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No picture is taken when shutter release button is pressed

All other features seem to be working fine, but pressing the shutter release button does not take a picture. Auto focus works on half press of shutter release, but nothing else occurs when fully depressed. New batteries, new photo card, went through set up again, tried all settings. No joy. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: No picture is taken when shutter release button is...

Just confirming that taking the battery out and tapping the base of the camera very gently seems to have corrected the problem. I am slightly worried though as I have started glamour photography and a model costs quite a bit. What happens if camera doesn't work. Would really like to know the reason for the glitch.

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Re: No picture is taken when shutter release button is...

Are those NiMH batteries? Have you tried resetting the camera? If no standard way, just take out batteries for a few minutes, the more the merrier, let the tension build, and replace them. Try tapping on the lens area, it might loose something up. Best I can do, know it aint much ;] Good luck!

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