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Nikon FM10 shutter wont deploy with lens on.

I haven't used my camera for a while, but it was stored very well. Took it out to use again and the shutter wouldn't deploy. After some tries, got the shutter to deploy without the lens on. But cant seem to get it to work when the lens is on. The lens is the standard 35mm - 70mm. Any ideas on how I can get it to work again?

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  • aemden1 Dec 06, 2008

    Hi bart477,

    Thanks for responding, I did repeatedly fire the shutter and eventually it did so quite freely. The problem that I have is that when I attach the lens, the shutter sticks. It relases when I de-attach the lens. I live in Jamaica and we dont have anyone that i know of, that can repair a camera. I would have to travel overseas to get that service. If I have to, then I will, but I was hoping that it maybe wouldthere is something that someone could be done before I book a flight :)

  • aemden1 Dec 15, 2008

    Hi folks,

    Sorry for not getting back to you. Thanks for all the suggestions, unfortunately nothing seems to have worked. The lens aperature moves freely, the camera without the lens attached works as its supposed to. Nonetheless, I am on a flight next week so I'll find a repair man. Thanks again for the all the help!! Happy Holidays and I wish you all a great New Year!

  • Bart Pulverman May 11, 2010

    It sounds like your shutter is sticking. This is a common problem with any camera that has been unused for some time. Before we conclude that having the lens on the camera is a real issue, you need to be sure you fully restore free movement to sticking parts. Repeatedly fire the shutter. About 20 times at each speed. By the way, because the shutter mechanism is mechanical, it is a good idea to do this periodically, even if the camera is frequently used. After you do that, put a lens on the camera and let me know what happened.

    Even if this alone solves the problem, you should probably have your camera checked by a repair man to verify that the actual shutter speeds match the speed you set. For example, when you set your camera to 1/125th second, is the actual shutter speed 1/125th or is it off? A camera repair man can either adjust your shutter or provide you with a compensation chart for your camera.

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Check the lens. Does the diaphragm move freely when you move the f/stops? Put the lens on f/8 or f/16 and push the pin in, it should move freely and close to the f/stop you set. If not the blades may have oil on them. Also if it is free then set the lens to the smallest aperture and if there is a button push it in to lock for auto aperture set.

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