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05-10-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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k200d viewfinder broken/black, pictures overexposed, help??

I'm kind of freaking out since I love my k200d despite not knowing *that* much about dslr's, and since this is our last day of vacation and I don't want to miss taking pictures!

I'm really confused about what's going on. I've just read the whole k200d manual and understand a lot more than I did, but not enough to have a clue on this problem.

I was taking pictures and everything was ideal! Then suddenly the viewfinder went black. Maybe I bumped a button or something as I put my camera down to my side for a sec? At first I thought the shutter was stuck closed. So I tried turning it off and on again, and replacing the batteries. I tried looking through settings and couldn't find any clues, and I reset everything to factory defaults. Still nothing is working!

The displays still work in the viewfinder. On auto-focus the in-focus icon blinks but never goes solid, as do the aperture value and shutter speed displays. The capture button does not work in auto-focus mode but does work in manual mode. All the pictures turn out completely over-exposed no matter how I try to adjust things, including putting it on Auto Picture.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on or what I can do about it? I can try to provide more info if that'll help at all. Thank you so much!!

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More info: It seems like the images are closer to being normal now, just out of focus. The shutter appears to be working properly and the cap is off (duh) and the pictures don't have any color distortion or anything. Oh, and the camera hasn't been through any rough handling lately. I was at the beach but it wasn't raining or near any water spray (I've had it get wet from waterfalls and wave spray before with no problems at all months/years ago). The problem came on very suddenly.
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Have you tried putting a different lens on the camera?

Have you tried cleaning the lens and camera contacts with a soft cloth?

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Sounds like the mirror is stuck up?

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QuoteOriginally posted by markdesmarais Quote
Sounds like the mirror is stuck up?
That or a super slow shutter speed.
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I guess markdesmarais hit the nail on the head.

Switch the camera off, take the lens of and look inside. Do you see the mirror (under a 45 degree angle) or the shutter or the sensor? You should see the first.

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Thank you everyone! I wish it were easier to find pictures of the guts of cameras, and I would have spent a lot fewer hours on this! Finally I was watching a youtube video on how to clean the sensor, and it led me to something else, where I saw the mirror pop down...and then I realized it WAS stuck up there! Before that I thought maybe it was entirely missing or something.

So I took the lens off, manually flipped the mirror down, took a picture, had it stick again, so just manually flipped it down and took several more pictures...and it appears to be fixed!!
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Glad to hear it is functional again!

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