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Robert H. Dyslin
 

Camera Defect or Malfunction


My friend has a Canon EOS 650 and when film is processed half of the picture is missing. He doesn't recall if it is the top or bottom portion. I have heard of such a problem but do not remember the cause of this fault. Please advise.


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9/6/2003 5:32:24 PM

 
Brenda Tharp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2003
  Robert - it sounds to me as if the shutter curtain is sticking, or broken. That's when you'll get only half an image. Or, if your friend was using flash, the shutter speed was set higher than the flash can sync to.
Hope this helps!


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9/6/2003 9:58:22 PM

 
Robert H. Dyslin   Thanks Brenda for your speedy reply. Is this an expensive repair procedure? Can you suggest a repair facility in the Tampa/ St. Pete, Fl area, or an out of town mailing address? I had never heard of this model before and will try to find some professional reviews about its spot in the history of SLR's. One of my cameras is the Canon AE-1 Program which I purchased new many years ago. Just recently I cleaned and oiled it as best as I could and it seems to work very well. A more recent aquisition is my Nikon N65. I am making a feeble attempt to self learn both digital and film photography useing my Olympus C 700 and Canon A70 and Olympus 510 digital cameras. I much prefer the digital cameras since I really don't have much interest or need for prints but instead enjoy the slide shows on computer. Thanks again, Bob Dyslin Ocala, FL


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9/7/2003 1:26:30 AM

 
Brenda Tharp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2003
  I don't know of a local reputable place near you, but you might suggest to you friend to send it to Canon directly, or to call around to find out what repair shops are authorized Canon repair centers. Wish I could help more, but that's all. I use Canon Pro Services for my repairs, but I'm enrolled in their Pro program... Good luck!


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9/7/2003 9:39:41 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Specifications and introduction dates for Canon cameras (and lenses) can be found at Canon's online Camera Museum, at http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/index.html

The 650 was the first of Canon's EOS model autofocus cameras, introduced in 1987. Some older cameras have developed sticky shutters after lubricant or a gummy substance (deteriorated foam/rubber seals?) leaks onto the shutter blades. This is a very delicate job to clean and should be left to a professional.


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9/9/2003 5:22:33 AM

 
Michael McCullough   You are more than likely Not in sync with the proper flash speed for the camera, set the speed with care and stay below or at flash sync. recomendations, a real simple thing to do!


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9/9/2003 9:14:07 AM

 
Robert H. Dyslin   Thanks Jon and Michael. This new information will be forwarded to my friend.


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9/9/2003 11:30:27 AM

 
Maurice Joseph   Hi Robert,
I had the same problem with my EOS 650. Some seal in there deteriorated and got the shutter curtain stuck (kept open for a long time - also you could see the tar like substance on the shutter). Sometimes it would click properly and sometimes not. I took it to Canon and two weeks later it is working good. Cost Canadian $200.00.


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9/9/2003 1:25:16 PM

 
Jeff Grove   Robert;
To find out where there's a Canon repair facility, just call
1-800-828-4040 (that's Canon,USA) give them your zip code, and they'll hook you up with the closest authorized repair facility near you.


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9/14/2003 5:09:33 AM

 
Vlad    It seems I'm having the same problem with my EOS 630.. There is a sticky substance on my shutter and I'm getting intermittant stickyness. Is there a solvent that I can get to try and remove that sticky glue from the shutters. The repair time is of the essence.


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9/29/2003 11:17:43 AM

 
Maurice Joseph   HI VLAD
TAKE IT TO CANON THEY WILL CHANGE THE SHUTTER CURTAIN IT WILL COST YOU AROUND
CDN$ 200.00 I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM


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9/29/2003 11:32:13 AM

 
Vlad    Hi Maurice,

I just visited the Canon Eastern Headquarters here in N.J. (they are 25 minutes away from me) and they told me they don't work on cameras that are more than 7 years old and gave me a list of authorized repair locations. I'm tempted to try and use hairspray or lighter fluid on that sticky substance.


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9/29/2003 1:20:26 PM

 
Maurice Joseph   HI VLAD
I'M SURPRISED AT THAT I JUST GOT MY
EOS 650
REPAIRED COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO IN CANADA.
ANY WAY USING HAIRSPRAY OR LIGHTER FLUID ON THE SHUTTER TO CLEAN
.......NO I WILL NOT TRY THAT


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9/30/2003 11:27:46 AM

 
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