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Recnetly while doing a photo shoot, the camera which is a Canon Rebel XP suddenly began to take shots that showed only the very top of the shot with the remaining showing all black. Initially, I thought perhaps it was the battery but have tested that and it's not the problem. This particular camera has had approximately 10,000 photos shot from it. Any ideas?

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  • chandlerscov Jun 12, 2008

    Thank you so much for your advise and instructions. I've been able to determine that the problem is most definately a broken sub mirror pin. Now the challenge comes in doing the repair. Your instructions and photos of the necessary steps are most helpful.



    Thank you again!



    Deb

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2 possibles...

Most likely is the auto focus sub mirror retaining pin has broken, not an easy fix but possible if your careful.
Lift the mirror and see if the small mirror behind stays hanging down or lifts up out of the way.
if it stays hanging the pin is broken.
Instructions on how to fix here..
http://www.lotek.nu/misc/EOS_300D_sub-mirror_repair/

the other option is a faulty shutter, Canon say it should be good for 50,000 shots but many fail early with either damage to the vains or broken plastic parts, though usually you will get an error 99, no picture at all or a bright patch part way up. The shutter itself is fairly cheap (around £30 / $60) but you need to take the camera down further than the instructions above to replace it..

If you do decide to attempt a repair YOU MUST TAKE THE BATTERIES OUT AND LEAVE THE CAMERA FOR SEVERAL DAYS FIRST.
The flash capacitor is big on these and if you get too close to the flash transformer its likely to arc, giving you a hell of a shock and trashing the camera. It needs this time to discharge.
You can see it in image 21&22 of the instructions and you do have to handle it.

Best of luck

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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