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Can't take pictures

Shutter button appears not to be working, or only very intermittently

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  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    I just purchase the camera from a user on eBay and installed a new battery, but the shutter is not working at all. There is a small click noise, but nothing happens. I tried it with the mirror lock up and down, but nothing. I followed all of the user guides sugestions, but nothing. Appreciate if anyone has any sugestions....

  • KJ1971 Nov 26, 2008

    I have Minolta Maxxum 300si for the past couple of years, but just recently the shutter stopped working and am unable to click any pictures. Please let me know what exactly might have gone wrong? Thanks. KJ

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Which camera are you speaking of, make, model?

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This may seem really silly, but have you checked the batteries, low or weak batteries is the most common cause of problems in cameras.

If the battery is old or low in power it may have enough for you to switch the camera on but not enough to actualy operate.

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c3015.gif Fill flash and flash off modes remain selected after you take the picture. To cancel the selection, press the mode-selection button or close and reopen the lens cover/flash to return to the auto-flash mode.
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