20 Most Recent Canon EOS Rebel X 35mm SLR Camera Questions & Answers

Your camera is 20+ years old. They are electronic and most likely it is dead. Clean your battery contacts. If that does not do it... again it's a 20+ year old camera. The electronics go, just like a dead tablet or computer, a bad transistor will kill the camera. You can buy used Rebels for dirt cheap, under $50. But again, you are buying an old camera.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

There isn't one. To turn the camera on, turn the model dial to any position other than the "L" (for lock). To turn the camera off, turn the mode dial to the "L" position.

You may download a copy of the manual from http://butkus.org/chinon/canon/canon_eos_rebel-x_rebel-xs/canon_eos_rebel-x_rebel-xs.htm

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on May 08, 2014

this is normal, as these cameras are designed to wind the entire film to the take up spool then as you expose the file will roll back into the cassette. this was a feature that canon devised to protect already exposed film when the back cover is inadvertantly opened.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Dec 23, 2013

You may download a copy of the manual from here.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Jul 09, 2012

Gears are broken in Advance Assembly.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on May 29, 2012

I presume you're asking about a Digital Rebel and not a 35mm film Rebel (as per the question heading).

If so, that's probably normal. It's only relatively recent dSLR models which have a "live preview" facility (often wrongly called "live view"). The whole point of an SLR is that the viewfinder is the main compositional viewing tool; the LCD is there solely to display and adjust camera functions and to review images already captured.

Most current and recent SLR's now have live preview, and all true SLR's are incapable of viewing the image at the actual moment of image capture as the viewfinder mirror must flip up out of the way of the image sensor.

If you want live preview then you must change your camera. if you tend not to use the viewfinder anyway then consider mirrorless Compact System Cameras such as the Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models as they do have a true live view capability and the LCD is the main (or only) tool for composing images. Panasonic also have their regular Four Thirds G range, which look like an SLR but have an electronic viewfinder and they are also capable of true live view.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Sep 23, 2011


If the camera still takes pictures that are readable on the memory card, but not visible on the screen then you may just have a LCD issue. If your pictures turn out black, then you have an optics issue. The LCD would be worth a repair - if it's an optics problem, you can still get a quote but it will likely run more than half the value of the camera.

Good luck.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Apr 02, 2011

There is no on/off switch as such. Press the shutter button halfway to turn it on, and leave it alone and it will power off.

If you need a manual, you can download one from

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Mar 22, 2011

Most consumer type 35mm film cameras aren't demanding much on the used market and the Canon Rebel X although a great learning camera is an entry level camera. If I were you I'd check out e-Bay completed sales for a more current sale price.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010

That's because your camera does not have "live view". SLR's only started to get live view recently; it's more difficult for them to achieve it as they work completely differently to regular compact cameras.

With an SLR the whole point has always been to use the optical viewfinder instead of an LCD screen. The screen is just there to view camera settings, menus and to review shots already taken.

I hope that my answer has been of use, please take a moment to rate my reply.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Sep 24, 2010

Unfortunately it's impossible to tell you without a hands-on examination of the camera.

Assuming that you are familiar with your camera and have loaded it many times before then the only remaining cause is that it's broken, but you knew that already. If so then officially there's nothing more that you can do as further options require specialist technical knowledge and tools.

35mm EOS Rebel (USA) and EOS KISS (Japan) and EOS triple digit (everywhere else) are all budget models, designed and built for Canon by Kodak as cheaply as possible. They were never intended to be repaired so had limited spare parts availability and were designed for a six year lifespan. Combined with the huge shift to digital SLR's these factors mean that these models are virtually worthless these days and so any kind of professional repair makes no economic sense and may even be impossible.

This isn't as bad as it seems. It means that you are free to first try slapping the base of your camera down onto a firm surface (such as a desk) to try and jolt free anything which as seized. if that fails then carefully strip down your camera to try and find the fault (likely a failed drive motor). If your attempt fails, you lose nothing and have gained valuable experience. It also means that replacing your camera body is very cheap or even free: every 35mm EOS I have came to me free via my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. If you do buy one privately, then ensure that it is fully working (or has a money back guarantee) and certainly don't pay more than US$20 or GBP£15.

Good luck and please take a moment to rate my answer.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Sep 17, 2010


Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010

Check if the battery is fully charged. you may try resetting the Camera to the factory settings. If the issue persists, try power resetting the Camera. To power reset, remove the battery of the Camera and press and hold the power button for 30 seconds and reinsert the battery after one minute and check the operation. If the issue still persists, the service is required.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Jul 27, 2010

If we assume that the lens cap has been removed for the pictures, then you have other issues. The shutter is not opening. Why?
1. mechanical issue like something broken, bent, jumped out of the track.
solution: repair shop

2. electronic issue like exposure module died, misreading exposure sensor, flash not raising and firing, etc.
solution: repair shop.

Repair shop will also Clean, Lube and Adjust.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on May 03, 2010

If the battery door is broken then you may be able to have it repaired. Contact us at SpartanPhotoCenter 864-583-6835 to se if we have the part in stock. Repair for just the battery door with return shipping in the USA is $ 55.00

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Apr 29, 2010

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