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Old August 9th, 2004, 10:10 AM   #181
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Borrow your friend's XL1 and use the substitution method of diagnosis.

If that's not possible, remove both batteries and clean up all the contacts. Install a fresh backup battery and check the result. Also, make sure your viewfinder connection cable is secure and free of debris.

Beyond that, you will likely require a visit to the Canon repair depot.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #182
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Jimmy -- Thanks for your reply. I have definitely verified that the viewfinder cable is okay. I didn't think to check the battery because I didn't think there would be any connection between it and the problem, especially since the rest of the camera continues to work fine. But I will check it. Hmmm...there's only another XL1 I know of in the area. I'll see if I can try my viewfinder on it. Thanks again.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 10:26 AM   #183
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For your reference, the replacement cost of the color viewfinder is $399 (list). The Canon part number is FU-500. Check our Classifieds forum as these occasionally come up for sale from folks upgrading to the monochrome CRT viewfinder.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 10:28 AM   #184
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Chris -- Thanks. That's very helpful to know...it may be that I have to go the route of buying a new one. :-(
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Old October 15th, 2004, 08:18 PM   #185
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Old January 27th, 2005, 01:03 AM   #186
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Viewfinder problem

the swivel on my viewfinder is now so loose if just flops about. I'm wondering if there is a home remedy for this problem.
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Old January 30th, 2005, 05:04 AM   #187
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I don't have my XL1S anymore, but isn't there something around
that area you can tighten or something? Otherwise it sounds like
a trip to the factory....
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Old January 30th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #188
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Not sure what you mean by "swivel," is it the assembley that allows the CVF to rotate? If so there are a pair of internal plates that keep it aligned for rotation with a spacer between them, it may be that the screws that hold them are loose and need tightening. Requires at least partial disassembly of the CVF.

As an expedient, what happens if you place a small rubber band or carefully wedge some other soft friction material (thin leather) in the gap between the viewfinder and the mount to take up some of the slack?
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Old January 30th, 2005, 07:07 PM   #189
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like I might be able to disassemble it and retighten some screws. Worth a try anyway. I priced a new viewfinder and found them rather steep.

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Old February 1st, 2005, 05:22 AM   #190
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You might be able to send the EVF only in to Canon for repair. if you do not feel up to doing it yourself.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 03:25 PM   #191
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I took it apart and found some screws to tighten...it seemed to help. Thanks for the replies
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Old March 10th, 2005, 02:53 PM   #192
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Question with the color viewfinder for XL1S

Hi everybody. First excuse my poor english but Im from France.
I just received my new XL1S a few days ago and I have a question relating to the camcorder.
When I turn on the power, the image in the viewfinder is unstable for a few seconds, but when the inner software of the video camera is done, the image is good. Do you have the same thing when you turn on your camera (in fact we can see white lines that disappear very quickly). Im not sure its normal but it can be, thank u for your answers. Its the same problem when you start the VCR program. Some users in France have the same thing. But because the camera is new, i would like to have your advice.
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Old March 10th, 2005, 10:24 PM   #193
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Most equipment including the XL1S take a few seconds to stabilize.Computers,vtrs, monitors,TVs all can give a little flicker etc. until power and the capacitors charge and stabilize.
Direct answer to your questions is yes my XL1S does exactly that .
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Old March 10th, 2005, 11:39 PM   #194
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Yes, you have to give it a short minute to boot up. No big deal,
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Old March 21st, 2005, 02:57 AM   #195
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Hi Max

I had white flashing in my XL1s viewfinder at startup and thought that it was just a warming up thing and didn't think much of it. As I'm new to camera operation the camera only came out of it's bag about once per week so that I could get use to it's operation. But about a week after my 90 day warranty ran out the flashing turned into a full blown fault with green, pink, white flashing then the camera would shut off. Canon said it was a faulty Printed Circuit Board. But after I got it back from repair it still had the same fault and is now back there being repaired again. It's actually been there in total since the 5th of January 05. My camera is probably an unusual case as I know people who say they treat there XL1s's rough and they never have had any problems.

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