When I tried to turn on my camera the message 'Replace the batteries' appeared on the display. It came up even after changing to new batteries 2-3 times. The batteries were inserted correctly. Can anyone help?
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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.
Sometimes cameras get "confused" if the battery is allowed to die and is replaced. Remove the batteries and wait 30 minutes for the camera to reset then put the batteries back in. This works on rare occasions and does not cost anything to try.
take off the battery holder and remove the screws on the metal plate. gently lift the plate and replace the battery. remember the different length of the screws.
camera may need a little time to for the circuit to energize.
I had a similar problem with my 8000i. Parts are getting scarce for these older Maxxums, but you can still get it repaired. Unless you are emotionally attached to this 7000i consider replacing it. You should be able to find another on Ebay for a decent price. You might also consider the subsequent generations which offer better AF performance. The 650xi, 700xi and 800xi are all good cameras and available on Ebay. Lighter versions like the Maxxum 70 and the XTsi are also available. The last of the film Maxxums was the single digit 7. It is generally regarded as the best of the Maxxum series, but still sells on Ebay over 150.00 typically. These subsequent models will take all your maxxum lenses and flashes. These newer models offer many other features and often less weight to carry around.
Maxxum 7000 are cheap these days. Get a used one on Ebay and keep yours for parts. Better yet, get a 7000i, 700xi, 650xi, 800xi or a Maxxum 5, 7, or 9. Why? More focus points, faster AF, more options, same lenses. But you will need to replace your flash. BTW...remove batteries when you aren't put it away.
Sounds like the aperture control mechanism is bad (Minolta Maxxums are famous for this problem). I would recommend sending the camera to Sony for repair (Sony now owns Minolta's photographic departments). I've been repairing the Minolta Maxxum cameras for over 15 years and I prefer to send the Maxxum 7 in for this repair do to Minolta's difficult design of this camera.