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Shutter won't close, and mirror stays up as well.

Whenever i wind to take a picture and press the shutter button, no matter what speed I've set the shutter to, it stays open, and the mirror stays up. I can only get them back into position by pressing the little black button next to the winder. I've tried changing the battery, but to no avail. The light meter works fine. I've tried changing the ISO and everything i could think of. I have not opened the body with exception to just the back where you load film. Any help would be appreciated.
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  • revvvedup Oct 10, 2008

    The light meter definitely still works, but sometimes seems to me that it pegs upwards when its not very bright. i can get it in the middle by moving it around.

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Are you sure about the meter working properly? Could it be pegging to the bottom regardless of speed/asa settings?

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If the batteries are flat or missing you wont get LED's to light up and it will set itself to 125 naturally. I know as I have tried it. It could be that the shutter has got stuck on its way down and it is preventing the mirror from coming down as a result this is a mechanical issue, not battery related. The best way I found to release the mirror was to gently, really gently stroke the shutter nearest to the film down towards the groove it goes home in. Recommend a cotton budd so you don't damage the shutter leaves or get grease from your fingers on the movement. This should release the mirror. The next thing to do is try preventing the shutter getting stuck again by removing the bottom plate which will allow you access to the cogs for the shutter. it is tight in there and it is recommended by some that you remove some of the movement to see and clean them up. I did this but it is tricky and it involves winding on the camera and rocking parts out with itself. Not easy to do. The shutter cogs are brass (or look like it) and they may have old oil stuck inbetween the teeth which needs cleaning out with a tooth pick and then lubricate but not with WD40 which gets sticky with age. Use a cotton budd again with the lubricant on so you don't affect other sensitive parts around this section. Alternatively send the camera for a good service. I just had mine done, got it sorted with a warranty for 12 months to and cost me just £45. They cleaned everything up, new light seals and sorted issues common to this model of camera. The photos are instantly back to their best. Compare a good service to a series of wasted film with an inconsistent camera. Peace of mind too, it is worth it and so is the camera!

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