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Old Sunday 26th March 2006, 11:34   #1
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Question Minolta SLR and Opticron Scope

I am trying to use a Minolta 300si 35mm SLR with an Opticron IS60 scope. I have all the necessary bits including telephoto adapter and T mount and have connected up correctly (I think), but when I press the shutter button the flash ready indicator and the flash on indicator both glow red and the picture will not take. What am I doing wrong, Can anyone help please?

I am a complete novice but just wanted to try and get some close up shots of birds on my garden feeders.

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Old Sunday 26th March 2006, 11:51   #2
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I am trying to use a Minolta 300si 35mm SLR with an Opticron IS60 scope. I have all the necessary bits including telephoto adapter and T mount and have connected up correctly (I think), but when I press the shutter button the flash ready indicator and the flash on indicator both glow red and the picture will not take. What am I doing wrong, Can anyone help please?

I am a complete novice but just wanted to try and get some close up shots of birds on my garden feeders.

Thanks.
I'm not familiar with that particular camera. You may need to put the camera into full manual exposure control and change the metering mode. Can you disable the flash side of things?
Also switch the camera into manual focus mode.

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Old Sunday 26th March 2006, 16:46   #3
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I'm not familiar with that particular camera. You may need to put the camera into full manual exposure control and change the metering mode. Can you disable the flash side of things?
Also switch the camera into manual focus mode.

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I don't know the 300si but I own a 505si super and that has a custom function that allows me to set the shutter to fire even if a focus has not been achieved. I concur with Andy. Set your camera to manual focus as well and disable the built in flash.
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I don't know the 300si but I own a 505si super and that has a custom function that allows me to set the shutter to fire even if a focus has not been achieved. I concur with Andy. Set your camera to manual focus as well and disable the built in flash.
Thanks guys, I have hit the manual focus button and disabled the flash but it still doesn't take.
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Thanks guys, I have hit the manual focus button and disabled the flash but it still doesn't take.
After a bit of googling i came upon this question

"I have a Dynax 7xi camera and a superb manual focus mirror lens that will not work on this body. I hear that it is possible to disable the shutter lock to enable this lens or any other MF lens to actually work"

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"Minolta 300si 35mm camera = Press and hold FLASH and DRIVE/SELFTIMER buttons and move power switch from LOCK to ON (Off appears in LCD panel) to release the shutter without a functional electronic lens attached. To re-instate the shutter lock, repeat the same procedure"

This may help you, as your scope is being used as a 'dumb' manual focus lens.

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Old Monday 27th March 2006, 09:15   #6
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After a bit of googling i came upon this question

"I have a Dynax 7xi camera and a superb manual focus mirror lens that will not work on this body. I hear that it is possible to disable the shutter lock to enable this lens or any other MF lens to actually work"

An answer contained
"Minolta 300si 35mm camera = Press and hold FLASH and DRIVE/SELFTIMER buttons and move power switch from LOCK to ON (Off appears in LCD panel) to release the shutter without a functional electronic lens attached. To re-instate the shutter lock, repeat the same procedure"

This may help you, as your scope is being used as a 'dumb' manual focus lens.

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Cheers Andy, that works. Much appreciated, thanks for your time and effort.
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Cheers Andy, that works. Much appreciated, thanks for your time and effort.
Glad to know you have solved the problem and well done to Andy for finding a solution.
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