why do 35mm SLR cameras need batteries?

this may seem like a stupid question but: the thing works when its on the OFF position you wind the film on yourself the flash has its own batteries. i have just inherited an old Olympus OM-10, and the batteries have just died, just ordered some new ones from ebay so im not gonna use it until i get the new batteries. can any one shed any light on this.

Asked By: ARK - 6/30/2009
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In the OFF position, the camera works only if the film advance lever has been cocked... More
Answered By: Robsteriark - 6/30/2009
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For the metering system and in your OM10 the shutter is electrically operated. Chris
Answered By: screwdriver - 6/30/2009
The OM10 requires batteries to close the shutter. And also for the light meter... but if you can't close the shutter, the meter is trivial... More
Answered By: OMG, I ♥ PONIES!!1 - 6/30/2009
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