Older Canon Rebel not taking pictures

Discussion in 'Canon' started by bmcdougald, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. bmcdougald

    bmcdougald Guest

    I bought an early 90's model Canon EOS Rebel off eBay last fall
    primarily for taking outdoor shots and learning photography. I
    promptly took it out and shot a roll of film through it to verify the
    camera worked, and all of the pictures came out OK. Colors looked
    good, any other problems I attributed to my lack of photographic
    skills. I put the camera back in the bag where it sat until Spring.
    In March, we took a family vacation to Colorado and I shot approx. 12
    rolls of Kodak 400 film through the camera, but nearly every roll has
    come back blank, with the exception of 1 or 2 rolls that have had
    *MAYBE* half a dozen exposures turn out, but those exposures look
    washed out, meaning the colors were very light or drab, not clear and
    crisp. One or two exposures came out cropped, showing maybe 2/3 of
    the snapshot.

    I have opened the back of the camera and snapped a button with the
    lens off, and the mirror and shutter *seem* to be working fine. Could
    this be a battery problem?

    bmcdougald, Jun 1, 2007
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  2. bmcdougald

    JimKramer Guest

    Not likely to be a battery problem, usually an all or nothing failure.
    Sounds like it's time for a CLA for a sticky shutter. Or Better.. got
    to KEH and get a Elan II or a 7 for $60-100.

    Good luck which ever path you choose.
    JimKramer, Jun 1, 2007
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  3. I have had similar problems with a T90. The cause was the shutter failing to
    run properly and the cure was simply to fire off a shot every couple of
    seconds for quite a long time!

    I would have expected your shutter to be working properly after 12 rolls of
    film so, yes, as someone else suggested, see if it is worth the cost of a
    CLA (clean - lubricate - adjust). You may find it cheaper to buy another
    body (so keep the faulty one for spares, eg the LCD display if it has one).

    Regards and good luck,

    Fred Anonymous, Jun 1, 2007
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