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Overexposure problem after the black screen

After the famous black screen problem and using the 15" trick in Tv mode, my camera now has a problem of overexposure. The pictures are completely washed out when taken in sunlight, however indoor pics are fine but they do have light horizontal lines running across them. I tried clicking outdoor pics in auto mode but it continues to be washed out, too much brightness. Please help !

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  • mobcom Oct 18, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem with over exposure and horizontal lines runnig throughout the picture.

  • angeloup Dec 27, 2008

    me 2

  • vkushwaha Apr 28, 2009

    I have exactly same problem. any help or suggestions?

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    same problem here

  • mgm_attar May 23, 2009

    my camera is same problem

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Given that the 15' batteries out trick is just a way of forcing the iris to get un stick i think your iris is probably still getting stuck (but this time open a bit).
you could try doing the 15' trick a few more times in the hope of loosening it a bit.
ultimately once you have had this issue i think you are living on borrowed time before it happens again unless you get it fixed by canon.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

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