Canon 400d Half Black Photo Problem

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  1. thefeature

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    Hi,

    This is my first time posting on the forum but it seems as though there are a lot of experts here that might be able to help, as I have tried scouring the internet for my problem and cannot find an answer.

    I have a Canon 400d and it has been working fine up until recently. No matter which lens I use (default 18-55mm lens or my other Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens), my pictures seem to only take a third of an image. The rest is faded out black, as you can see here:

    http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r572/bhuk83/cannon_pictures_007_Small.jpg
    http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r572/bhuk83/cannon_pictures_006_Small.jpg

    I have tried factory resetting back to default settings and both AF and manual mode, so I am not exactly sure what the problem could be?

    I currently have a SanDisk 4GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card in the camera, and wonder if it is this that is faulty - or something else internally?

    Note: One other thing I noticed recently, before I made the factory reset, is that the camera often gave the 'busy' message a lot in AF mode even when I wasn't shooting continuously and tried all the standard troubleshooting - such as standing further back, waiting for a period of time for flash to recharge etc.

    That is why I was wondering if a faulty card could cause this black fade problem?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
  2. simonblue

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    Looks like it could be a shutter or a mirror problem,its not a card problem.

    If it still under g/tee take it back,if not it might have to go Canon for repair.

    :)
     
  3. thefeature

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    Thanks for the reply - although that was not the answer I was hoping for! ;)

    It is out of warranty, so I might have a look at the shutter/mirrors to see if I can locate the exact problem. Failing that, it looks like I might have to send it away for repair.
     
  4. John7

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    To me, it lloks like the mirror is not fully raising.

    Set a longish shutter speed (4 or 5 seconds) take the lens off, look into the mirror box and fire the shutter - you should be able to see if it is the mirror or the shutter.

    I doubt very much whether a repair to either of those parts would be cost effective though, probably cheaper to sell it on e bay for parts and buy yourself a new one IMHO
     
  5. cosmicma

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    you mentioned flash
    what shutter speed are you using ?

    the camera will not sync with the onboard flash above 1/250th and will cause blacking out of some of the photo but i have never seen it that severe before
     
  6. DolbyDan

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    Shutter looks shot unfortunately
     
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    The EXIF data on the images you posted showed a shutter speed of 1/500th Sec and no flash,

    If you were using flash it would have been the shutter speed was the problem (Too High, Flash will only Sync upto 1/200sec on the 400D)

    But as these images were not taken with flash then its a sticky shutter I am afraid. On a 400D probably cost more than the value of the camera I am afraid.
     

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