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Mirror is stuck down

Mirror inside camera is in the down position and seems to be stuck....what's up with this and can it be fixed?

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  • sarahbodd Jul 28, 2008

    That didn't work....it says HELP in the menu screen when in off or on position...and doesn't seem to be reponding to anything.


  • Scott Bates
    Scott Bates May 11, 2010

    is this when you put a perticular lens on it or is it stuck for all lenses?

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If it its just a perticular lens then its because the body cannot comunicate with the lens to disable the lens lock Press and hold DRIVE MODE and AV buttons while turning on camera.

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