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robberly12 View Drop Down

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Post Options Post Options   Quote robberly12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2020 at 16:01
Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

I tried the camera with empty card slots, the problem showed up. So I guess it's not related to memory card errors.

I found this too:


Maybe I try to open up the camera and clean it better:


And I will ask Sony repair what the cost will be, if a 580 repair is still possible. I will not buy an other 580, maybe a A68 is a nice replacement.

The A580 startup problem seems very common. Both of my A580s have it, to varying degrees. I have used contact cleaner on both of them several times, but it only produces temporary improvement (if at all).

The worst result happens when the power loss is during an exposure. The aperture motor dies and causes the camera to throw a "camera error" because the aperture lever is stuck closed. Sometimes the error will clear but, on a couple occasions, I have had to take off the lens and manually move the lever on the camera mount back to the open (large-aperture) position.

I don't think steady-shot figures into it. Turning it off would probably slightly reduce electrical current draw, which could might cause it happen slightly less often. I have also noticed that using the internal flash makes it slightly more likely to happen for the same reason.

Using the cleaning methods only produces only temporary relief (for me). It might sometimes help with skipping control wheels, though.

I would recommend getting a new-ish SLT camera. My A580s still work most of the time, so I keep them around for an occasional shot. I don't really depend on them, though.


Sony A330, A580(2), A77/77ii, 35 F1.8, 18-135, 70-400G, 500 F8 Reflex, Sigma 18-250, 105 & 180 Macros, Tamrons include: 60 Macro, 10-24, 28-75 F2.8, 70-300 USD, 70-200 F2.8, 150-600

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maccroft Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2020 at 17:37
Mine would power up fine. Then when pressed shutter release it would power off and restart. Sometimes would work fine for ages then other times be every few shots it would power off and restart.
Couple of times it would lock focus then without releasing shutter release would move focus to infinity.
Been thinking about getting it repaired. But upgraded to an A77 instead.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raabje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2020 at 13:43
I have contacted Sony repair, they have outsourced there camera repair. This technical center that I have contacted next told me they don't have spare parts for the 580 anymore. I guess in general, not specificly for this problem. They told me the problem is the on/off switch.

I read the A77ii is a superb camera. I will think about it. Until then I can still use my problematic 580, I should use is it more anyway.

edit: I resprayed the on/off switch with contact spray, camera is working again with no problems, for the time being. I keep the camera turned on and let it sleep with auto power off after 1 minute, maybe it will help when I don't touch the on/off switch anymore. Time will tell....

Edited by Raabje - 13 March 2020 at 20:22
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