Are your shutter speeds normal? What you are describing sounds like a stuck aperture - something that would require exchange or repair. Change to Aperture priority mode and see if you can adjust the aperture. Try a near wide open aperture - like f/5.
I had this happen once with a new lens - very frustrating. It's a minor issue but probably more easily resolved by exchanging the camera and lens for a replacement kit. In my case I sent the lens for warranty service since it had a 3 month wait for a replacement.
Just wandered over to the seafront as the weather is not too bad today. reasonably bright and clear day. Pictures are coming out clear and crisp yet when i look through the view finder before i take the shot, it looks like nightfall.
ive just taken one in a well lit room with no flash and set it to live view, the screen is black yet the picture comes out fine.
Sat 29-Dec-12 11:13 AM | edited Sat 29-Dec-12 11:15 AM by ericbowles
With Auto selected and Auto ISO the camera is probably able to compensate for a stuck aperture. Check the images to see if aperture and ISO are actually changing with each image.
Try Aperture priority with a fixed ISO - not auto ISO. See if you can confirm that Aperture is not changing. Then try Shutter priority and see if the aperture automatically changes.
I'm pretty sure you have a stuck aperture in your lens. It is stuck at a narrow setting - probably all the way stopped down to f/22 which is why everything is dark. Normally the viewfinder is bright because the aperture wide open for focus regardless of your settings.
Mon 31-Dec-12 01:28 PM | edited Mon 31-Dec-12 01:29 PM by four eighty sparky
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How does one adjust the brightness of the viewfinder?
I know how to change the brightness of the monitor, but the viewfinder?
I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!