I picked up a second-hand film camera through an online auction. Fuji DL-500 Wide Date. I paid 50 kronor Swedish. I read that in the States these cameras go for a couple dollars.
So, I dropped a CR 123 into the battery compartment, shut the lid and pressed the Power button. I could hear the film feed motor whir, but the display on the rear was dead. Furthermore, no lens motion with the power up.
Could there be a second battery? I remember that sometimes there was a battery used to power the electronics and displays in devices from the 9180’s and 1990’s. I started searching.
With a little bit of research, I found a discussion forum on Flickr called “Compact 35” that discussed one of these cameras. There it was mentioned that there is a second battery that runs the display.
After removing the primary battery, I start looking for this secondary battery, that I cannot find mentioned in the user manual.
Sure enough, there it is. Getting to there was a bit of a trick. You have to gently tweak the yellow retainer to free it from the lid, then you are one step closer.
With the cover released you can now lift out the battery.
Replace it with a CR2025.