Question about Canon EOS Rebel T2 with 28-90 lens 35mm Film Camera

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Very dark pictures

I've got a Canon EOS Rebel T2 with the standard 28-90 lens. I always use the full program setting. Until recently, everything was fine. However, the last 4 rolls processed have been much too dark -- almost every picture. They are dark gray/brown. When I take verticle pictures, there is a darker rectangle in the bottom right quadrant of the picture. I have been using Fuji 400 speed film and getting it developed at Costco. Costco has been developing my pictures for years. I've verified through them that there processing is fine. Any ideas what the problem is?

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  • Melissa Scotti Dec 31, 2007

    The camera is set on the full program setting (including auto focussing). Additionally, I think we may be talking about 2 different things on the dark rectangle. The rectangle in on the photograph itself.

    I have read the entire (49 page) very inadequate manual.

  • Melissa Scotti Dec 31, 2007

    OK.. at least that gets me to Canon customer support. Couldn't find any answers in the guide

  • Melissa Scotti Dec 31, 2007

    Got a rectangle, but nothing flashing... still don't get it.

  • Melissa Scotti Dec 31, 2007

    do you know how to do that?



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Hi melissa.
Probably you turned one some effect such as vignetting or exposure compensation.

Try to go trough the options and set al to normal pictures.
If the problem continues let me know.

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    Santiago Vallejo Dec 31, 2007

    Melissa, you can get a guide for your camera here at canon

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    Santiago Vallejo Dec 31, 2007

    melissa cycle trough the options, you might have enabled by accident an effect to your photoes.
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Hi melissa,
your problem is the focusing areas, im sorry that I do not know how to turn it off, the rectangle you see is the area is focusing on, and the darkness is what the camera doesnt focus on, try reading the manual, or turning it off yourself.

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    Jeremy Murray Dec 31, 2007

    Ah, yes, manuals aren't much good with canon.

    It may be a effect setting, sometimes you may get a rectangle, or sometimes the rectangle may have flashing things on it.

    If this helps, rate it as Fixya! :)

    Happy new year

  • Jeremy Murray
    Jeremy Murray Dec 31, 2007

    Sorry for not being clear, it may be your effects, you can add effects to the photos, goto the effects seetings, there may be one on by mistake

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    Jeremy Murray Dec 31, 2007

    sorry im not sure, try cycling through the options, if you can et other features you can find that.

    Im confident you can help yourself with this.

    Please vote my ratinf fixya if it helps



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