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Eos 5D lcd screen stays black when power is turned on. It will show menu and review photos taken but otherwise remains black so it will not show what is in front of the lens.

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Sounds like the shutter control is not active. If closed, the shutter will not allow light to enter and thus you have a black receptor. Take to a camera shop for testing.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

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If its a year, request that canon fix it free of charge under its warrenty.

Charge the battery, and or buy a new battery to see if its fixed. Bestbuy if there is one close to you is the first place I look for a battery.

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Check your manual...does it say your camera has "live view"?

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In picture taking mode, press the "set" button for "live view".

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Have a Canon 5d mark 2 . Was using it today all worked ok. Then it suddenly wouldn't review photos or bring up the menu . It shows black screen but when turned off it says the normal sensor cleaning


Hi Dear!
According to your problem note said wouldn't review photo or bring up the menu. You have to check all taken picture if there is blank, black, or corrupted picture file(cause won't able to see the image) are come from mirror box sequence control unit failing. At the beginning of this problem can not be noticeable, later it causes more and more blank image come out. However, if you don't have any blank image, then a loosen screw piece running around and touch circuitry in side could be serious. These two symptom are common and manufacturer's engineer design defect, but they won't tell you. Other then that you have no problem on your camera like last statement "when turned off it says sensor cleaning" This is camera's default setting that whenever you turn off camera will clean off sensor by itself.
Hope You Luck! A Professional Camera Clinic Guy!

Sometime there is defective main picture control process! But Canon won't say about it! At least you can try to convince them. (I want you shoot continuous a lot and video shooting) If it happen, then your main process board defect!

Apr 07, 2015 | Canon Cameras

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Eos 5D lcd screen stays black when power is turned on. It will show menu and review photos taken but otherwise remains black so it will not show what is in front of the lens.


Hi Bill. Have you solved the problem ?, if not the screen may be turned off, see pages 106-110 of the manual (for an eos 5 mk2-you do not say which version you have, I have added a link to a PDF version of the mk2 model. Please come back and let me know the result be it good or bad.
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0/0300004270/01/eos5dmkii-im4-en.pdf

Mar 17, 2014 | Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera

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Eos 5D lcd screen stays black when power is turned on. It will show menu and review photos taken but otherwise remains black so it will not show what is in front of the lens.


This is not a problem: the LCD monitor cannot be used as viewfinder for shooting as with digital compact camera's or non-professional DSLR's.
This info can be found in the manual on p. 36.

Mar 17, 2014 | Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera

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Eos 5D lcd screen stays black when power is turned on. It will show menu and review photos taken but otherwise remains black so it will not show what is in front of the lens.


Unfortunately the 5D (original) doesn't have live-view - which allows you to see the picture before you take it. It doesn't have video either but I guess you already knew that.

Mar 17, 2014 | Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera

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No image appearing after shot only black screen


Make sure you set it to "auto-review" and that the time is long enought to look at it. Pressing the shutter release will skip the image review and keep the LCD in shooting mode.

Nov 08, 2012 | Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera

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Can get LCD screen to turn on On Canon EOS 350D, working when reviewing photos!


If the LCD works when reviewing photos, then it appears the LCD is working. Can you see the menu when you press the MENU button?

If you're expecting to be able to use the LCD to compose your pictures, you're not going to with this camera. The LiveView ability is a relatively recent development in DSLRS, the 350D works as SLRs have worked for half a century, requiring you to use the viewfinder to compose your pictures.

Oct 17, 2010 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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Similar problems as other readers. camera turns on but no real time image on LCD screen. LCD contiues to show settings i.e. full auto mode etc. But I can view pictures already taken. Thanks


The XTi and prior EOS models have not capability to see the live image to be shoot on the screen. Only the image after taken can see on the screen. Other images also using the view mode.

If you can't review the images, eve if the display is turned off, just after they are taken, maybe the "Review time" is set to "off". Go to settings, 3th tab, Review time and set the desired setting.

Aug 03, 2009 | Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Digital Camera

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Review button


If by review you want to look at the photos you have already taken on the rear LCD screen then use the small triangular play button which is the bottom one on the left handside on the back of the Camera. To get out of review mode press the same button again.
Sadly there is no where on the digital SLRs to get the date of manufacture.

Mar 19, 2009 | Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera

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LCD Screen does not work properly


Your camera works just like a film camera SLR,. You use the eyepiece to frame and focus your picture. The LCD screen is for reviewing pictures taken or menu operations. You cannot preview a shot on screen before it is taken with the camera.

Jan 07, 2008 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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