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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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XL-H1 viewfinder problem

My XLh1 was on a shoot yesterday (someone else using it)....and the viewfinder "all of a sudden" got really dark. The recorded image was fine, it was just a viewfinder issue. I know the cameraman who was using it likes to explore gear and push lots of buttons, so I searched through all the menus...nothing looks out of place. So, has anyone ever seen this happen before? Did something in the viewfinder blow out?

I quickly searched the interwebs for a replacement, but it looks like the only one you can get is the B&W version...any advice would be appreciated.

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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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Re: XL-H1 viewfinder problem

Sometimes the most obvious issues get overlooked; so just in case have you tried unplugging the viewfinder and replugging it in (when the unit is off)?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Re: XL-H1 viewfinder problem

yup, tried that.

I have a feeling the viewfinder was unplugged while it was on, could that have messed something up? Camera man was looking to unplug the onboard mic and pulled the viewfinder plug instead.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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Re: XL-H1 viewfinder problem

That could be it, but I've haven't actually heard of that specific problem before.

I had heard that the XLH1 was prone to blown fuses if you messed with the firewire port or changed lenses while it was on. For that reason I always shut it off before I changed any cables or lenses.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Those fuses aren't accessible, are they? I'm guessing that means a trip to canon.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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Re: XL-H1 viewfinder problem

So it's still 'dark' ? Try a reset before you send it in. Check your manual.

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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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Yup....still dark. Allan, what reset are you referring to? (just checked the manual, I don't see any reset instructions).
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #8
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Mike, I don't have a H1 but the Canon XH-A1 and A1s both have reset buttons on top of the cam under the foldout EVF and instructions in the manual saying how to activate it. So I assume the H1 has one.. ? HTH

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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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ok, found the reset button (had to do a search through the PDF manual, because it's not in the index)....pressed it for 10 seconds....and....still dark.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #10
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Re: XL-H1 viewfinder problem

My instructions say to power the cam with AC not battery and make a list of all my custom settings because they'll be deleted with a camera reset.

Just a thought, your H1 is not on auto with the iris closed down? No? .. oh well Plan B off to the shop.

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