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No image from dmc-fz30

I have a dmc-fz30. I turn it on, the display comes on, but the picture is black. Like the lens cap is on (but it's not). Could the shutter or iris not be opening. I have a repair manual and know how to disassemble/reassemble, but am not sure what to repair. I have error codes:
Soft 35800508
Lens 18800002 (this code is listed twice)
Any suggestions please

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  • CHEVY WCT Dec 21, 2007

    I think I have just seen the problem. I turned on the camera and removed the lens cap, the image quickly faded to black.

    I'm thinking that possibly the iris is sensing the light and closing, but closing all the way shut.

    Any suggestions please??

  • jotty Mar 13, 2008

    i have the same problem with my panasonic dmc-l1 but the image

    is black as soon as i turn the camera on, as if the lens cap is still on.



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I understand that you've tried all the obvious tricks like resetting to factory settings etc.
Sounds like a CCD/shutter failure I'm afraid. FZ30 are not known for failing CCDs, but I've seen shutters fail on various lumix-es, so in this case I would suggest replacing the shutter. To be precise, replacing the shutter itself is a massive pain in the **** on this camera. It's much easier to replace the whole lens-it contains the shutter. You'll need to get a donor camera (ebay ;) and do the transplant. Swapping the lens is relatively easy if you're ok with midly fiddly things. Oh, and make sure you take notes which screws go where when dismantling the camera - and be careful with ribbon cables for the LCD.
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