You replied back to my question earlier last week and I stopped by a place to have my camera looked into a bit more. They are now telling me I need to repair my shutter box and the repair is over $200. Is this normal wear & tear on a camera that is 2 1/2 yrs old. Any advice is appreciated.
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Re: Camera shutter issues
You were hearing extra clicking or noise on long exposures right? I thought it was a dirty shutter so cleaning is what I thought should help. If your shop thinks it needs a repair that is a bit more pricey than thorough cleaning. If you suggest to them to consider cleaning the shutter mechanism so the parts move smoothly instead of repair / replacing how much less would that cost? Also would they think that would be enough, they may have seen some corrosion or misalignment that is snagging or hanging the shutter up, so it may need the extreme solution. If they don't recommend it or are insulted by your desire to think about another solution seek a second opinion, there's nothing wrong with trying to save some money esp. if you don't need that type of surgery, you know what I mean. If the other shop says yes that shutter is damaged and needs it. You know you have to do it eventually. Just find the best price wiht the shop that you like. As far as the normal wear & tear not really, we are shooting a D80 purchased in Dec 2006 at an average of 1,000 shots a month sometimes more. My wife is a photographer as has really used it constantly, it has been very reliable. Since your camera is more than 2 years old it is out of warranty. I will check Nikon for any sort of recall or issue with the shutter and get back to you.
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Make sure it has good fresh batteries. Look at the film, make sure it is loaded correctly, or that there is film in the camera. and last look at the shutter. Open the back of the camera and the shutter is right in front of the film on the lens side of the back. if there shutter is not flat, but one or more of the little black blades are out of place then that is the problem. That shoud be sent back for service. It is not something you can push back into place without potentially doing more damage.
With the shutter curtain out of place the camera will not function. If
it is only out a little you may be able to persuade the shutter blades
to fall back into position. If you bend them, or if they are out of
the proper tracks then the camera will have to be sent to a repair
service for repair.
Look in the back where the film goes in. Are all the shutter blades flat and in place, or are they wrinkled or is one or two blades bent or out of place preventing the shutter from functioning fully? Put the camera in M focus and M exposure at about 15th, Fire the camera several times. If the shutter looks and works ok then take the lens off and look at the mirror. Fire the camera a few times. Doe the mirror go all the way up to the top and come back down, all the way? If so then the shutter would appear to work fine and the lens may e the problem. If the shutter or mirror box do not work correctly they will have to be repaired by a qualified technician.
Yes, there is a small 2-stage micro switch that needs to be replaced. 1st stage is permanently pressed and not switching/returning back due to so many time it's been pressed. It just time. Switch is right under top cover.
Water is a possible cayse
Take batteries and memory card out of camera
Take a cup of rice or salt put into a cotton bag or knot into a cotton handkerchief.
Put the knotted handkerchief and camera into a zip shut poly bag or an ordinary poly bag and tie it shut. Then put bag into a warm dry place for a couple of days
The Salt/rice will draw the moisture out of the system gently.
Come back in a week tell if it worked