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I have a minolta dimae z3 that was workin fine but when I

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I have a minolta dimae z3 that was workin fine but when I went to take photos this time everything is very blurry in the viewfinder and I can' get it in focus even using auto
Any suggestions
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

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Obviously you should first check the lens, if you have not done so, for any sort of smear upon it. If you observe a need for cleaning, but sure to wipe it with gentle pressure with a clean dry finely textured soft lint-free cloth, and nothing else.

Try removing the batteries, and leaving the camera on a (dry, non-humid, non-dusty) shelf for overnight. Then put the batteries back in and try the camera again.

Then try cleaning the terminals in the battery compartment, after removing the batteries, first by rubbing off with a fresh pencil eraser, then by wiping the terminals off with cotton swabs moistened in rubbing alcohol, then letting them dry off for 5+ minutes with the battery compartment door open, then try turning the camera On again.

How long has the battery or batteries in the camera been in-use? If over a year, then you might possibly have a battery/batteries that are getting weak. Rechargeable batteries do get weaker with time, and eventually fail to deliver enough power to start up a device like a digital camera; they then need replacing. The replacement battery needs to be charged up for 6+ hours before its first use, owing to its having been on a shelf for a considerable time.

How old is the camera? in months or years since you bought it.

Has the camera been dropped or otherwise subjected to mechanical shock(s) in its lifetime?

Has the camera been operated in or subjected to, temperatures below 32 degrees F (freezing point) or above about 100 degrees F ?

Has it ever been subjected to a humidity higher than 85 % or gotten wet ?

Has the camera been operated in a gritty or sandy environment, such as a beach, a seaside, a construction site, or the like?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Lens is clean, just put in new batteries.

I took the batteries out overnight and cleaned the terminals.

Camera has not been abused.

Probably 10 years old

I'll let you know what happens tomorrow

Tx

Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

OK. Thanks for following my directions so far. Let me know how it goes, at your convenience.