While I was taking pictures, near the end of my film, the camera stopped allowing me to snap any shots. The screen is blank regardless if it's on or off, except that the film is flashing. My first instinct was that the batteries were dead, but I just replaced them, and it's still not working. I've pressed the P button above the on/off switch, and it resets it for a second, while making a mechanical rewinding sound.
Help me please. How do I get my camera back up and running?
Sounds like the batteries went dead, and the internal lithium memory battery was already dead, causing it to forget the settings. install fresh batteries, and reset the ISO of youtr film by holding down the ISO button, and pressing the up/down buttons behind the shutter release. That should return it to normal, but you will have the same problem again whenever you are changing the batteries until you replace the lithium cell. To change the lithium cell, remove tha battery pack, and open the metal plate in the camera's battery compartment. The cell is a lithium CR 2016.
If that does not fix it, you may have a broken camera.
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Is the ERR blinking, and is there an additional blinking E on the display? If so, the film is not loaded properly. The film is supposed to advance all the way to the take-up spool upon loading. The camera then "rewinds" one frame at a time as you take pictures. This way the camera knows exactly how many shots are left on the roll. Also, if the back is accidentally opened, the shots already taken are already in the can and won't be ruined. If you need a manual, you may download a copy here. Try cleaning the battery contacts and see whether the battery reads full with no film in the camera. If problems persists, feel free to reply to this post and give any additional details.
You may have hit the end of the film. Rewind the film back to the spool until the very end gets back in the shell.
If you think you still have unexposed film do the following.
Rewind about 1-2 full rotations.
Cover the lens using the cap. We're doing this so that step 2.3 will not spoil your last pictures.
Take 2 shots (with the lens cover).
This time the button at the button should have popped out.
That same problem popped up on mine about three months ago after I put new film in it. I was only able to get a few shots out of it before HELP appeared in the window. Then everything locked up. I was able to reset the HELP by taking out the battery momentarily, but the problem reappeared. Also, after that, my pictures were mostly blank.
I opened up the back and found that one of the four thin metal shutter "flaps" had popped out and was jammed out of place. I probably snagged it with my fingernail when I loaded the film. I was able to tuck it back in place and now the HELP problem is gone.
Haven't taken any pics yet, but I'm hopeful. BTW, it also fixed my built-in flash, which had stopped working, also.
The frame counter will read at least the number of frames the film should have. If the camera will no longer 'fire', the film has probably come to an end. Rewind the film and take it out normally. You'll notice if the film is no completely exposed since the rewind time is relatevily short. Anyway, it's better to have a few pictures than no pictures at all.
Part of the problem is how much light is passed through the lens to the AF sensors below the mirror. The camera wants to confirm focus before allowing the shot. If not enough light for the sensor to confirm, no release!!
Suggestions: 1. pick sunny days to shoot. I know, birds don't care how sunny it is. 2. Push the button on the front, and put the camera in Manual focus mode. Focus it yourself, and take yer shot. 3. Get a lens that passes more light. On the lens you will see a 1:4-5.6 or something similar. it may have the letter f/4.5-5.6. This relates to how much light the lens passes to the film and sensors. Lower numbers mean more light passes. Hence a 2.8 passes more that a 5.6. You should be able to find a lens in the 70-200mm range with 2.8 rating on Ebay. Max light transmission varies with the lens extension. More light will pass at the shorter 70mm than at the 200 end, even if the lens is wide open the entire time. Note the 4-5.6. There are 2.8-4 lenses and there are lenses that are 2.8 for all focal lengths, but they are much higher in price.
Make sure when you load your film, that the cogs are actually winding the film. Many a roll has been "shot" with the film ever advancing. If you see what your taking, that is really about all that it could be.
you should have at least 6in. of exposed film from the film canister to the take-up spool unless you loaded the film in total darkness.
open the back cover to make sure the shutter is working, reload and give it another try.
Chances are the film had quite a bit of curl to it (often a sign of old film) and it was not pulled over quite far enough during auto loading, or perhaps too far and it had too much slack that the take up reel never grabbed it to advance it thru. You're not the first one this has happened to as the auto load is not as reliable as the older style where you had to load the film leader through a slot in the take up reel.
I would suggest you buy an off-brand roll of 12 or 24 exposures. Run it through the camera taking snaps of anything -- but make sure you vary the lighting, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. as you snap the pics. Don't worry too much about composition. This roll is a quick test, NOT for photos to keep.
Have the film developed and then follow-up with comments on the results. I'll gladly assist you further at that time. Char1ieJ