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Images taken in full sun are just diagonal slits with black on sides

Several images apparently are showing me the shutter half closed, with the image shown as a **** through the center. I have used the camera without this problem for 5 months, and 3 days after this with no problem. The shots were taken outdoors with auto setting. 9 were like this - all on full zoom.

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  • Sandra Jaronski Sep 03, 2008

    No - only 9 of 60 were bad. One shot taken between the bad images was close up, zoom retracted, and it was fine. 30 taken after the bad images were fine.

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Does it look like that in all of the pictures?

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