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Olympus OM-4 Shutter Release Button Stuck

As I was shooting one day, the shutter release button stayed, although the shutter did fire. The button is still stuck down, and hasn't popped up yet. I do not want to spend that much money attempting to get it repaired, so is it possible to do it myself?

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  1. First ry to reset the Self Timer lever.
  2. Try to change the aperture.
  3. Try to unscrew the lens
  4. Open the film chamber slightly (just to loosen any lever that has got stuck)
One of these operations would dislodge any normal lever jam. If these fail to solve the problem, take it to a repair shop.

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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