When taking a picture the mirror inside the camera stays up untill you remove the lens
I tried to change speed settings but the problem is still there. I figure if i bought another lens maybe the issue would go away but i really just want to find a way to fix this without buying anything unless if its something i can afford under 20 bucks. i notice there's a lever on the back of the lens i move it and it seem to move o.k ,and when i look through it at the same time moving the lever i notice the aperture also move when its at f/3.5. When i attach the lens to the camera at the same time i look through it again and saw the movement of the aperture (before attach the lens i made sure the red dot from the camera body was line up with lens's red dot). I also took shots without the lens and the mirror inside the camera moves fine. But when you take a shot with the lens attached the mirror stays up until you remove the lens. this is a manual camera no batteries are involve except for the indicator which uses a LR44. PLEASE HELP ME
Its really a Vivitar v4000 zoom 35mm SLR Camera but the website wont take the product name as valid
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Re: When taking a picture the mirror inside the camera...
It seems that the lens is restricting the operation of the camera mechanism a possible cause may be the lens actuating mechanism is stiff from being underused, from you description the manual setting for your lens is ok but when attached to the camera the pin on the lens which is activated by a bar situated in the camera at the bottom of the lens mount cannot be pushed fully home. Try pushing the pin on the end of the lens to see if it is being restricted and if so may need cleaning or just a few operations to free it off.
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This is a common problem that these cameras came with, its a "glitch" in the motherboard that "turns on" a chip inside of it that pauses or freezes the normal function of the camera and it is triggered by any function/s that use that specific chip. Best thing you can do is to either get another board and install it yourself (if the camera is out of warranty) if not, don't mess with it and send it to Canon for a replacement (not a repair) of the motherboard.
Since it's a film camera, there are a couple of things to check:
1. You have left the lens cap on.
2. If this is a single lens reflex camera, take the lens off and make sure that the mirror isn't stuck in the "up" position. If it is, GENTLY pull it down until it stays down. At this point, your shutter may be open. Try cocking the shutter again, fire off a test shot, and see if the mirror sticks in the up position. If it does, you probably need to replace the mirror bumper foam - age can make foam deteriorate into a gooey, tar-like substance that can make the mirror stick in the up position.
3. Does the camera have a T (for Time) setting on the shutter speed dial? If so, turn it off the Time setting and set it to a manual shutter speed such as 1/60 - or whatever your 'X' synch speed is.
4. Your batteries died in mid-exposure. Replace the batteries. You may have enough juice in them to show the viewfinder display, but not enough to finish the exposure and close the shutter.
If the camera appears to be working properly in some pictures and not others I'm going to suggest you look at your Shooting Modes. It's very possible that the mode dial has been turned to the TV mode which is Shutter Priority. With the Rebel having a shutter speed of 30 seconds to 1/4000 you may click the shutter to take a pictures and the camera appear not to take the picture. A few seconds later the shutter closes and the mirror drops. This also can happen if you are in the Night Portrait mode. The length of time my be longer if the lens cap is immediately placed on the lens.
Change your mode to "P" program until you become more familiar with the camera functions and settings
The view finder "going black" on an SLR is caused by the mirror being up, which is also when the camera is actually taking the picture! The mirror sends the light from the lens to either the viewfinder or the sensor. When it's down, the light goes to the viewfinder and you can compose the picture. When you press the shutter release, the mirror comes up, and light goes to the sensor. In a film SLR, there was a shutter just in front of the film that controlled the amount of light that hit the film. In your D80, it's a combination of the mirror and the electronics that set "shutter speed".
What is happening when you get these white pictures is that somehow your settings are holding the mirror open far longer than it should be open. When you turn off the camera, it drops the mirror automatically. If you are in S or M, it's because you've set your shutter speed improperly. If it's doing this in Auto mode, then there may be a problem with the exposure meter or the lens.
If you describe more about when it happens (shutter speed settings, Auto or manual mode) I can probably tell you if it's your settings or the camera/lens.
Do you mean that, you press the shutter release once and the shutter stays open until you press the shutter release a second time. If so, check your shutter speed setting. If it is set to "T" (Timed Exposure) the camera is working correctly. Change your shutter speed to an appropriate setting, such as 1/125. If that does not solve the problem, you might need to take it in for repair.
Check for the obvious -- shutter speed, aperture, and ISO set appropriately to give you a well-exposed image, and lens caps off. If none of those are the problem, then there's a problem with the mirror, the shutter, or the sensor itself. You can carefully look inside the mirror box with the lens removed, and see if anything is blocking the motion of the mirror. If you don't see anything (or, honestly, if you do), take it to a trusted camera shop or call Olympus's repair center.