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Shutter wont fire, or auto focus

Yeh, thanks for the awesome site, well basically i just found my parents old (mz50 SLR) camera, and they said it worked fine, i got some new CR2 batteries for it, but now everytime i touch any button it winds on another shot, this includes turning it on... occasionally hte autofocus will work, but it doesnt, it just goes from in to out without focusing... oh and each time i hit the button to takea picture, it winds another shot without opening the shutter. also the flash doesnt fire with the wind on... Thanks so much for any help Justin

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  • JohnnyPE Mar 25, 2008

    Sounds familiar. I too have a problem with the MZ50 shutter sticking and film advancing 1, sometimes 2 frames at the touch of any button, including turning on and off. You can hear the motor winding for the shutter, but upon closer inspection (empty of film), i can see the shutter leaves jammed or slowly jerking past each other. it may take up to 10-15 "attempts" (ie: button depresses) to release the shutter. A shame because other wise the camera is perfect. Any idea on a reputable repairer in the Syria/Lebanon areas? JohnE

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    my camera's shutter does not open, but the autofocus is working. When I see through the camera, nothing is visible. Its just dark. please help me. my email id is



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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.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007


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