I can view images in playback mode, but no image registers on the LCD or finder otherwise.
This showed up in another submitted problem, and it was suggested that the problem was that the iris wasn't opening due to 'seized vanes on iris motor'. This appears to be what is happening with my camera, but how do you fix that? Should I even bother trying myself?
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Re: seized vanes on iris motor?
Well some good news, I hope. Your problems sounds like the Sony Blues. Read this from Sony and YES your camera the 717 is covered.
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If camera shows old taken pictures properly in playback mode but does not show live view to take fresh picture then it got known problem of ccd imager chip failure that will be replaced to get it fixed.
Canon offer free of cost ccd imager chip replacement for A95 model.
Click Canon CCD Imager Advisory for details.
There is two reasons. 1 is lens problem Then the shutter (iris motor) not working this sometimes sticks two shtterplates. If u can remove the iris motor & clean the plates & refix it again it can solve. It is very delicate u must be very careful. If iris motor problem u can find out very easly. When u power off the camera u place the camera's lens area to ur ear u can hear the click sound then lens is ok. if no click sound shutter is not working. 2. mostly ccd deffective or ccd drive circuit problem
sounds like the Iris control motor is not opening the Iris.....it might be stuck closed or no power to the Iris control motor. when you switch to camera mode, look into the lens assembly, you can actually see if the Iris is opening...if you don't see any movement, then your problem is the Iris, if you do see the iris opening, then your problem might be more severe such as the camera module itself....what ever the case, your camera needs to be opened up for service.
You probably have the lens cap on, the iris dial closed, or you are in vcr mode rather than camera mode. You may also have the nd filter set to 1/64th, this is only for bright sunlight. When shooting indoors with low light, set the nd filter to off and hit the iris button until iris manual appears on the lcd, then dial the iris dial in front of the iris button up or down to bring the iris to around 5.6 f stop.
there are two possible problem of your camera..1 may be the iris is not opening..try to look at inside of the lens you should see the iris will open when you turn off and on the the camera at the camera mode..if the iris in opening the 2nd problem maybe is the image sensor is deffective..in this case you have bring it to the service center....
Try playing back pictures you know were captured properly ( either with another properly working camera or with your camera before the problem with quality has appeared ). If the image is ok in playback but 'noisy' in capture mode then the CCD sensor is faulty /on its way out. Ask Canon if they repair CCD faults on this model free of charge.
i think the iris of your camera is not opening....it need to clean the iris by the lighter fluid cause of some grease that sticking in the iris...don't attempt to do this is you are not a technician...
If you can see images in play mode, previously taken pics, then check to see if iris is opening and closing, could be seized vanes on iris motor. Tap on the lens(just not on the glass) repeatedly, this might help jog the vanes open.
remove batteries, reinsert them after an hour, or a cup of coffee. If it persists press the reset button . all your settings will be cleared. Check to see if there's a second internal battery used for function memory, if there is, remove that one too for a while.
Sounds a lot like the global CCD sensor problems that most manucturers had last year, but I don't remember anything regarding panasonic in that context.
Use your warranty if valid
If you can see images in play mode, previously taken pics, then check to see if iris is opening and closing, could be seized vanes on iris motor.
If nothing is ever visible on LCD or the eyepiece, this is what the manual has to say- remove batteries, reinsert them after a minute. If it persists press the reset button with a fine tip, its located inside the memory stick/battery cover. all your settings will be cleared.
Use your warranty if valid