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My contax 167 has a problem: shutter doesn't open completely, so I have a black line in the top of my photos. Any suggestion is appreciated. Thanx Luca

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It's nothing the user can do about. you need a help of a repairer.

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If a picture is really important, bracket. Take one shot at the metered exposure, then another a stop under (and perhaps one a stop over, if you're feeling paranoid). It was common for a National Geographic photographer to spend an entire roll on one shot, trying different light angles and exposures. After all, film is far cheaper than air fare and hotel rooms.

One advantage of shooting digital is that you can see the results immediately, and correct for blown out highlights.

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