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My camera shut off in mid shutter while I was takin a picture. I thought it was the battery so I cleaned all the terminals on the battery and inside the body. I then charged it overnight and still nothing. I purchased a new CF card and nothing. It will not power up at all. I am not an idiot the battery can only be put in one way as well as the CF card. Does anybody have a suggestion on what could be going on or even how to fix this.

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  • grill97 Dec 13, 2007

    Yeah thats what I thought as well. However I took the old battery to Best Buy wanting to purchase a new BP-511 battery. It was only 41 bucks so no bad. I wanted to make sure if the old one worked or not, so I found a camera that took the same battery as I have and it powered it up. So I dont think that it is the battery. The only thing that I would still think that it is the battery would be if the cameras at Best Buy are powered under regular current as well. I dont know. The guy at Best Buy said that it was probably the motor or something like that. Do you think that it would be better just to purchase a new battery and try to see if it would work and if not just take the battery back? Thanks for your help.

  • grill97 Dec 14, 2007

    Yeah, I am not sure. I dont think that we have taken 66k pictures with it. And it really hasnt been exposed to extreme temp. We have taken it with us on trips to CO but it has always been carried on with us. It has never been left in direct sunlight, stored in a car, left out in the cold or anything. When not in use it is stored away properly. I just wish is was an easy fix. I have no clue on what this kind of stuff cost. Usually when an electronic breaks I have it under warranty still. So I usually am able to get it fixed for nothing or replaced. This camera was a big investment and hopefully it is fixable for a reasonable price.



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Try using a DVM for voltage reading of that battery.
If you do not have a DVM, then go to Radio Shack and let them test the battery or buy a DVM form them to test.

Since that is a Rebel, most likely the battery is over 4 years old, buy a new battery or just test store's camera's battery.

Most likely that your battery is not holding a charge and enough current. Just like a car in the cold.

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  • Alexander Lee Dec 13, 2007

    No, then your battery is good as well as the store battery.

    If you had the camera for more than 3 years and exposed to extreme weathers, then most likely camera will need PM from Canon or camera repair center.

    The Rebel's Shutter Assy. is not made to shoot over 66K, likely that the coil or relay are worn/opened/shorted and gears need lubes.

    Since the warranty had ran out and the cost maybe over $150.00 for repair, I think you can buy a used Rebel for less than new.


  • Alexander Lee Dec 14, 2007

    If you are willing to take the camera apart, I can try to help.
    Hoping part(s) not needed.

    If you are willing, you can send to me for a free estimate.
    Most likely, parts in that shutter assy. is high and not worth paying for the repair.

    Examples: a shutter assy. for the Canon EOS-1Ds are over $4,200.00. PCB for Kodak DSC/N that holds the Compact Card is over $1,600.00.



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