Hi all. I've just acquired a used Canon Rebel XT and every pic it takes is very dark. Using the built-in flash, and even the external flash doesn't seem to matter. It will only take a decent pic if the subject is less than 2 feet away, even in a well-lighted room. And it doesn't change on different settings either. I thought it may be the just the visual quality of the viewing screen, but the images look the same downloaded so it's not that. Anyone that may have an insight to this? Thanks!
I am mostly using the P auto setting. Have tried all ISO and flash combinations. I've reset everything to default settings. Nothing seems to change it. Yesterday, while messing with it, I actually got it to take a decent picture - at least 1/2 of a decent picture. The top half of the image looked great, and wasn't dark. The bottom half of the image was total black, as if something was in front of the lens. This leads me to believe that the shutter is actually not working right. May by time for a repair. Thanks everyone for your help!
And this only happens while using flash? Nospmisk is right. Maybe you don't have HSS on (or maybe are using a faster shutter speed). . . but you are on program AE so Isn't the camera supposed to automatically set shutter speed and aperture when flash is used?
Check to see if your exposure compensation is set to the left, read the manual and check that. If that's good, set the camera on a table, put it in manual, without the flash. Set your ISO at 100, your timer on ten seconds so nothing moves, and your aperature at say, 8. If you've read the manual, you should be able to use the wheel next to the shutter button to change the shutter speed. If you have live view, turn it on. Move the wheel left or right, you might have to move it a lot either way, until the blinkie is in the center. Take picture, move the blinkie one notch to the right, take another picture. Do that four times and check out the pictures. If nothing changes, you'll have to send the camera in for repair.