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Viewfinder Blank but shows information

I had been gone from my home for about 8 months. My camera had a fully charged battery in it when I left. Today I picked the camer up and turned it on to find that the battery was dead - ok. I placed a fully charged battery in the camera and turned it on. The lens comes out just as normal but when I look through the viewfinder all is see is black except for the information that is displayed at the bottom or sides. I rest the settings through the menu and still nothing. The LCD works in the same manner. If I point it toward a light in the room I see a vertical line but no image through both viewfinder and LCD. When I takke a picture it appears just as it would normally but the image is streaked and appears fuzzy or a little out of focus. I have not tried to upload the images to the computer. The camera has not been beaten around or anything harsh so this has me very puzzled since it worked perfectly when I set it down. Am I missing something here or is there anything you can suggest. I hate to have to send it out for repair.

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Re: Viewfinder Blank but shows information

From your description it would seem that the shutter component in your lens has failed. Although it is a little strange because the two symptoms you describe are not usually seen at the same time. The fuzzy pictures with streaks on them is a result of a shutter that doesn't close properly, the black screen with just the camera system text on it is a symptom of a shutter that is not opening properly. As for what caused the problem - possibly corrosion or contamination. Was the camera exposed to excessive humidity in the time it was unused? The shutter components are extremely delicate and can easily become stuck or sticky. This is what I believe has happened to your camera. It may not have failed completely but it may be sticking open or closed such that it is not performing its intended function. This will require full disassembly by a professional. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

Posted on Feb 24, 2007

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