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davidlew
09-11-2007, 07:55 AM
I have a SONY a 100 digital SLR. New in April. In the past two weeks, irrespective of the lens in use (Minolta 35-70 and 100-300) if I try to shoot with normal daylight entering the lens I get a very slow shutter and the error message 0x5b comes up in the window. I can get nothing to work and I have to switch off. Switch on again and, if I point the camera down to the ground, or into a dark shady place, (ie a poor light source) the camera works fine - no problems. If I slowly raise the camera so that more light enters the lens then same happens again, very slow shutter speed and error comes up again.
It looks like the system is being saturated and cannot cope. The ISO is on AUTO and White Balance is also AUTO. So I dont think I have the ISO set to 1600 or anything like that. (but the symptoms would indicate that something like that is the cause.

On switch on, the camera gives me the OK that all systems check out. Its only when I attempt a normal everyday shot with the camera at eye level looking at your everyday F8 at 125 type of shot.

Anybody got any ideas??
Dave Llewellyn
Swindon

DonSchap
09-11-2007, 09:27 AM
I have a SONY a 100 digital SLR. New in April. In the past two weeks, irrespective of the lens in use (Minolta 35-70 and 100-300) if I try to shoot with normal daylight entering the lens I get a very slow shutter and the error message 0x5b comes up in the window. I can get nothing to work and I have to switch off. Switch on again and, if I point the camera down to the ground, or into a dark shady place, (ie a poor light source) the camera works fine - no problems. If I slowly raise the camera so that more light enters the lens then same happens again, very slow shutter speed and error comes up again.
It looks like the system is being saturated and cannot cope. The ISO is on AUTO and White Balance is also AUTO. So I dont think I have the ISO set to 1600 or anything like that. (but the symptoms would indicate that something like that is the cause.

On switch on, the camera gives me the OK that all systems check out. Its only when I attempt a normal everyday shot with the camera at eye level looking at your everyday F8 at 125 type of shot.

Anybody got any ideas??
Dave Llewellyn
Swindon

Make use of that warranty ... sounds like a problem with assembly of the internals or a bad software load. What you are seeing is a rare issue, therefore it probably is a manufacturing burp.

You could confirm this by going to your dealer with your lenses and doing an identical activity with them. "Repeatability" is key to properly diagnosing & troubleshooting problems.

I do not have the 100-300mm, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express Motel ... ok ok, j/k ... I do have a Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4 and I have not experienced any of these errors that you describe with my own SONY A100.

Good luck and keep us informed.

coldrain
09-11-2007, 10:00 AM
Sounds like an aperture setting issue. For some reason your A100 has a problem when setting a bigger aperture, which blocks the whole camera software when making a photo and the camera treis to close the aperture in the lens.

Try the lenses on an A100 in a store, to rule out the lenses somehow are incompatible with the A100 now. Then let Sony figure out what is the problem with your A100.

davidlew
09-12-2007, 08:50 AM
Thanks you guys. I'll start the trek towards getting some response from Sony.
Dave

DonSchap
09-12-2007, 09:16 AM
No local SONY camera outlet, huh?

cgl88
07-16-2008, 08:28 AM
any updates here by any chance? i got this error on my 50mm but that is because the aperture grill was stuck.

DonSchap
07-16-2008, 10:56 AM
SONY is going to have to learn to take care of its own ... you have procedural problems, that's one thing ... but, when it comes to equipment failure ... that's the manufacturer's tidbit.

Contact SONY repair.

asia121
03-27-2011, 06:06 PM
most electronic stuff if there is a problem, it will be so hard to claim
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SONYNUT
03-27-2011, 06:11 PM
the dead have risen

Peekayoh
03-28-2011, 06:43 AM
That old resurrection shuffle!

I haven't grilled any apertures. Are they tasty and do they come in sizes larger than 50mm?

LOL

singhg
02-07-2012, 07:27 AM
My A 100 camera developed the same error a few months back. First it was in 30-40 percent of cases, slowly the frequency increased especially when attempting distant focuses, and finally all outside (full light) attempts. It was alright in indoor operations. I gave it to Sony workshop for repair (warranty has elapsed). They kept the camera with them and then reported back (in Delhi) that camera can't be repaired and they will replace it with new unit at Rs. 20000 (this is 10 mp camera, a new 14.2 mp camera is available for around 19,500). I had to take back my camera back. Today I tried several options before discarding it, and found that if camera is set to minimum aperture stop (f 5.6 with my normal 18-55 lens, f 4.0 with Minolta AF Zoom 35-70 lens) I was able to take photographs in both AF and MF mode, and even Macro mode, even close ups with extension tubes also gave good results. I have not tried it much, but appears I don't have to discard my camera any more.