I was shooting away with a Kalima Flash on my Phoenix camera. I shot like 16 pictures and decided to take a break. Turned the camera off and the flash. When I tried using it again, the camera did not turn on. I thought it was the batteries. So I switched the batteries from my other camera, (both SLR), but the batteries worked fine.
The shutter doesn't go all the way down. The light meter doesn't turn on. Does any one have any idea what could be wrong with it? Please help.
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Yes, but not in the Auto mode, where the camera decides whether or not it needs the flash. Switch to the P mode, which works like Auto except you have control over the flash, exposure, and other factors. See pages 26 and 42 of this manual.
put simply the ISO number is how sensitive the film is to light, the higher the number the more sensitive the film. The ISO on the camera sets the exposure system to give the proper exposure for that film (the f/n80 usually sets the ISO automaticly). Also the higher the ISO the more grainy the picture, I would recommend using ISO 200 film for the pictures you describe. I would set the camera to the P setting it is a good all-around setting.
Not knowing if you are shooting in auto or have recently switched from manual to auto shooting you may have adjusted your f-stop on the lens, make sure you adjust the ring to align with the auto setting (the f-22 in red letters) with the dot on the lens) then the camera will be allowed to open for enough light to take the shot.
Remove the lens from camera.
Look inside pass the mirror, how is the shutter?
Should be flat with the film with no warp or opened shutters.
Or try this:
Lens out, set camera to M (manual mode).
Shutter set at 1 (One Second).
Lnes drive pin (recessed) fully into the body, not S or C.
Set self timer on.
Press shutter button.
Camera should blink and then shutter should be tripped.
This will also check to see if you have enough power for min. of one shot.
the shutter assembly is not fully open when shooting. Maybe the motor driving is possibly weak already. You have to bring it to the service center, if the price is not right, better buy a digital camera compatible with your minolta lenses. ( films are getting obsolete fast, but the lenses are not)