Camera has functioned perfectly for approx. 6 months since new. Yesterday, on test prior to job, all functions on camera body indicated normal, but shutter release button would not operate.
Changed batteries, followed book re static elec, etc., but shutter release still would not work (all functions/indications on body normal).
Removed lens and camera indications normal, sensor worked, image captured...replaced lens, but camera release inop.
Replaced lens with another Pentax FA (28.200) lens....release still inop.
I'm getting ready to send to Pentax for repair as it appears to be a body malfunction. However, before I call FEDEX, I would appreciate any comments from any of our capable group which might indicate a fix, or if the problem is only the nut behind the lens.
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I've had similar problems with my Pentax Super-A on an intermittent basis. If you haven't replaced the batteries I suggest you try that first. Not sure why, but that has sorted my problem out quite a few times (even when the existing batteries still have a fair amount of juice left in them).
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Check the settings of the camera. Put the recording mode for stills (photos) to auto, so the setting can't stop the camera from taking a picture. If you are in one of the manual modes, and the system calculates it won't be possible to make a picture (to dark, to light, or out of focus and so on) it won't react when you press the shutter release button.
Please use the manual, so you will be able to solve this every time it happens to you. The manual is still online.
The camera batteries are malfunct. Inspect the battery compartment to ascertian either as chargeable or replaceble. Chargeable batteries require cable connection to the power outlets to attain the durational repowering making device userble. Also, disposable batteries may require acquisition of new functioning features to make camera funtions retrieved. Ascertain from the camera battery compartment the battery models, brands prior to visiting the retailers. Also refer to the cameras user guide for pertinent material information.
Are your battery contacts clean ? ? Can you open the film area and see if the mirror is up ? If the mirror is up, then you have problems. The camera did not go throught it's shutter program and the mirror has not been released to go down. Major repair that is way more expensive then a replacement camera. Same with the battery, something inside is not turning off (completing the shutter function) You can go with film or digital as the Pentax lenses work with both. If you change to Pentax (Ricoh ownes it now) digital, the old film flashes will not work. Need a newer digital Pentax flash for a Pentax digital camera.
Your camera is either fully automatic or fully manual. In addition it has shutter priority and aperture priority semi-automatic functions. With shutter prior. you pick the shutter speed you prefer and the camera will adjust the aperture. With Aperture prior it works the other way around. The exposure will be always the optimum (decided by the camera program). You can adjust these automatics with the program dial.
There is no tme lapse function on the 400d however a search on ebay can come up with some 3rd party electronic shutter releases which have time lapse function fitted.Most are from Hong Kong but dont be put off I have bought lots of theses 3rd party accessories (battery grips, off camera flash cords,remote shutter releases etc) and all work faultlessly. Here is one of many.I do not own this one personally but I have several items by the "Yongnuo" company and they are great.
If the lighting is low and shutter speed is set for a long period of time its the function of the camera taking the picture. If it is a malfunction of the shutter take it in for cleaning you might have foriegn material stuck in your shutter mechanism
Set your camera to B and release the shutter ( camera will work in this mode without batteries ) if you can wind ok and release shutter fine then all you need is new batteries.
If however your camera is not working when set to B then it is either the shutter or the transport mechanism that need looking at.
From experience ( have repaired 100s of Me-supers ) it is likely that your shutter needs attention : rubber components ( and foam rubber ) inside the shutter ( and the mirror box locking mechanism especially ) have perished and need replacing.