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BLACK SCREEN I CAN NOT TAKE PICTURES

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  • twin322 Oct 06, 2008

    The described solution isn't working yet for me. When I pop open the battery lid, a beep sounds. Is that supposed to happen?

  • PaintnWiz Oct 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. Where is the shutter speed?

  • angeloup Dec 11, 2008

    First, my screen was black and depressing shutter button would not take a picture. Taking video would result in black video. But I tried the suggested solution and the situation gradually improved. So, I think the problem (iris stuck) is identified correctly, but maybe their are also some other things 'stuck'.

    Is there some way to clean, or warm, or de-humidify, or whatever, the camera so that all parts work smoothly?


  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    Thank you, worked great!

  • garypender Feb 02, 2009

    I had the same problem - hadn't used my S2 IS in months - used the technique suggested - probably `10-12 times - it finally worked!

    Thanks

    Gary P.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    can u possibly do a set by set which button to press direction, please. I'm not too keen on what you mean by the shutter button, do you mean the take a picture button?

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    great!! thank you !! now it works fine (after 6 times)


  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    black screen

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    Had the same problem was going to take in for repair, instead tried your solution... worked GREAT! Thanks. :)

  • WBCIII Feb 27, 2009

    I also have the same problem. Sending it back to Canon to see what they say. I tried the solution posted with no luck. I will let yall know as soon as Canon gets back to me. With everyone having the same problem, you would think Canon would issue a recall or repair cameras with this issue free of charge.

  • advoc21 Mar 02, 2009

    FANTASTIC! Your solution worked! Thanks a million!!

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    Same problem, solution worked perfectly!!! Took me 5 tries to unstick the iris. Thanks.

  • jpubaugh Mar 29, 2009

    Same problem - worked after 7th time!  I had to slap it too - what have you got to lose anyway?  It came back kind of dim so I repeated the process a few more times and now it's working fine.

  • guitarsoul Mar 29, 2009

    Have same problem. Camera was used everyday for 2.5 yrs until 1 yr ago when the black LCD & viewfinder started. Photo settings do appear on the screens when set to appropriate "DISP" modes, but no picture. I tried your "TV" shutter suggestion at least 15X with no success. I do notice that when the camera is turned on into "shooting" mode, the lens is noisier than I remember as it extends out. It may be dragging a little and may be part of the problem. I tried to video record - sound ok, but still no picture on playback either on the LCD screen or on my Plasma TV using the Video/Audio out jack & cable.



    Although it did not work for me, thanks for the suggestion. Any other suggestions?



    Based on cost to fix by Canon last yr, I bought a S5IS a yr ago, and I now a SX10IS.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I have the same problem. I will try your suggestion and post results.

    Thanks

  • ivaf100 Apr 05, 2009

    I want to thank you guys. I thought my camera was ready for the trash. I wish I had found this site before I purchased another cheaper camera. I tried your fix and my display started working on the second try. My only question, is there any way to prevent the aperture from sticking in the future. Thanks again for a great "cheap fix".

  • roseshyne200 Apr 07, 2009

    Have same problem Photo settings do appear on the screens when set to appropriate "DISP" modes, but no picture. I tried your "TV" shutter suggestion at least 15X with no success. I do notice that when the camera is turned on into "shooting" mode, the lens is noisier than I remember as it extends out. It may be dragging a little and may be part of the problem. I tried to video record - sound ok, but still no picture on playback either on the LCD screen or on my Plasma TV using the Video/Audio out jack & cable.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    Had the same problem, and the described solution worked. I had to repeat the procedure several times, then everything is OK.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    I have the black screen problem. Sometimes I have to turn on and off the camera for three to five times before I can take a picture. I tried out suggestion once and the camera works again! Thanks a million.

  • Wesley Elsberry
    Wesley Elsberry May 11, 2010

    Can you not take pictures, or is it that a completely black image results if you do press the shutter button?

    In the case where you get a black image, the following may be of help:

    This is a common problem in older Canon S2 IS cameras,
    especially ones that have not been regularly used. What happens is that
    the lens iris gets stuck at a small aperture. Most often you can get
    function back. Here's how:

    Turn the camera on in shooting mode.

    Turn the mode selector to shutter priority ("Tv").

    Use the four-way button on the back to set the shutter speed to 15 seconds. That's right, 15 seconds.

    Press the shutter release. Count to seven, then pop open the battery compartment.

    Wait several seconds, then close the battery compartment.

    You
    may need to repeat the above sequence several times to unstick the
    iris. If that does not accomplish it, you will likely have to send the
    camera in for repair.

    Once you have it working again, you should use the camera regularly to keep it from sticking again.



  • ken burk Jun 14, 2012

    OMG! the fix worked like a charm. I did not expect that. Thanks so much for the advice.

  • alicefillion Dec 12, 2012

    Well, I had the same problem with my Canon S3 IS. Was skeptical, but tried this solution. And, what do you know, it works!!! Thank you so much, saved me money on having it repaired. By the way, I had to do the solution about 10 times. So very happy now!

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I have the same problem with my Canon S3 IS. I was about to buy a new camera and somehow bumped into this post. I tried this solution twice and it WORKS. Thanks a lot.

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  • cive1em May 28, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Canon S3 IS. I was about to buy a new camera and somehow bumped into this post. I tried this solution twice and it WORKS. Thanks a lot.

  • cive1em May 28, 2009

    Sorry. Not sure how to add comments on the first solution. Just curious. How can I delete my post.

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Thanks a lot for the suggestion. Even I had the same problem and above tip helped me to resolve the issue.

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Thanks so much for great solution-ingenious!

Posted on Mar 15, 2010

Hello welsberr, than for your idea from germany. Seems tham my Canon S2 IS had the same problem you described. I ould bring it in working order with your description.


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I had the same problem with my Canon S2 IS. I tried this solution and it WORKS. Thanks a lot.
Srini

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  • aa88 Sep 28, 2010

    Thank you so much for the detailed explanation! I was amazed to see tha it worked for me!
    God bless you !!!

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