Camera auto focuses, shoots but the view screen is black
EOS Rebel. In auto mode, my camera will focus and shoot just fine, but no picture appears and the view screen is black. Also, auto flash will not pop up. It did this once before and I remember it was a menu setting, but I cannot figure it out this time. No help from manual. PLEASE help!
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Check the playback menu that the review time has not been set to OFF. This will stop any pictures displaying on the back of the camera when taking them!
I leave mine at 2 secs which is long enough to quickly review and keeps the battery life up. If I need to review for longer, just use playback.
The flash won't come on if you have the camera in any of the creative modes (i.e. A-DEP, M, AV, TV or P). You can manually use it by pressing the flash button just above the lens release button on the front of the camera.
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Set the shooting mode to a Creative Zone mode. Press MENU to enter the menu. Under the Setup tab, select [Live View function settings] then press SET. Select [Live View shoot] and press SET. Select [Enable] and press SET. Press MENU to exit the menu. Press SET. The image should now appear on the LCD instead of through the viewfinder.
Refer to "Live View Shooting," Chapter 5 in the manual for more details and the limitations of the LiveView mode.
Unlike compact point and shoot cameras, Canon EOS D-SLRs don't have the LCDs stay on all the time due to the design of the SLR camera which involves a mirror being in the way of the image and the sensor.
To use "Live View" (composing shots with the LCD), there is an option in the Menu (2nd yellow tab, then Live View Fn Settings) to enable it. Once enabled, press the centre "SET" button behind the camera to activate the LCD. However, the camera can't Auto Focus in Live View mode so manual focusing is needed.
Unlike compact point and shoot cameras, Canon's range of EOS D-SLRs don't have the LCDs stay on all the time. The design of the SLR camera involves a mirror in front of the sensor. The mirror in its normal position inhibits the image to be captured by the image sensor. When you shoot, the mirror flips up for a split second and back to its rest position.
To use "Live View" (composing shots with the LCD), there is an option in the Menu to enable it. Once enabled, press the centre "Select" button behind the camera to activate the LCD. However, the camera can't Auto Focus for you in Live View mode so manual focusing input is required of the photographer.
Most entry level SLR cameras will struggle to focus in low light, especially with the kit lens. By rights the flash should popup and emit a flash pulse to help focus. This is called focus assist. You might have to consult the manual to check if this function is turned on or not.
These cameras won't show the picture on the screen until you've taken the photo, they don't work the same way as point and shoot cameras. So you have to use the viewfinder.
Unless your model has live view in which case it's still pretty fiddly and I wouldn't recommend it.
Talked to canon support, they suggested to send lense in for review/repair. They said it could be the motor, I think it was a gear problem based on the noises and jerkiness of the focusing action while in manual focus (manual focus gave out as well). Cost TBD - "would definately be more than $50. I shopped around and elected to buy a new lense rather than try to hassle with the repair, shipping, insurance, and the wait, etc. Besides, I have a deadline that I need the lense for, so repair at Canon really became a non-option. I think the cost would've been pretty much the same in the end as the new lense, since this wasn't one of the costlier of lenses to begin with.