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Black screen when I turn the camera on

When I turn the camera on, the lens moves out as its supposed to, its set to camera but I have a black screen and can't take a picture. The other options seem to be working as I can review my pictures just fine. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Re: Black screen when I turn the camera on

You could be suffering from a frozen Iris. This is the part of the lens which varies the amount of light entering the camera. Or the lens cover may not be opening when you switch on. Have you tried pushing the middle button of the 3 which run vertically on the rear of the camera below the mode switch. I had one on my bench a few weeks back which had an intermittent black screen. It started of as black and when I stripped it, cleaned all contacts and put it back together it the flashed on and off. I then stripped it again and went over every cable associated with the lens, CCD and video board checking them for breaks and recleaning them and bingo, everything came good. I have another 72 at the moment with a similar problem, I fixed the same way but got left with lines running across the picture. P72's aren't the best cameras picture wise and are close to the most troublesome, at least around here. For any of the above faults I'd recommend a visit to your local tech. Good luck. BMW

Posted on Jul 02, 2006

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