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Lens failing to function properly

Earlier tonight I was filming a function with my canon xl1s and before filming began, it prompted me to check the lens and faded to black. I turned the camera off then back on a few times; same result. I removed the lens and reattached it probably six times, giving me about three diffent results upon reapplication. 1. blurry 2. no zoom 3. both. I am still unable to zoom or focus using both the camera and the lens. I was able to use that camera, but only stationary and no zoom or additional focus. I have since tried it at home and the problem persists!!

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Re: lens failing to function properly

Possibility is two. 1. If the lens contact to the body is not good so make sure the contacts are clean and position is locked completely. 2. 90% of the solution comes from repair on Main circuit in the lens. Good Luck. For further assistance go to James.

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Re: lens failing to function properly

I've been having the same issue... i just now... 30 sec ago, switched the batteries out and it powered up perfectly... the other battery was dead... so is it when the battery drops below a cretin voltage it cant power the lens? Please try this and letme know if it works for you too!

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Need more clarification on the loose area. Where and how does lens loose? thanks -James.

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Hi im Eddie

If you are talking about cables connecting to the lens, you either do not have an xl lens, or your lens is WAYYY beyond ant help you could find here. Your best bet is to call up & have it in fro service with Canon,

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Lens failing to function properly

Yes, this is a strange issue. Have you dropped the unit, or maybe 'bumped' it or anything similar. I know alot of times, people like to 'hit' their unit, to get it to do things (like eject tape). What people don't realize, is that these machines are prone to damage when hit hard enough (just like anything else).

In any event, this is not an misconfiguration issue, and you won't be able to fix it. You would need to bring it in to a qualified service center for an estimate. Be sure to shop around to find the best price and service. Since parts for these are not cheap, and they are labor intensive.

Good luck.

Hope this helps some.


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