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    Posted: 12 February 2022 at 04:30
Any advice on this? Iíve never needed service on a DSLR body. Iíd like to salvage my old camera of possible, depending on cost. Good battery installed, zero response from camera. Contacts look normal. Power switch feels normal. Is there a problem that this is most likely to be? Parts available? Can I fix it myself? How much to have a repair shop fix it?
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Looking at prices the A350 go for, repairing will quickly be more expensive then replacing it - parts will be a problem as it is a 2008 (14 years almost) vintage camera.

KEH camera does repairs and Precision Camera - those two are the ones people useably mention in the US. Maybe people from the US can join in with their experience.
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Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Any advice on this? Iíve never needed service on a DSLR body. Iíd like to salvage my old camera of possible, depending on cost. Good battery installed, zero response from camera. Contacts look normal. Power switch feels normal. Is there a problem that this is most likely to be? Parts available? Can I fix it myself? How much to have a repair shop fix it?


When was it last working?
How do you know the battery is good - have you tried it in another camera?

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If you plan a stripdown of the A350 there is a service manual at the link below.

Maybe the internal battery needs replacing

https://www.manualslib.com/download/781350/Sony-Dslr-A350.html
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If it's completely unresponsive with a "good", fully charged battery, there is an interuption with main power. If not the battery, most likely the power switch. With the battery out, spray contact cleaner in switch ( not too much ), work back and forth ( on/off ) for 30 seconds and repeat 3 or 4 times, let sit and dry 30 min put fresh charge battery, turn on.
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You can determine IF the problem is the main battery by using an AC power adapter. If the camera is OK, and the main battery supply system has a problem, it will turn on when you use an AC adapter.

If it fails to turn on with an AC adapter, then a repair is needed. That's not something you can do, and as stated earlier, probably not worth it -- BUT you can always use the camera as a STUDIO camera, where you are close to a AC outlet.

If you love that particular camera, you can find one for a good price -- but consider other cameras as well.
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Not sure when I used it last. I have numerous A-mount cameras, so I know the battery is fine
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Originally posted by XKAES XKAES wrote:

You can determine IF the problem is the main battery by using an AC power adapter. If the camera is OK, and the main battery supply system has a problem, it will turn on when you use an AC adapter.

If it fails to turn on with an AC adapter, then a repair is needed. That's not something you can do, and as stated earlier, probably not worth it -- BUT you can always use the camera as a STUDIO camera, where you are close to a AC outlet.

If you love that particular camera, you can find one for a good price -- but consider other cameras as well.


Thatís a good idea. Iíll look into the cost of an AC adapter
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I think I paid about $5 for my AC adapter. It does not have to be a Sony, but it has to have the correct DC voltage and amps output -- AND the correct connector SIZE.

If you do a lot of studio/indoor shooting, they are well worth the cost -- and nuisance of changing batteries. Of course, you are stuck to a cord.

Sony made some AC adapters that are connected to a battery charger. Those are much more expensive, of course, and a real nuisance because you have to carry around the charger with the camera!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 February 2022 at 03:32
I should ask and clarify; When you put the battery in the compartment, What happens? With all of my DSLR's - With the power switch "off" - when I install the battery there is a red light and "ready shake".
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I should ask and clarify; When you put the battery in the compartment, What happens? With all of my DSLR's - With the power switch "off" - when I install the battery there is a red light and "ready shake".


Good advice. I tried it and it did not give the shake or the light. I suspect something happened to this camera without my knowledge. Iíll sell it for parts or make a display piece out of it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2022 at 15:45
without that electronic handshake the prognosis isn't good, easy or cheap; and most likely not the power switch mucked up with finger oil. If you do have contact cleaner it is worth a try on the battery contacts in the battery compartment with a Q-tip.
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