When I look through it, all I see is a fuzzy picture, like there is dirt or moisture on the lense. Is this a problem with the lense? I didn't drop it or spill anything on it. When I removed the lense cap...
Hello. From what you describe, there are several issues that *might* be occurring. First, the battery used in your camera did just what it was supposed to do--die quickly. Cameras need *steady*, proper power to perform correctly all the time. If the battery died slowly, it would drive the metering system (and any other power-dependent item) crazy due to improper current/voltage output. Yes, it's THAT important--the reason why you use silver-oxide or other such pricey batteries!! And change dem suckers EVERY year, too!!lol
Next, remove the lens and carefully inspect it using a bright table lamp. You are looking for signs of moisture (foggy or droplets). Also, and every bit as damaging is FUNGUS! Do you keep your equipment in that nice, cool, dark, closet or camera bag all the time? Prime fungus breeding environment. It grows on the INSIDE of the lens, on the glass surfaces and, if not removed in a timely manner, can etch the surface of the glass, ruining it. It can cause a cloudy appearance. But, so can our old. fiendish friend, OIL! The lubricants used to make that precision helicoid barrel(your lens focusing tube) slide so nicely is a nasty enemy when left sitting for long periods--or heated--like being left in a car on a hot day. It vaporizes over time, clouding up optics and far worse, gumming up the delicate, metal, diaphragm blades in the center of the the lens.(they give you your apertures--f-stops) Move the lever at the back of the lens to check the blade movement--it should be a quick, smart action with no laziness as the blades move--you need to set the lens to its max f-stop to see the blades move fully.
If the lens is not the problem, it could easily be the same fungus problem on the penta-prism(an actual precision, five-sided prism which directs your vision from the back of the camera down onto the reflex mirror inside the front.) in the top of the camera or even on the delicate focusing screens. Obviously, make sure there aren't smudged finger-prints on any surfaces--I've repaired cameras that looked like the owner held the thing by the lens glass and eyepiece. And don't forget to check the rear lens element for dirt. NOTICE OF CAUTION HERE: If the MIRROR is the foggy culprit, don't attempt to clean it--its sitting position, angle, and surface are CRITICAL. If you bend, scratch, mar, push, pull, tweak, etc that little glass wonder--its OVER! If the problem is discovered to be any type of internal, send the unit in to a competent repair facility. I know I've been lengthy---Hope I helped you!---Rick
Dec 28, 2009 |
Nikon N75 35mm SLR Camera