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I have just had my Ist DL2 camera cleaned. Today is the first time I started taking photos with it however it is not recording any images. The monitor screen remains black and on the bottom lefthand corner there is a bin icon with delete beside it. Nothing has been recorded on my card. Every attempt I have made to photograph something is always blank. What could they have done to my camera when they cleaned it. I did contact them and they said they do not interfere with any of the cameras mechanism, so what has happend and how can it be resolved. I have a function to go to on Saturday and need my camera.

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I had this on mine, and after searching on the internet concluded it was a problem with the lens assembly. Taking the view that I could not lose, I disassembled the camera, which is probably not advisable. The problem I think was fixed, by gently tapping the front of the camera on the silver lens surround with the handle of the knife I used to undo the screws. I did this on repeated switch on, and after a fair number of times, the lens moved and the camera came back to life.... Re assembly was a bit tedious, but I was left with no screws or extra parts!!. One working camera and one happy son who has been using it for skate board video ing.

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SOURCE: My iST DL has stopped transfer of pictures to SD

PLease reinstall the software and drivers for your camera, and try to transfer pictures again.

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SOURCE: I have a Pentax *ist

Take off the lens and fire off a few shots. Does the mirror flip up? Or is it permanently up? Does the shutter open? Can you see through the lens? This "lovely, recommended seller" may have unloaded his problems on you.

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SOURCE: The Ritz Camera store looked quickly at my Pentax

Yes. The CCD chip has died and they don't tend to be cheap, but I would call around to other service centers before giving up hope. $400 seems a little steep to me, but I don't often work with Pentax units, and haven't priced their CCDs recently.

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