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When i look through the viewfinder its darker than usual, my lens wont seem to come off its stuck even while holding down the release button and trying to rotate it by force. When taking pictures on auto mode the pictures are very dark no matter how much light there is. When i change the settings an ' Err' message is displayed. Whats wrong with my camera???? Help.

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Hi tin_080 , the aperture actuating lever was bent or loose and is ahead of the control mechanism of the diaphragm opening in the camera body.
Check this: point the lens towards you notice that the diaphragm is closed.
To avoid more costly damage you take it to a workshop for servicing.
Best regards

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My suggestion is to bypass the camera shop that "doesn't know what the problem is but will fix it for $270" (how is that even possible??) and deal directly with Olympus USA Service and Support by phone or email to get an estimate / factory trained tech perform the repair.

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