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Re: nikon n60 shutter prblem, stays open, is it worth...
It really depends on how much you like the camera!
The cost of repairs can vary, but a high-street dealer can be quite expensive, over £100 is quite common, and if replacemnt parts are required this quicky becomes very expensive.
You may be able to find a less expensive repairer somewhere like eBay, but it may be less expensive to buy a used replacement from an internet vendor.
It's quite shocking how cheaply some very nice caneras can be bought for!
Make sure it comes with a warranty though. Three months is typical, and is usually long enough for you to properly test the replacement. If it does not break after three months of normal use, then it's likely to last a long time. (One's offered without a warranty may not even have been properly checked.)
Also make sure that the seller specialises in photographic gear, and is well established. It's quite easy to look real professional on a internet auction site right from the word go. So look for evidence that the seller has been doing this for a while and regularly, and check any scoring system the site provides.
As a final note. Don't go for the cheapest vendor. I sell and repair cameras professionally, and you can take my word for it that you cannot provide a proper level of after-sales support and sell good cameras for next to nothing. These things take time, and time as they say.....
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Set the lens f/stop to the largest number such as f/22 (smallest diameter). Many cameras with automatic exposure must have the f/stop set to the largest number on the lens, or turn off auto focus do manual focus.
Sometimes cameras that have been stored for a long time can experience stuck or sticky shutters. This is caused by lubrication oil residue building up on the shutter from non-movement over this extended period of time. But this can sometimes be easily fixed, without even opening the camera. To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help. If you do succeed in opening the shutter, remember to conduct the post-fix multiple continuous shutter shots to lubricate the shutter.
Please follow these instructions:
1. Open the camera back
2. Pull the film leader across the red film index mark (red line)
3. Check to ensure film is properly positioned with no slack, then close camera back
4. Fully depress shutter release button to advance to frame 1. Check the rewind lever if it turns counter clockwise when you depress the shutter release button.
Keep on trying this procedure until you get it right. Most of the time, the error is in not pulling the film leader enough to reach the red film index mark.
If you're still having a problem with this, the next best option is to have the camera checked by a competent camera technician.
It means the aperture ring isn't locked. Turn the aperture ring on the lens to its smallest setting (largest F/number). If the ring has a lock, lock it. You can control the aperture from the camera the same way you would using a lens with no aperture ring.
It's not clear from your question that this is actually a problem as you haven't said what the display is doing to cause you problems actually using the camera.
What is certain is that it's supposed to display a F number in the viewfinder. Along the bottom of the display will be a number (shutter speed), an F number (aperture setting, when in auto or shutter priority modes this may not exactly match what's set on the lens), and moving bar + - scale too indicate over (+) or under (-) exposure.
If you really don't know what the F number is nor what it's for then you need to read both a good photography for beginners guide and also the camera manual. Explaining the relationship between shutter speeds, aperture settings and film speeds in any truly meaningful way here is beyond the limited scope of FixYa as whole books are devoted to the subject, but you only need a few pages and pictures from the available publications to get a good idea.
You can download a free user guide for your camera at the address below. It's for a Nikon F60, but it's identical to the your camera which was called the N60 in North America to distinguish it from unofficial imports.
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