My SLR is sick. Not dying like I first thought, but... sick. If I'd send it to hospital, they'd charge 80 Euro for opening it and for telling me there is nothing wrong other than that it would need its batteries changed. It does NOT need its batteries changed. It is not that. They are brand-new. And when I put them into the camera in the very shop where I bought them and thought, hang on, they are not full, the shop-assistent went to measure their filling state for me and yes, they were full. However, the first symptoms showed on Saturday, when my sister and I went to an open air museum just across the border to The Netherlands. I had put in the film all right in her home and did not suspect a thing: the Canon EOS 500 pulls out ALL THE FILM at first and exposes it backward, so that all the exposed pictures are in the roll. That requires battery energy and the motor. All worked fine. Then, once in that museum, I clicked, the mirror jumped shut and - stayed. Hmph. I switched it off in frustration - on again - zzzrrrr! - the film transported and the mirror jumped back so I could look through AND SEE something through the viewfinder again. I left taking photos on film to my sister then and reverted to the little compact digital Canon that I have too. Here I thought (mostly so after my sister had told her about her experience with the Canon people and their replies to her camera problems), before I send it in, I try out again. I press, mirror jumps shut and stays, I push the release button just a fraction more, the mirror jumps back. Hooray. Not all is lost. But it is highly inconvenient and I don't know whether the photo has by then been taken or not or if the second little push will cause camera shake on all my photos? Meanwhile however, some new thing occurred: I press, release the mirror by that second little push, and the battery sign goes to "all empty". I open the box, shut it again, the sign is back to full and the film transports fully. What can it be? What causes this? Has anyone had this phenomenon with their camera? What could be done? What helped in the end? If I give my SLR away now to be examined and maybe repaired, I'll never get it back before I'll fly over to England for our European Meet-Up!