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Shutter staying open and only closing when dial moved to M90 or B

My Nikon FE has had this problem now for quite a few years and I have been unable to find someone who could fix it. In fact, I bought a second FE because I have great lenses but the shutter started to stick on that one too. It only works on b and m90, although the shutter will close properly on occasion. You suggested resetting the mirror by setting the camera on M90 prior to installing new batteries? Did I understand that correctly? Can I use the camera in the M90 mode and only change aperatures?

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It sounds like your cameras need a CLA (clean, lube and adjustment). Occasionally when this has happened to me, i noticed that it was the foam on the mirror bumper that had gotten all deteriorated and gummy and as such the mirror would 'stick' to it when it flipped up. Changing the foam seals might do the trick.

Switching to M90 means that the camera is in Manual mode whereby it is not relying on the electronics at all in the camera. When your battery dies in mid shoot, you switch to M90 and you shoot manually at a fixed speed of 1/90 second. Of course your light meter won't have power, but if you meter manually or go by the 'Sunny 16' rule, you can adjust the aperture and get your shots.

Yes, moving the shutter dial to M90 should release the mirror back down, if it is stuck up.I'm assuming of course that you didn't manually set the mirror up anyway... Test it out with brand new batteries!

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