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Shutter wont open when there is not enough light

Is there a setting that is causing this because I cannot find it?
It stops me taking photos on B or deliberately significantly underexposing.
I want to be able to make my own mistakes.
Help needed please.
regards Garth

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Is this camera under warranty?

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