When i try to put the lithium batteries in, the camera shuts down completely. there is a little metal catch that presses down when the batteries are put in, and this seems to shut the camera down - i have tried pressing it down with my finger, and the same thing happens.
the strange thing is, the camera let me take about 30 shots, and recorded them to the memory card, without the batteries being in at all! no idea what this problem caould be, be really grateful for any solutions or advice, thanks a lot!
If your lithium batteries are depleted, having them in the camera will shut it down. A common cause of depleting the lithium batteries is leaving them in the camera while using the AC power adapter. For some odd reason, the Fuji engineers did not build in a disconnect circuit when on AC power. You should always remove the lithium batteries when using the AC adapter.
The Fuji S2 will run fine without the lithium batteries, except that you will not be able to use the built-in flash. Fuji recommends that as an "emergency" procedure, but I ran my S2 off NiMH AAs only for my heavy use over four years with no adverse effects.
If you buy the MB-16 battery pack or one of the modified versions for the S2, you would be able to use 8 AA batteries to power the camera, including the built-in flash, and never touch another lithium battery. The MB-16 itself does require some modification in filing off edges around the base and building up material around the post to firmly engage the switch you found.
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You should have two types of batteries. 2 CR123A batteries: (lithium) 4 AA batteries (alkaline or nickel-metal hydride) Never use Nicad batteries. Never use different batteries together. that is for the four AA batteries. They should be the same brand and the same capacity. The lithium batteries should be the same brand and same date. Before changing batteries, always switch off the camera.
When you use rechargeable batteries, be sure you did charge them fully, before putting them in the camera.
I had a very similar problem a couple of years ago. Found intermittent power from AA source when battery tray was moved slightly while shooting. I ordered a new AA battery tray from Fuji ($50 I think), problem solved, no trouble since. The tray must hold the batteries tightly against the contacts inside the camera. Camera had only shot about 5000 frames when the problem arose. Hope this helps.
Check your battery tray and that it has clean contacts. I'm sure you will find that if you place some pressure on the tray to push the batterys in just that fraction more when you take a pic that it will work fine and wont do the annoying beep and shut off. Maybe it has become a little loose over time and isint quite as tight on the contacts as it used to be.
the lithium batteries power the flash and some of the metering. But if they drop below a certain power, the camera dies.
The F33 error is probably the accidental movement of the aperture ring on the lense. If you get the error, check the aperture ring is set.
Try removing the lens, the memory card, and the lithium batteries. With freshly charged AA batteries, turn the camera on. If it comes on without the "err" message in that case, your problem lies with the memory card, the lens, or the lithium batteries. Turn off the camera and add these things until you encounter the problem again.
For a lens, check to make sure the electronic contacts are clean and that the lens gets fully twisted into place, and that if there is an aperture lock, that the aperture is set to the smallest possible aperture (22 or 16, usually).
For the memory card, reformat it elsewhere if it is causing problems. The Fuji S2 is notorious for being picky about memory cards.
Lithium batteries that are slightly run-down can cause all sorts of issues. Your S2 doesn't need to use lithium batteries, except for the built-in flash. You can add an extra AA battery pack to replace the lithium batteries, and that will improve the camera's reliability.