way, and back. We'll ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of mechanical vs electronic shutter?

Fujifilm has a nice summary of the issues with each. Electronic Shutters (ES) have some interesting characteristics due to the way the image is read out of the sensor. Moving objects can be distorted, ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

I don't use Photoshop, so here it is done with Gimp, but I assume the same tools are available on PS: Use Wavelet decompose to decompose the image into its frequency components (these are images that ...
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Why are the tops of people's bodies missing from this photo taken with a tablet from a moving car?

Rolling shutter looks like the most obvious answer but I'd say it is a red herring. With rolling shutter the cyclists would not be cut in half as they are, they would be bent or warped through their ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

Most DLSRs with "silent" or "quiet" shutter modes don't change the speed at which the shutter is operated at all. The transit time each curtain takes to traverse the height of the sensor is constant ...
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If a rolling shutter travels from top to bottom, why does this image seem to show skew in the other direction?

You are correct that the image is inverted as it is projected on the sensor and that the mechanical shutter reveals the bottom of the scene before the top of the scene. What you have missed is that ...
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DSLR or Mirrorless for Helicopters with doors off?

Mirrorless or DSLR doesn't really matter. Use whichever lens-body combination gives you the best reduction of vibrations that are relatively slow in frequency but very deep in amplitude. Smaller ...
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Shutter speed calibration

Calibrating your Shutter Speed Unless you are performing photographic telemetry or a variety of other niche scientific measurements, the only reason to know the exact length of your exposure is to ...
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How is uniform exposure achieved when using a leaf shutter?

There are actually a variety of leaf shutter designs, so a single answer might not be entirely appropriate... but it seems apparent that you are talking about the in-lens aperture diaphragm type. ...
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What is a rolling shutter? When do I have to be aware of it?

The rolling shutter is a method of image capture which is not by taking a snapshot of the entire scene at single instant in time, but rather by scanning across the scene rapidly (vertically or ...
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Why are the tops of people's bodies missing from this photo taken with a tablet from a moving car?

This is very likely the result of an automatic HDR mode. Because of the apparent high contrast of the scene, the camera app tried to blend multiple pictures of the scene with different exposures ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

This "banding" is caused by the primary light source in the image varying in intensity over time, and by the (electronic) rolling shutter in the camera converting this variation over time ...
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How is uniform exposure achieved when using a leaf shutter?

The best way of approaching this might be by thinking of the aperture. A stopped down aperture does not only project light on the centre of film plane. Instead, the entire film plane is exposed more ...
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What is the origin of the iconic shutter sound in TV/movies and on phones?

From the horse's mouth... A quote from Jim Reekes, creator of the Mac startup & camera sounds [amongst other things] from his own site - The Story of Sosumi and the Mac Startup Sound One of ...
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How long can a shutter be cocked before it is damaged?

I have been doing this stuff since the 1950’s, I have never actually seen damage to a camera due to the springs taking a set due to prolonged cocking. Not to say that can’t happen as I was taught not ...
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Why does electronic first curtain shutter affect rendering of blurred backgrounds?

The reason for the phenomenon is that at wide apertures in good light necessitating a fast shutter speed, most of the exposure is coming from a very narrow traveling slit between the first and second ...
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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

Put it in Manual (M) mode and roll the wheel until it shows 'Bulb' on the display. Press and hold the shutter button for the desired length of time. You don't need a remote, but it helps to prevent ...
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What's the point of a shutter when the sensor is clearly working all the time to provide live view?

On the screen at the back of the camera, a preview is constantly shown. I assume this preview is made by light hitting the sensor constantly. So this must require the shutter/aperture to be ...
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Why do I have to press the shutter button twice to take a photo with my Canon DSLR?

You have probably enabled mirror lockup. The purpose of mirror lockup is to allow the slight vibrations caused by the movement of the mirror to dissipate before the shutter is opened. This is mostly ...
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If a rolling shutter travels from top to bottom, why does this image seem to show skew in the other direction?

Yes, you are right, the effect is opposite from what we would expect from a shutter moving downwards. And this is because the shutter moved upwards, or, more specifically, it was the electronic ...
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What are the pros and cons of mechanical vs electronic shutter?

One problem with electronic shutter is that it's sometimes combined with mechanical shutter, so that there's electronic first curtain (simple to implement, just gradually release the photosites at the ...
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Why does my Nikon FE occasionally fire at ¹⁄₉₀th regardless of setting?

1/90th of a second is the limit of the cameras shutter speed with out electronic assistance. On your shutter dial you should see it listed as "M90", the "M" standing for mechanical. My first course ...
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Do focal plane shutters typically go left-right or up-down?

The overwhelming majority of modern cameras with focal plane shutters go from the top to the bottom in the light box. Since the image projected by the lens onto the sensor is inverted, this means the ...
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Why don't people care any more about shutter speed accuracy?

In most of old cameras (film) people are concerned about shutter speed accuracy at all speeds Shutter speed has a direct bearing on exposure. With digital cameras, you find out more or less ...
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Why does the mirror open and close for every photo in burst mode?

Mirror moves so that you can track image in real time, framing object better and keeping eye on surroundings. Also, when mirror comes back to normal position, so does AF/AE system. In some DSLRs (...
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How can an electronic shutter reduce dynamic range?

The review has pictures to confirm higher noise of electronic shutter at similar settings, so it's not just a matter of prejudice. On some recent models, e.g. GH4 and GM1, Panasonic has been caught ...
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