I have the "lens cover won't open problem" on a DCR-DVD653E that I see a number of people have been struggling with.
The lens cover can be pushed open. A whirring noise occurswhen I turn on the camera, but the cover doesn't open.
I'm prepared to open up the camera myself, but can you tell me what I should be looking for?
Alternatively I'm thinking about just super-gluing the lens cover open. The camera is no good as it is and it loks like the repair cost is more than a new camera. Hence if I damage the camera, I've really lost nothing.
This looks like a product error to me and it must be costing Sony business.
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This means that the lens doesn't have its aperture ring set to its smallest opening. Turn the aperture ring to its smallest opening (largest f/fnumber) and lock it if the lens has an aperture ring lock. You control the aperture from the body, the same way as with a lens without an aperture ring.
You need to turn the aperture ring on the lens to its smallest setting (largest f/number) and lock it in place if the lens has an aperture lock. You control the aperture from the camera, the same was as on a lens without an aperture ring.
If it's on an SLR then it means the lens is not set to its minimum aperture. Turn the aperture ring on the lens to its smallest opening (largest f/number) and lock it if it has a lock. You control the lens aperture from the body, exactly the same way as on a lens without an aperture ring.
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From your description, Yes. All RB67 lenses have common problems, usually sticky blades. Since there are 2 sets of blades, (shutter and aperture), the shutter blades may be contaminated with oil/debris
The lens has a lever marked A/M near the aperture ring. If the lever is in the 'A' position, the lens will stay wide open until you trip the control lever at the back of the lens next to the rear optics. In the 'M' setting, you can see the aperture move as you change the f-stop setting on the ring. Set the lens to anything but wide open and move the control lever with your finger. You should see that aperture move.
What lens are you using? Do you have other lenses you can try?
The F-- indicates that the camera and the lens are not communicating. There are several reasons for this:
1. The lens is not electronic. All lenses before the advent of autofocus fall into this category, as well as some of the newer ones. The only way these lenses can be used is in Manual (M) mode, without any assistance from the camera's light meter.
2. The lens has a locking aperture ring. In this case turn the aperture ring to the smallest aperture (largest f/number) and lock it. You control the aperture via the command dial on the camera body.
3. The contacts are dirty. Remove the lens, clean the contacts on the back of the lens and on the mount, then reattach the lens and see what happens.
There could be a number of issues with this problem. Make sure the contacts at the rear of the lens and those on the body that connect with those on the lens are clean and straight. If so, the problem may be in the shutter within the lens. There is a magnet inside the shutter that sometimes becomes contaminated and fails to hold the shutter blades open for the selected shutter speed. The face of the magnet may need to be cleaned. There are also timing switches that sometimes go bad or need adjusting. These internal problems need to be taken care of by a competent technician since the lens needs to be completely disassembled. I have also seen these shutters go bad and need to be replaced. Let's hope that's not the problem because it will be difficult to get a new shutter for the lens--but not imposible. God luck.