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Problems with the shutter of a FM

Hi, 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? thanks!

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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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Lin & Daniel,
I had the same problem w/ my T90 after years of not using it. But, the T90 is not dubbed the Tank for nothing. The shutter curtains stucked/stacked because of unuse, especially if you hadn't used it for years.
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it could be the rubber bumper next to the fresnel lens has become sticky. very gently ( after removing lens ) try to bring mirror down without forcing it. it should release easily.
if not, rotate the select knob off auto. open film door and check that the shutter is fully deployed, shutters should not be overlapping.
remove screws from bottom cover and remove cover, keep camera up side down so that re-wind button stays put. there is a locking lever under the take up spool ( gray ) . with a pin move lever toward film door and bring advance lever fully to the right , then let it go so it returns quickly.
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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.

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