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Problem with Shutter/Lenz

When the camera is turned on it makes a noise as if it is having a difficult time setting up the lenz/shutter. This last a few seconds. Then I see dark semi circle on the corners of the display as I point and view through the small "window". After I take the picture, the picture also displays the dark semi-cirle. A few times I have tapped the camera with my palm and have noticed that the semi-circle moves to another corner or dissapears, only to re-appear when I turn it on again. HELP!

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Gentle tap did not work for long. I am certain that whenever tap worked it was because the CCD sensor moved to centre. I noticed that I would aim at something and image woud show at angle down. Colour tint was at fault too. And... after deliberation I decided to open my Z5 as I was not happy to scrap a decent camera. Not yet at least. Culprit seem to be a spring that pushes the CCD assembly against a slide guide. It took 30minutes and numerous failed attempts before everything came right. You will need to peel off rubber hand grip on right hand side and just a small part on grip on left hand side to gain access to some screws. Do not remove trigger/macro/flash panel as it is not needed. Once opened, remove 4 screws that hold 5cm LCD display and disconnect all the plugs you can see (except the one on the top right side that is directed towards the batt bay). Gently pull LCD and first layer PC board. Disconnect all the remaining plugs (you must know). Remove flash unit. Lens and CCD is attached to the body by means of 3 big head screws. Taking all out makes your work easier. There are 3 springs holding CCD in place: 1st in upper right corner and it is a plain stretch spring. 2nd is upper right side, it is a circular spring that has 2 levers. 3rd one is same as 2nd but it is at bottom middle. In my case 3rd spring came off, I guess after camera was bumped or dropped. If you managed to repair your Z5 using this instruction (without damaging anything else inside the camera) than you can thank me on djenka018(at) No need for anything else. Djenka NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! NOTE! Beware, I have 15 years in electronics repair. It was no simple task for me. There are many flat cables that tear easily (rendering your camera useless) and I found this repair on scale 1-10 to be at level 9 due to small and gentle components.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007


I do not think it is shutter to blame as with 'semi cicrcle' a "anti-shake" error is displayed (red hand). It is more to blame anti-shake as the noise that comes at power up is from it bouncing left-right or up-down. Will try getle tap at powerup on my Z5. TNX

Posted on Aug 11, 2007

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I guess you already had your camera fixed, but I was having exactly the same problem with my z5. I solved it by gently tapping the camera against the palm of my hand while starting it up. No violence, just a gentle tap! A few bucks (250 or so) cheaper than having a tech guy do it... :)

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This sounds like a stuck shutter. There is a delicate assembly inside your lens that will block the light right when you snap the picture allowing the image sensor to record what it saw at that very moment. This shutter is composed of two blades that come from either side of the field of view and overlap to completely block the light. It sounds like what has happened to your camera is that one of those blades has either come off its guide or has become stuck. The shutter assemblies in these cameras seem to be very delicate and sensitive to even minor impact. Due to the anti-shake features it will have to be returned to the manufacturer for service if you want to get it fixed. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

Posted on Feb 27, 2007

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