03-23-2019 11:43 AM
Just picked up a used 7D recently. Having troubles getting anything to appear above 1/2500. I was trying to shoot sunspots, and normally use a combination of ND filters and 1/4000 (max on the T3). I just tried it again with the same lens on the T3. Works fine like always. However, on the 7D, anything above 1/2500 is black. I've tried auto ISO and everything else I can think of. Is there another setting somewhere in the menu that I'm missing?
03-23-2019 12:52 PM - edited 03-23-2019 12:53 PM
Have you tried to reset the camera back to factory defaults, yet? Anytime you buy a used DSLR, it is always a good idea to reset the camera to a known state, the factory default. It sounds like a “Safety Shift” could be enabled, if it has that feature.
If you have not downloaded the instruction manual from the Canon Support 7D product page, then I suggest you do so. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the camera’s features, most especially the options in the menu system.
03-23-2019 02:33 PM
“....However, on the 7D, anything above 1/2500 is black....”
Wait a second. Are you saying that you can set higher shutter speeds, but the images are always black? If so, then you may have a bad shutter. That sounds like an unusual type of mechanical failure, though.
03-23-2019 02:39 PM
Yep, that's what I'm saying. It sounds like the shutter is working, but I get a blank image every time on any shutter speed over 1/2500th. I think I'll swing by the store yet today and see if they have any ideas.
03-23-2019 04:18 PM
UPDATE: Took it back to the store. Two of them checked it over and concurred that something's definitely wrong. They think the shutter might be not opening at higher speeds...sooo...off to the Canon repair facility in Palo Alto. She said she'd give me a list of whatever they found wrong when they return it, so I'll post an update here.
Thanks for the help!
04-12-2019 01:04 AM
Got it back yesterday. Shutter assembly had to be replaced because it was "shorted causing under-exposure". Got the standard cleaning/adjusting/firmware upgrade, too. Just like having a new camera, and comes with a six-month factory warranty.