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3) Canon had a run of bad motors for this model - if mirror does not go up, then it is the mirror motor. If mirror goes up, shutter will not fire, press release again then the mirror goes down, the shutter motor is bad (same model motor). If mirror goes up, shutter fires, both blades travel together/no exposure, probably the shutter is bad.
If the camera works fine in fully automatic mode, but onot in AV or P, it is likely your settings. Trying increasing your ISO (larger number) and increasing your aperture (smaller number). If you don't have sufficient light or a fast enough lens, the shutter be force to operate more slowly. If the camera also has issue in automatic mode, then I would try the following:
Turn off the camera
and remove the lens (in a clean, dust-free environment) and lightly
clean the contacts on the lens and camera body with isopropyl
alcohol. Once your sure the contacts and surrounding surfaces are clean
and dry, re-attach the lens. Power on and try...
The ISO is set to Auto and can't be changed when shooting in Basic Modes (all of the icons and the green circle). ISO can only be adjusted in Creative Modes (P, Av, Tv, A-DEP, M). If you want to adjust the ISO in Creative Mode, press the ISO button and then turn the dial next to the shutter trigger.
Make sure that the power switch is in the correct position. It actually has three positions:
On (with quick control dial disabled!)
Third position (quick control dial enabled!)
So, when the power switch is in the middle position (ON), the rear control dial is disabled in order to save you from inadvertently changing the setting, when you are wearing the camera on a neck strap. So be sure to put it in the third position.
See if the problem is related to the memory card. Start by ejecting the memory card and after saving to disk via card reader, format the card. If there is a problem writing to the card, it will probably show up during the format process. Or, insert a *different* card into the camera and take a shot. The likelihood of two cards being faulty is slim, so if the problem is related to the camera (same problem with both cards) you'll find out by doing the above steps.
If both cards are causing the same results, double check the camera settings - set to full Auto mode and take a shot of a brightly lit scene (or set to manual mode set the lens to wide open (lowest f number f2 to f5 or so) and exposure time to 1/250 - 1/500 and shoot a brightly lit scene. If the shutter opens & closes as expected, double check the settings - as the camera is probably OK, but just set wrong. if still having problems, it might need a vistit to the repair shop. Good luck!
1. Check the power switch is pointing to the rear dial (not "ON") or you wont be able to set your aperture.
2. Try shooting one image for each position of the mode dial on the top. Then review each image to see what mode the camera indicates the image was taken.(Pressing info during playback will bring up detailed information to show this) If the recorded setting and actual setting dont match, this indicates a fault with the dial.
3. If the camera does not display an aperture, or shows "00" then there is a communication fault with the lens. Check the contacts are clean and sitting correctly. You can confirm this lens is at fault by trying another lens on your camera,I'm sure a photo store could help with this.
The exposure compensation dial (at the back) doesn't work when you're in Manual. In Manual, you set the shutter speed and aperture to get an image with the amount of over- or under-exposure you need. In the view finder, the "exposure meter" at the bottom shows how much light there is where the lens is pointed. When it shows what you called "2-stops", its really underexposed. Thus your black images. You need to increase ISO, open the aperture and slow down the shutter speed (or a combination of these 3 options)
Set your camera to P or full-auto. Do the photos turn out ok? If they do, then there's nothing wrong with your camera and you just need practise on the Manual mode.