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When I look through the viewfinder, everything is very dark, I can barely see what I am trying to focus on. The auto focus does function but it is hard to determine what I am looking at. I can take a picture but it is very dark. The camera does work with another lens so it appears to be a problem just with this lens.

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Sounds to me like the aperture diaphragm on the lens is stuck in a small opening position. If you detach the lens from the camera and look through it, is the whole opening light or just a small dot in the middle? The diaphragm can stick if it gets a drop of oil on it.

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