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06-22-2009, 05:51 AM   #1
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Why won't my ZX-7 let me release the shutter?

I have this camera, as some of you know, but my problem is new from the previous thread.

I was attempting to take a portrait shot of some friends of mine. I had a 50mm Manual lens attached. After setting the camera on AF, Av mode, Portrait mode, adjusting focus, depressing the shutter caused nothing to happen. The shutter would not depress. This isn't the first time this happened, and I wondered about it then also. So, can anyone tell me what is happening.

I did get the shot, because I changed cameras. Using the MZ-5, having no problems with it.

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If you had it in auto-focusing mode with a manual lens, it probably wasn't letting you fire the shutter because it didn't have focus confirmation (the green hexagon in the viewfinder). My K20D/MZ-5n do the same thing if it's in autofocus mode. You just have to switch it to Manual focus on the body.
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It is like that, look in the manual

You have to set the focus in Manual (MF) on the switch on the side of the lens mount to be able to work around that.
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Thanks deadwolfbones and titrisol. I knew it was something simple. And yes, titrisol, I should have consulted the manual. But I thought I read I could use manual lenses same as autofocus ones. Guess not, eh?

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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
Thanks deadwolfbones and titrisol. I knew it was something simple. And yes, titrisol, I should have consulted the manual. But I thought I read I could use manual lenses same as autofocus ones. Guess not, eh?
Well, it *is* the same: it won't fire an AF lens without confirmed focus, either. What you need is a habit of thumbing that switch every time your fingers go for a focusing ring, whatever type of lens.
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Well, it *is* the same: it won't fire an AF lens without confirmed focus, either. What you need is a habit of thumbing that switch every time your fingers go for a focusing ring, whatever type of lens.
Well, I'll try to remember that Ratmagiclady.

I keep forgetting that I do need to watch what I'm doing with this camera. My older ZX-5n, wasn't a problem that way as I used manual focusing all the time. With this ZX-7, it is a relearn all over again.
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LOL, it happens more often than not
wait until you have a lot of cameras that need to be taken out in cycles!

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With this ZX-7, it is a relearn all over again.
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I do have two now. I'm looking for either another K1000 or a ME...think someone suggested I look into those didn't they?

When I used to shoot a lot, I carried the MZ-5n and a K1000. One for color, the other for b/w. And also depending on what I was shooting for, I might have color in both cameras.

I finally did get a tripod, and a ballhead. I've got a new autofocus lens on its way to me this week also. And speaking of the tripod, I'm going to try that fuzzy lens on the tripod before sending it back.

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Good deal,I still believe there is a problem with the lens and needs to be tried in MF.
I got a Program-A (Program Plus I think) and I'm liking it
Worth considering if you can find one in craigslist for 40 bucks or so (I paid 20)

I have a few cameras from the 30s, 40s, 50s and so that need exercise so I normally carryy a different one every 2-3 weeks
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