First shot doesn't take with Minolta 7D

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by jne, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. jne

    jne Guest

    I have a Minolta 7D digital SLR.

    When I use the camera after it has been idle for a couple of days or
    more, the first photo I shoot usually doesn't take. The shutter
    fires and the camera automatically turns itself off. The picture taken
    is either all black or almost all black.

    After that, I turn the camera on again and everything is fine.

    The camera is 15 months old. It didn't exhibit this behavior when I
    first got it. It happens with both batteries that I have even when
    they are fully charged. I have sent it into Minolta (and now Sony)
    twice for repair with no improvement. Customer support tells me they
    have never seen this before.

    Does anyone know if this is a common problem or do I just have some
    kind of dud?

    Thanks in advance.
    jne, Jun 12, 2006
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  2. jne

    Dmac Guest

    Sounds to me like they are giving you the run around. Such problems can
    usually be traced down to a faulty capacitor on the circuit board. Maybe
    they don't want to replace it? Get consumer affairs on the job. Sony in
    Australia just LOOOVe them!!! NOT!
    Dmac, Jun 12, 2006
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  3. Hi,
    I had this happen to me exactly once, a couple weeks ago.

    Stéphane Guillard, Jun 12, 2006
  4. jne

    tomm42 Guest

    Is the memory card freshly formatted? Try that or a different memory
    card (again freshly formated).

    tomm42, Jun 12, 2006
  5. jne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I have a similar age 7D and have had no problems except a couple ghost

    As another poster states, try re-formatting the memory card.

    Try removing and replacing the lens.

    Try removing the battery over night and then replace it.

    Fire the flash.

    Check all of the custom settings. Consider a "reset to factory settings
    " whatever it's called in the 7D.

    Good luck.

    At worst, as long as it doesn't get worse than one shot after turning
    on, then take one shot after turning on and erase it and keep going.
    (That's another test: if you erase the "blank" before shooting a 2nd
    frame, does the error repeat itself?)

    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2006
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