I tried taking a pic with a very low F stop and -0s shutter speed, it took way to long to snap the pic and now the screen says Help...I took the bat. out and put it back in and it took one pic then the "help" message came back again...What the f is wrong with my camera, i think i'm gonna have a heartattack
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I am not sure, but have you played with the camera manual setting ?
if you did
you should change the shutter speed to a higher level (if you have used the manual mode)
but if you use the automatic mode and the light around you was low the shutter speed will be automatically low so the camera could give you a better picture be lowering the shutter speed so it could have the enough time to collect the light (that's why the snapping is slow)
so try to increase the iso or the av (lowering the av's number)
hopefully, I have helped you
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.
There should be a button that says ISO on it, or just a set of arrow buttons. ASA/ISO are the same thing, and indicate the speed of the film being used. 100/200/400/800/etc. Not setting the camera to the proper setting will result in dark or light images.
If you can't find your ISO setting, try searching Google for your model and you should be able to find a pdf download of your manual for free.
The Miinolta 400 si SLR 35 mm is an excellent camera for a beginner as well as the seasoned photographer. It has a complete automatic mode for the point & shoot picture taker as well as manual modes if you want to favor shutter speed over aperature or aperature over shutter speed. I've had one for years and have gotten excellent results.
With the shutter curtain out of place the camera will not function. If it is only out a little you may be able to persuade the shutter blades to fall back into position. If you bend them, or if they are out of the proper tracks then the camera will have to be sent to a repair service for repair.
My daughter took the camera to her photography teacher he was able to load the film by wrapping more film around the roller. It's not as easy to load as my Canon. I thought we had put plenty of film around it already. Oh well, it's working anyway.