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Shutter won't open and film won't advance

My Nikon Fe camera's film advance lever won't move any futher than the on position. When I press the shutter button only the mirror comes up, but it dosen't come back down. To veiw through the view finder I have to manualy pull the mirrior down.

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have, well had up till a minute ago the same problem. Fresh batteries, meter working fine as usual but only the mirror will flip up, the shutter remains shut and the frame unexopsed...



    ...After playing around with the shutter settings. Nothing, untill I switched all the way round to M250, the FE2's mechanical 'battery free' 250th/sec shutter setting for those unfortunate dead battery situations.

    The shutter fired upon reaching the spot on the dial and I was then able to return to a more desirable setting like 500/sec and the shutter performed as it should. I have probably just discovered somthing routine with the FE2 but I hope that my discovery will help someone!

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    I had exactly the same problem. It was as simple as changing the batteries for me.
    Thanks for the help. Sometimes the simplest explanations are the best.


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You might have a dead battery. Check that.

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Hi, I was taking pictures with my camera and I turned the handle to get to the next picture and the button we press to open the shutter (capture the picture) I can push it but it wont click. Please tell me...


Sounds like the shutter has not fully cocked, which often happens when you get to the end of a film and the film advance won't move on a full frame. Try the film rewind crank(gently). If it is not able to turn either way, then you have used up a film and have to rewind it and remove it from the camera. You will then be able to advance the film wind lever to finish cocking the shutter and it will fire as normal.

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Ive just loaded a film, following the instructions, shut the back and wanted to advance the film, but the lever wouldnt extend the full way, it only goes to the on position


I have the same problem with a Nikon F2, got it off my grandfather and its been in his attic for at least the last 10 years. I don't know if parts have seized up or if im doing something wrong. have put in new batteries, but film advance lever won't go past "on" position. have tried pressing shutter but it doesn't help. Also film winding knob will not lift up enough to load in a film! any solutions!?

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FILM ADVANCE/SHUTTER STUCK


Start simple and go from there.

I don't know if you have film in the camera so I'll read the following and choose what works for you.

I will assume the battery is working if applicable.

As stupid as this sounds press the shutter release button. If the shutter is cocked it will hold the advance. I've had people come in with this problem.

Not it?

If the film rewind has been pressed in it will disengage the film advance and stop the shutter mechanism as a result. Open the camera and close the back again resets the release.

If there is film in the camera remove it.

It there are important photos on the film and your rewind is not working use a coat to make a light proof black box. Just turn the sleeves inside out and put the camera in the coat. Wrap it so as it is closed to light. Open the camera remove the film and roll the film back in by hand.

OK so now we have a camera open with no film in it.

Open the back and look just below the shutter. On one side will be a very small "lever". This tells the camera that the film has been advanced and the shutter is cocked. Gently move the lever to the right. It should click. Now try pressing the shutter release.
Note that without film in the camera some cameras will not advance the shutter.

It should clear the problem.

If not something physical in jamming.

The film advance system could be jamming. On the side the film advance is on there will be a plastic "gear" inside the camera. Try moving by hand it should turn. You can reset the shutter this way.

Give this a try.

Hope this is helpful, if it gives you some direction please rate this answer.

Thanks


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Canon A-1, film advance lever and shutter release


needs repairing at a qualified shop
when was it last cleaned or serviced ?
if you think the camera is worthy, since its old how much is it worth to you vs a new one

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Nikon FE film winder jammed.


Is it the viewfinder or the film advance lever? If the viewfinder is not showing any image and the shutter is not getting released, then it could be a problem with the mirror box.To confirm, remove the lens and see if it gets released. To align the lens, you have to take it to the nearest service center (or repair shop).

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Do you press the shutter button to release the lever for the next photo? That's how you advance the film from the exposure to light, when first insterting the film.

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Film advance lever and shutter release button are "stuck"


No, it is not the battery. My guess is that the film leader did not stay in the take-up spool and is now bunched up around it. Try rewinding the film carefully as you normally would but remember that you are only rewinding a small portion of the length. You can even just open the film door and start over. You will only loose 3 or 4 frames on the roll.

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TRy firing the camera in the M90 setting. If it fires properly, use the battery test switch. If the battery LED doesn't light up, replace the batteries (2 MS76 type). The FE requires healthy batteries to operate the shutter. If the meter is calling for a slow shutter speed (low light or lens cap still on?). If the batteries are good, but the shutter still won't fire normally in sufficient light, looks like you're in for a repair shop visit.

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It may be fatal as there are no parts available for the FE series. The main components that cause this problem are the FRE/ASA unit and the meter itself. The FRE is located under the rewind knob side of the top cover. It is made of glass and can be damaged by impact. The meter is under the speed dial and can also cause this type of problem. Neither is a easy repair.

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