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Old Feb 19, 2005, 6:17 AM   #1
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Hi folks,

I'm having a serious problem with my S414 and am trying to find out whether this is a problem with just my unit or all S414 cameras.

When I use the RC-3 remote control to trip the shutter with the exposure being set to 3 seconds or longer, the image comes out with a strong blue cast and very unusual looking noise in highlight areas.

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http://www.pbase.com/arseniy/minolta_s414_malfunction

My question is: (of the folks who have used the RC-3 remote to take an image with this camera's shutter speed being set to 3 or 4 seconds) who here has and who has not experienced this kind of problem?
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 2:56 PM   #2
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This happend to me twice while photographing lightning. I just attributed it to the emf pulses from the lighting scewing with my camera. They were at least 3 second exposures.

It also happend once while using the remote with a 1 second exposure.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 7:36 PM   #3
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Hey Kiwi, thanks for replying. Is this something that happens to you at random or does it happen every time you use a long exposure and the remote?
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 10:48 PM   #4
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Completely random as far as I can tell, its only happened those 3 times. Thinking about it again, it did only happen during extremely heavy photographing with the camera on for a while.
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 11:26 PM   #5
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No clue about your problem there. . .I have about 9,000+ pics on my S414, and I haven't had one single pic like that. I have never used the remote though. . . hmmmm:O
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 8:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info Kiwi. With mine it happens every time I use slow shutter and the remote, without exception. Out of all the pics you shot with the remote using a slow shutter (3 or 4 seconds) setting, what would you say is the ratio of properly exposed images to the blue ones?

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Yeah, I don't think it ever happened to me either when the remote wasn't used.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 2:32 PM   #7
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Probably like 200-300 good long exposures to 1 bad blue one
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 3:33 PM   #8
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Wow, all of those remote triggered?
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 4:40 PM   #9
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Oops, missed the remote triggered part of your previous post :? No that number would be overall for long exposures, I've probably only ever taken 50 or so photos with the remote, but not all with a long exposure.
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Wait a minute :lol: so that shot that came out blue, did you use the remote at all when that happened?
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