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New battery,still no power...

My daughter wants to learn the art of photography. I want to give her my old F3 that I don't use anymore. I put a new battery in it but can't seem to get it to power up. Is there a common fix or do I need to take it to a shop?

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  • murkw00d Dec 26, 2008

    THanks. Tried it with no success. Sounds like I need to take it into a shop...


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I used to work in a camera store and was confronted with this problem often. Try using an ink eraser to clean the contacts in the camera. Use an old style ink pen with one of those white erasers on the end. Easier to insert in the battery cavity.

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