I am having troubles with the shutter of my FM. The thing is that after winding it after a shot, it sometimes fires again automatically, that way spoiling one frame -or even two, since sometimes it even does it twice in a row.
I have no idea what the problem could be, since it may work fine for a long series of shots, and suddenly start doing the "automatic extra shot". Other times, it just keeps doing it almost at every shot -and most of the times this happens when I have film in it, so a 36 cartridge easily becomes a 20 for me!!
any idea of what could be the problem and how could I try fixing it?
I don't want to just taking the camera to fix, since it is not worth it. You know how film cameras have dropped prices these days, and for the money of having my FM fixed I could easily get a new one. The thing is, then, that I want to try and fix it myself. Any suggestion where to start?
Those camera are repairable & still sought after. If you're interested in continuing to use a quality camera, I don't think you'll find a better camera for the cost of the repair.
Take a look in the back of Popular Photography there's repair shops listed that do great work & better than most prices. Think its Modern Camera, or something like that. Be sure to get an estimate.
As for suggestions on where to start? If you mean repairing the camera, this will be fun. To start you will need some very small screwdrivers, paperclip & perhaps a small hammer. I'm really good at taking them apart, but I've never put one back together.
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Canon AE-1 35mm SLR is a manual focus camera EOS is Canon's designation of auto focus EOS stands for Electro-Optical System. The problem you are experiencing is caused by several little things that throws the camera, wind and cocking leaver out of synchronization or simply come to the end of the roll. There is a frame counter window just to the left of the shutter release behind the shutter speed dial. Also if you have just loaded film in the camera it may not be seated correctly check by releasing the rewind button, wind the film back but not all the way and open the camera to restart the film.
Pentax ME Super was one of my favorite camera, small and clean shutter release. But it has been about 25 years since it was manufactured. They happen to use rubber break within shutter unit and as any rubbers, it started to deteriorate and melt between the shutter-blades. This prevents the complete cycle of the shutter and jams the winding. You may be able to unjam the winding but eventually you have to overhaul the shutter unit. Overhaul charge is around $100 in US repair market. -James
Do you mean that, you press the shutter release once and the shutter stays open until you press the shutter release a second time. If so, check your shutter speed setting. If it is set to "T" (Timed Exposure) the camera is working correctly. Change your shutter speed to an appropriate setting, such as 1/125. If that does not solve the problem, you might need to take it in for repair.
The first thing to check are the batteries make sure they are good.
Second thing to check, are you at the end of the film?, I have had lots of customers think they have a 36 exp film in the camera, only to find it is a 24 exp running out of film will stop the shutter and winding from re cocking
Third thing to check if the batteries are good is the position of the mirror, if it is stuck in the up position it may be that the shutter has just hung up, this happens when the camera gets a little olde and the grease in the shutter mech dries up and the shutter blinds get a bit stiff.
A shutter overhaul will fix this but you may be able to free up as a temporary measure. Follow the following steps.
1. Remove the film from the camera.
2. Open the back cover.
3. Hold the camera so you are applying a little pressure on the wind on lever.
4. Very gently and slowly press your thumb onto the shutter curtain material about 5-6mm, just enough to apply a little tension to the material but not enough for it to come out of its side locations.
If the shutter has just hung up this extra tension will cause the mirror to come back down and then allow you to carry on winding.
Sorry for such a late response, so many questions here. It sounds like a problem with the shutter unit itself. Since Nikon started putting a motors inside the camera to do the advancing and winding, the shutter automatically it set in the charged state, ie ready to shoot, or cocked like a gun.
Since it isn't used for a while, the parts of the shutter tend to form an indentation. It causes the first frame to be blank since the first curtain of the shutter doesn't open before the second curtain has fired.
The fix is possible, but fairly expensive. Nikon will charge a bunch, if they still have parts. I would live with it, remembering that the first picture is blank. It the problem gets worse, it may be time to think of another unit with less mileage or an upgrade.
Hi Change the mode to 'One Shot'. Press the AF-WB and turn the top dial to 'One Shot'.
2. Increase your depth of field. When shooting in Av try using f11. This should help with te out of focus people on the ends. Check your shutter speed as well. Good rule of thumb is to keep the shutter speed higher than the focal length of the lens. i.e. 100mm lens should have a shuter speed of 100+ for hand held shots. You may need to change the ISO speed to get the shutter speed in low light. Lternative is to use a tripod.
This sounds like mirror box motor problem ( see enclosed shot from our workshop ) : this cocks the shutter and controls mirror mechanism and when the drive dosnt work properly ( small nylon gear on the motor goes ) camera will develop the the sort of problems you describe. Can be repaired but will cost $ 150-200 so it is relatively expensive repair.