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Is it broke? HELP!!
I received my new Canon 350d today, my first SLR camera..

In fully automatic mode, the camera works fine when focusing, shooting etc. However, when I select manual mode I cant seem to get anything to work. Adjusting the dial which *i think* is supposed to change the shutter speed doesnt change any of the settings on the LCD screen on the back, the camera wont even try to focus and it doesn't shoot. I've tried this with auto and manual focus and none of the settings seem to make any difference, or to make it shoot..

Am I doing something stupid here or is something wrong? I have read the manual a couple of times but nothing seems to be working..

One thing to add is that I only have an 8mb (yes that was 8MB!!) CF card in at the minute until my 2gb one arrives. I have set the quality to the minimum and obviously this works with the fully automatic mode, and it isn't saying the card is full..

Help!!.

Cheers, James..

Comments (27)

Well thanks for that helpful comment, as I said in the fisrt post I read the manual. I posted this in the beginners forum for a reason, if it's a simple answer then why not just write that?..

Comment #1

Sorry. I don't have answer. Not familiar with that camera, but have you posted this on the Canon forum? Probably you will get quick help there..

-WSR (Bill).

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Comment #2

Hi Bill, I didn't post it in the Canon forum as I thought it would be best in the beginners section in case it is a stupid beginners question!.

Do they mind mutiple threads of the same topic in different sections?..

Comment #3

So you've adjusted the dial that sets the shutter speed and according to you nothing happens. Also 'nothing else seems to work' (excuse the misquote). I'm not familiar with your camera but I bet it doesn't work very differently from any of mine, and I've always found that after my initial bravado, reading the manual works...

Comment #4

Tony Sx wrote:.

So you've adjusted the dial that sets the shutter speed and accordingto you nothing happens..

No I just wanted something to write on the forum..

Thats the purpose of the question, if it worked as the manual said then there would be no need for the question would there?..

Comment #5

I'm awaiting my 400D so I really can't be of any help to you yet, but don't be afraid to post in the proper 350D forum.....plenty of help, much more than you've received here!You might also call Canon's tech support to see if it's a problem..

Regards,Hank..

Comment #6

Page 7 of the review of the 350D here on Dpreview tells you how to set the aperture and shutter speed. If that doesn't work then maybe you got a broken camera. But I think you've got it wrong........

Comment #7

Thanks Hank..

I hope I have got it wrong Tony as I cant be bothered with the hassle of sending it back etc. And there is probably a good chance that I have!..

Comment #8

JamesCa wrote:.

However, when I select manual mode I cant seem to getanything to work. Adjusting the dial which *i think* is supposed tochange the shutter speed.

Which dial?.

To select Manual Mode (M) rotate the largest dial to "M"..

To change shutter speed turn the jog wheel - that's the little wheel that's in a vertical orientation, it's right by the shutter button..

Does the shutter speed change?.

To change aperture, on the back of the camera press the little button closest to the viewfinder (labeled "Av +/-") while at the SAME TIME turning the jog wheel..

Does the aperture change?.

Good Day,Roonal.

'Money doesn't buy happiness, but it makes for an extravagant depression' by golf tournament sportscaster..

Comment #9

I had a couple of questions about my camera (not a Canon) which I posted in Dpreview. I had done some research and experimented with the camera but I still could not make sense of either problem..

Yes they were dumb questions because I had misinterpreted part of the manual and misinterpreted what I thought the camera was doing. With no place else to go for help I think it is better to ask the dumb question here and get an answer, than to not ask and not get an answer..

Unfortunately many people post a question without doing any research at all..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #10

James,.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers. Try the main Canon forum. You are much more likely to find someone who can helpwho actually has the same camera that you have..

-WSR(Bill).

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Comment #11

Yeah I selected the M and then turned the jog wheel which had no effect. Again I tried changing the aperture which didn't work either..

Here is my thread in the 350 forum where I have posted a vid of whats happening:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1031&message=26210008.

Roonal wrote:.

Which dial?.

To select Manual Mode (M) rotate the largest dial to "M"..

To change shutter speed turn the jog wheel - that's the little wheelthat's in a vertical orientation, it's right by the shutter button..

Does the shutter speed change?.

To change aperture, on the back of the camera press the little buttonclosest to the viewfinder (labeled "Av +/-") while at the SAME TIMEturning the jog wheel..

Does the aperture change?.

Good Day,Roonal.

'Money doesn't buy happiness, but it makes for an extravagantdepression' by golf tournament sportscaster..

Comment #12

Re>I have read the manual a couple of times but nothing seems to be working. <.

Or, in your case, RTF original message from which the line above is quoted..

BAK..

Comment #13

Another helpful post. Thanks..

BAK wrote:.

Re>I have read the manual a couple of times but nothing seems to beworking..

Or, in your case, RTF original message from which the line above isquoted..

BAK..

Comment #14

Is it possible that you forgot to turn the camera on ?Is it possible that the battery is dead ?If you switch back to automatic, will it work again ?How do you know that 8mb memory card is not full ? .

In all cases, RTFM stands, you have to READ the manual, not just take a quick glance at the pages...

Comment #15

In manual mode, what aperture and shutter speed settings are you trying?.

Stu - Camera User (see profile for gear)http://www.DigitalPhotoPeople.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stujoe/.

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Comment #16

Try pressing the shutter button halfway to activate the meter..

I've noticed on our display models of the XT/XTi that after the camera sits for a minute that the dials don't always change the SS or aperture..

Touching the shutter release usually makes it work again..

Hope this helps..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

Comment #17

BAK wrote:.

Re>I have read the manual a couple of times but nothing seems to beworking..

Or, in your case, RTF original message from which the line above isquoted..

BAK.

You honestly believe that the camera works perfectly in automatic mode but stops doing ANYTHING in manual mode???.

I really do think that reading the manual - not just scanning it - will solve the problem. It's very easy to get a new piece of equipment, get all excited, try it out, and find that some things don't work. I've done it, I bet you've done it - or are you beyond making any mistakes? Oh, I see you're a professional photographer and are therefore immune from mistakes.........So please don't criticise my response...

Comment #18

I'm a bit disappointed by the responses to this. I can't offer specific advice myself, but I am surprised to see such aggressive RTFM posts. Did it occur to any of you to wonder if the camera could be faulty and the OP may actually be on the right track ? The OP said they read the manual and if they did not pick it up right they would not be the first or last..

I would suggest directly asking Canon's support forums online or, if possible, Canon support directly..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #19

Sjgcit wrote:.

I'm a bit disappointed by the responses to this..

I don't think my response was disappointing or sarcastic..

Matter of fact, I think my idea might be exactly what the OP's problem is..

MusicDoctorDJ wrote:.

Try pressing the shutter button halfway to activate the meter..

I've noticed on our display models of the XT/XTi that after thecamera sits for a minute that the dials don't always change the SS oraperture..

Touching the shutter release usually makes it work again..

Hope this helps..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

Comment #20

The comment was on the overall tone of responses made, not on any specific one. You can see I did not respond to your reply to the OP, but to the OP itself..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #21

Tony Sx wrote:.

BAK wrote:.

Re>I have read the manual a couple of times but nothing seems to beworking..

Or, in your case, RTF original message from which the line above isquoted..

BAK.

You honestly believe that the camera works perfectly in automaticmode but stops doing ANYTHING in manual mode???I really do think that reading the manual - not just scanning it -will solve the problem. It's very easy to get a new piece ofequipment, get all excited, try it out, and find that some thingsdon't work. I've done it, I bet you've done it - or are you beyondmaking any mistakes? Oh, I see you're a professional photographer andare therefore immune from mistakes.........So please don't criticise my response..

No I didn't believe it thats why after reading the manual I tried to find some help on a photography forum..

As I stated in the first post I read the manual a couple of times, not scanned. Why assume that I only scanned the manual? I will admit that normally I would just have a scan of the manual, but when something doesn't work as you think it should you obviously have a good read of the manual, which is obviously easier than finding a forum and posting questions on it..

I didn't know that professinal photographers didn't make mistakes? Let me guess, your a pro?.

I'm a bit disappointed by the responses to this. I can't offer specific advice myself, but I am surprised to see such aggressive RTFM posts. Did it occur to any of you to wonder if the camera could be faulty and the OP may actually be on the right track ? The OP said they read the manual and if they did not pick it up right they would not be the first or last..

There have been some helpful responses in here, things to try like MusicDoctorDJ post, although I received a much a much better reception in the 350d forum! I thought this would be the better place to start!.

Anyway I took the camera to a specialist shop and there is a fault with it, so I guess you can't always be right, eh Tony? The camera will be getting sent back shortly so no doubt you'll see some more stupid questions in here when I get a fully working camera!..

Comment #22

Glad you figured it out!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Here is one of my old soldiers (bought it when I was 12 in 1972 - still have it):.

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Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

Comment #23

Lordy. That looks a lot like my old Pentax, even the same wear marks on the metal. I still have most of a roll of unexposed film in the camera. Hmmm..

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-WSR (Bill)..

Comment #24

They do look pretty similar, don't they!.

On that old F1, the hot shoe is an adapter that slides over the rewind knob (got that around somewhere), and the prism slides off the top as there were several different metering prisms available for it..

I also have three or four different focusing screens for it, which can be changed easily by removing the prism..

That 50mm f:1.4 lens came with that camera and still works great after all of these years..

And those strap leatherettes.they were on the camera when I got it and have never been taken off for anything..

The camera I had before that Canon F1 was a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic 1000 with Pentax 50mm and 135mm screw mount lenses..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

Comment #25

Yeah. My Spotmatic is not as ticked out as your Canon. No removable prism, etc. However, it does have a beautiful 1.4 lens that is as sharp as a razor. It's interesting how, just like everything else, styles change and certain designs mark particular time periods. In the 50's Rollei twin reflex cameras were very popular and resulted in lots of knockoffs.

Couldn't afford the Rollei, but the Minolta was a great camera that stayed with me for over 20 years..

WSR (Bill)..

Comment #26

I also have a YashikaMat 124G twin lens reflex..

Haven't used that best in a long time!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

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