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Nikon F3 w/MD4 motor drive...Not working!

Hi...I just won (at a local auction) a well cared for Nikon F3 w/ Md4 motor drive...I just replaced all the and drive ( and yes they are in correctly).. When I turn the power switch on, I get a reading of...m 80; but I can't advance the film manually or with the drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated...Tony PS... I also can't get the shutter to trip...

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  • cardellina Dec 10, 2008

    spotatohead Thanks for your help....If I manually pull the manual shutter release down, the shutter will trip and advance the film...if I hold it down it will take multible pictures; but I still can't advance the film advance by my thumb? Any more advice will be thankfull....Tony


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Check to see if the manual shutter release (the one that is to the left of the lens when you look at the camera head on) is not cocked and ready. It should have its lever resting against the lens collar. Since this is the manual release of 1/80 second, this can sometimes be the cause of the problem. Also, make sure the shutter speed dial is set to something other than the 80 speed.

Since you can get a reading on the light meter, its likely not a power issue, plus the F3 is capabale of pulling power either from the drive or from the battery compartment.

Sometimes the electronic F3 shutter button can seize due to lack of exercise. The curtains won't need placing unless they are worn, but the switch may need replacing.

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