Here's the re-cap...initially the 2 batteries that it came with didn't really hold any charge any the camera started spurting and running whether I turned it on or not (which was really weird in itself).
I bought a newly recelled battery from ebay (the battery indicator on the camera says it is fully charged and it was from a reputable seller and the label says it was recelled by Batteries Plus in April 2005...so I would assume it is a good battery)
Now when I put the new battery in, I do have control over when the camera runs...but it now sounds like a tank and will still NOT RUN AT 24. It spurts quickly then stops and the red light comes on. Then it chugs for a second like it is going to die..like a gurgling or choking. Not happy camera sounds to say the least.
Ironically, I bought myself a 'junkie' Super-16 K-3 with crystal motor and it runs perfectly. Maybe I'll load the CP with dynamite and film the explosion with my K-3.
But before it comes to that...any suggestions about what could be the source of the problem...and how much might it cost to fix. I paid $1200 for it and I hate to think that it's junk as it physically appears clean and almost perfect.
Edited by 3ldfilms, 31 December 2005 - 03:12 PM.