Camera has never been a problem...it sat for about 6-9 months and I needed to replace the battery...replaced it and nothing...I get a slight beep and still nothing...does this sound like a major problem...I checked the battery points and they look clean... any help greatly appreciated.... thanks, Dave (South Jersey)
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Re: Minolta maxxum 5000i
It may be worth the effort to try one more battery. Lithium batteries may show good on a tester or meter but still be too weak to power a camera. A good photo store should let you try the battery before you purchase it.
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link to your manual, it tells us that we have a winding motor problem, I would do as you have done, so I would ensure that batterys are in great shape, the only other thing I could suggest is to try to turn the winding motor by hand in case it is just locked up. Failing that I presume the motor has died and needs replacement.
The problem sounds like the camera did not reset properly after the last exposure. Minolta deigned the camera to keep the aperture fully open except during exposure. During exposure it snaps the aperture down to the selected opening, then opens it again to allow enough light for proper focusing. If it did not fully open the blades after the shot, much less light would pass through the lens. The viewfinder would be darker and look murky. Most likely cause? Dried up lubricants in the camera. Next likely cause? Teeth broken on a plastic gear. Get it to a camera repair place. Get estimates first.
Hello, depending on the class he is taking you may find that a normal digital camera will suffice. Most camera classes and courses now use digital, unfortunately the old film cameras are becoming a thing of the past. If your son is a mad keen photographer then I would consider investing in his future and buy him a good quality digital SLR. I hope this is somewhat helpful.
Auto focus makes noise? Its been jarred outa position or tiny mirror behind main mirror outa alignment.
AF silent? AF module needs replaced = repair shop.
Considering what you'll pay for the repair, buy another Maxxum on Ebay for less and give the 5000 to a repair guy for parts to repair others.
That generates goodwill with the repair guy. Maybe a discount on a future repair, and get you a newer Maxxum with better AF, more features, less weight, it will use all your current stuff except flash, and you'll save $$ over the repair price.
Look for a 500xi, 700 xi, 50, 70, 5, XTsi or HTsi.
I had the same problem. After I replaced the lithium backup battery, everything works perfectly. It is a CR2016 watch battery and it is located behind the silover plate inside the battery compartment. Remove the 6 screws and replace the battery. Note the polarity when you remove the plate because the camera will not operate if if it is put in backwards.