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Can't see through viewfinder

I can't see through my viewfinder or the lcd screen when I take a photo. And yes, the lens cap is off. When I take the photo, the pictures comes out black. Any ideas????

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Re: Can't see through viewfinder

Yes it could be a bad CCD but let's not start condemning things at this stage. Grab a memory card which you know has pictures on or if you only have blank cards then put them in a card reader and load a photo onto it. Put it in your camera and go to playback/review. Do you see the photo from the card? Try the EVF and the LCD. If you see a picture then it's possible either the CCD or video board is bad. If you don't see your picture then it's probably not the CCD but a more widespread problem. Either way it's going to need a trip to the repairman. Ask for a quote, replacing parts can be more than buying a new camera at times. BMW

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Re: Can't see through viewfinder

Its a case of defective CCD. Either contact NIKON for free repairs or get it changed from some repair shop.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006

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