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Mirror stays up

When the shutter is pressed the mirror goes up, stays there and locks up the camera. Remove the battery and this resets the camera! any ideas/

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Check first if there is/not a Mirror lock Some makes have it. Failing that it seems there is a mirror mechanism fault. Establish exactly what you think it is and then onto Canon Tech Support team for their help you may need to return it to Canon.

Posted on May 28, 2007

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By "stayed up", do you mean that the mirror remained in the up position so that you could not see anything in the viewfinder or do you mean that the shutter actually remained open? I do not remember the exact features on your camera, but in general, this is what I would do.

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