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    Dead Camera

    I have a Konica Minolta 7d. I havent used it in a while but decided to take it out the other day. When I turned it on it came on just fine but a little sluggish. The first shutter release came out black but then started working fine. It took some really nice pictures. Yesterday I turned it on and it was acting funny. Wouldn't let me change some of the settings. When I tried to put it in manual mode it would go into program 3. If I tried to put it in shutter priority it would stay in apperture priority. Also it wouldnt let me get into the menu or play back. I thought maybe it was the batteries but they are all charged and I even put a battery checker on them. Today the camera will not turn on at all. Is this just a worn out camera that needs to be tossed or is there hope for it?


    Thanks,


    Judi

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    Re: Dead Camera

    If you haven't used it in a while and left the battery in place it could have corroded the contacts. It may be worth cleaning both camera and battery contacts before you consider any other action.

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    Re: Dead Camera

    Thanks Mike,

    I checked all that and the contacts on camera and batteries appear to be clean. But will try to clean also and see if that helps.

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    Re: Dead Camera

    Someone back sometime ago had something similar, I believe they were told to remove the batteries for a couple of days to drain all the power and then the reinstall batteries. You have a small onboard battery that runs things like time and date, you want to drain that one also, that is why you wait a couple of days before reinstalling the main ones.

    Cheers:

    Allan

    PS: it was in a thread maybe a year ago.

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    Re: Dead Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by judihamby View Post
    But will try to clean also and see if that helps.
    Best not to use sandpaper or a nail-file or even Brasso

    Q-tips are good, though . . .

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    Re: Dead Camera

    Thanks guys,

    I will try all of that.

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