02-22-2021 02:28 PM
Just bought this camera and cannot for the life of me figure out why it's not taking shots, sometimes. It does take photos sometimes and advances the film, but most of the time, when I press the shutter button, you can hear the sound of the shutter, but it doesn't take a photo. It almost sounds like it opens the shutter and stays there. If you press the shutter button again, it closes. O basically it sounds like it's in "bulb" shutter speed, but it's not. The film does not advance either when that happens. When this happens the battery sign flashes on the little display screen as if it's low, but I have brand new batteries. TIA!
02-22-2021 02:44 PM - edited 02-22-2021 02:47 PM
Almost sounds like the camera is in mirror lockup mode, which would typically be used with a remote shutter button. The idea is to minimize vibrations from mirror slap, as well as your hand touching the camera to press the shutter.
[EDIT]. The remote shutter button is pressed once to raise the mirror, but no photo is captured. When the remote shutter button is pressed a second time, the shutter is fired to take a photo, and the mirror drops back to its' rest position.
02-22-2021 11:00 PM - edited 02-23-2021 06:30 AM
02-23-2021 09:58 AM
I doubt it is mirror lock up. It isn't lens sensitive either. You might try a new battery and charger. A weak under charged battery can cause that.
Otherwise, I am afraid it is broken and not a good candidate for repair. Find another one if you still want to use one.
02-24-2021 05:45 PM - edited 02-25-2021 01:19 PM
I recently got an old Sigma 70-210 AF lens as part of a camera deal, and I tried it on my EOS Elan 7. It behaves exactly the same way as your camera does when ever the aperture is not set to wide open. This is a very common problem with older 3rd party lenses when used with newer digital cameras.
This lens works fine on all my other film cameras. There must be something about the EOS 7 that along with all DSLRs, makes them incompatible with old film era 3rd party lenses.
If you are not using a 3rd party lens, it could also be a lens error caused by a faulty ribbon cable or aperture control in the Canon lens which will also cause similar problems.