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I am having trouble with this camera it will not leave main screen and the shutter lens keeps going in and out then shutting off while lens is still out.

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I have had that problem too. All I had to do is change the battery. But don't mix match batteries good luck.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007


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I keep getting error 99 message

Error 99 is common error on Canon cameras. Make sure the battery is freshly charged. Take the battery out, the compact flash card out, and the attached lens off of the camera. Leave the camera set for a while for the capacitors to bleed off. Around a half hour would be good. Next re-insert the battery and push the shutter button as if you were taking a picture. If you get an Error 99 then, you can't fix the trouble and Canon will have to do it. If you do not get an error 99, power the camera off, insert the compact flash card, power the camera back on and press the shutter button again. If you get an Error 99, the trouble is in the compact flash card or its connector. Try a different card. If you do not get an Error 99, power the camera off, a lens on it, power the camera back up, then press the shutter button once again. If you do not see an Error 99, the problem is no longer in the camera. If you do see an Error 99, power the camera off and remove the lens. The problem is probably in the contacts on the camera or the lens. Clean the contacts by holding the camera carefully with the lens opening down so it will not allow dirt to get inside the camera. Take a cotton swab dipped in alcohol and clean the gold metal contacts well, Dry the contacts with a tissue. Next hold the lens with the contacts down and repeat the process on the contacts on the lens. Be very cautious not to allow lint, dust, or alcohol to get into the camera body or into the lens. Some people use a pencil eraser to clean the contacts but you have be very careful not to let particles enter the camera or lens. This should clear your trouble, if the camera passed the first step of troubleshooting.

Nov 02, 2013 | Canon EOS 40D Digital Camera

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The view finder or screen are black. The lens moves out when the camera is powered on, I can hear the shutter click when pushed; the telephoto is moving; I have all the settings show on the screen when...

I know it may sound like the shutter is moving, but you're going to have to actually look down the lens barrel to confirm it's actually moving, and not just producing a sound effect from the camera. Also keep in mind Canon's SX IS series cameras are notorious for the following problem (fantastic cameras otherwise).
A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, sometimes with lines, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open). To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.

Oct 31, 2010 | Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

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If i take a lense of my camera do i expose all of the film in it.

The film is behind the shutter. Film is only exposed when the shutter is released, and it only affects the film directly behind the shutter. So remove your lens, swap it for another lens, but do not leave the front of the camera open. Keep a lens or a body cap on it always.

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Photo has 'lines' across it. New batteries just fitted. Have the settings been reset??? How do I get rid of the lines???

Lines across photo's or over exposure Is due to the shutter not closing correctly. Common cause for this is moisture fouling the shutter leafs. It only has to be a very tiny amount to cause an obstruction. If you turn on your camera and turn the flash off face the lens towards you and look at the lens in the middle you should be able to see the shutter fire across the lens when you take a picture. I know its small but you should be able to spot if there is a gap ( may not be very big) where the shutter leafs meet. What you need to do is remove the lens unit from the camera, dis engage the zoom motor ( the motor nearest the front lens) then remove the main lens to access the zoom lens and remove that aswell. Behind it is the shutter. Undo the screws for the retaining plate, remove the plate, and then remove the shutter leafs for cleanning with lens cleaner or anything that will clean without leaving a residue. And remember not to touch the leafs after cleaning, use tweezers.

Sep 27, 2009 | Fuji FinePix S5200 / S5600 Digital Camera

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When I turn on my camera the screen is blank

Do the icons show up on the screen or is it totally blank?
Can you view previous pictures?
If the icons show on the screen then have a look into the lens to see if the shutter is closed over the inner lens. you may have to adjust the zoom to bring the inner lens and shutter mechanism up close to the outer lens to get a better look.
If the shutter is covering the inner lens then it is stuck and will need to be freed by opening the camera up.
If the screen is just black then it just may be possible that the ribbon for the screen has partially slipped out of it's socket on the main board.
If it comes out all the way then the camera should not even power up.

Jul 27, 2009 | Fuji FinePix A800 Digital Camera

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Canon Powershot SI screen goes black after taking a photo

That sounds like a sticky lens shutter. They usually have to be replaced, as they usually will need parts. When the camera is working look inside the lens and take a picture(with flash turned off). You should see a black shutter door clicking shut in the lens. When the camera acts up, look inside the lens again. If the door is staying shut full time, that is your problem.

Nov 17, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S1 IS Digital Camera

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Shutter having trouble opening and closing.

Hey SleepyFairy,
What it sounds like is that something sticky has gotten into the lens cover mechanism, and the only way to fix that is to have it repaired. If this camera is less that a year old it is most likely still covered under manufacturers warranty, and you should have it looked at by an authorized service technician to get it fixed.

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May 14, 2008 | Casio EXILIM Card EX-S770 Digital Camera

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Black screen

sir,ur camera AV shutter properly not working or CCD problum this is repairable u try ur local service center

Mar 25, 2008 | Sony Cybershot S650 Digital Camera

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May be the problem is with the lens. Put a maximum aperture say f 22 then press the shutter, if the leaves of the diaphragm shuts and opens fast ten your lens is OK
.If there is any oily appearance between the leaves of the diaphragm then it should be cleaned.

Mar 13, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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OK I know whats wrong with this one, because my cmaera did the same thing. The outside shutter in the lens opens, right? Well, the inside shutter is stuck. Its staying shut. Take the camera apart(or if you dont feel comfortable doing it yourself, take it to a expert)and tap the side gently, it should fix itslef like that. If not, its the same problme, but you'll have to take it in somewhere.

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