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The image is directed by the lens to a mirror then to a prism then to the viewfinder. The mirror flips up when you take a picture so the image can reach the film behind it. If the lens is ok it is possible that the mirror is very dirty or not returning completely to the proper position after a picture is taken. If the mirror is dirty you should have it professionally cleaned because it is a very light weight metal mirror and VERY EASILY SCRATCHED. If you have another lens then mount it and see if it is also blurry and cannot be focused.
A few cameras like certain Olympus models have a mirror lock up option which you use after focusing the image while the camera is on a tripod. This gets rid of the slight vibration caused by the mirror swinging up out of the way while taking. a picture.
If all else fails you might consider taking it to a good camera shop if you can find one.
Digital cameras are getting better and better but there are still things film cameras can do that most digitals cannot. Long exposures in "Bulb" mode and multiple exposures are among these. Also each brand of film has it's own Artistic color expression such as Afgachrome vs. Kodachrome.
The mirror has locked up, blacking out the viewfinder. Mirror lock up is usually due to flat batteries, so replace them as soon as possible. Extended lock up is bad for the camera.
The FM uses a pair of SR44 batteries, you can use the cheaper LR44's but the voltage characteristics are different and exposures will be a little off, but if you're using print film then you're unlikely to notice any problem.
The batteries are very widely available, the link I've provided is for the mail order supplier I use in the UK. Even if the supplier is of no use to you the information they provide shows you most of the other names that the identical batteries are sold as by various manufacturers.
If new batteries don't fix it then the camera is effectively beyond economic repair.
The F65 is a film camera. You must get the film processed before you can see any pictures. If you have the setup yourself, you can develop the film. Otherwise, take the film to a photo processing lab (any camera store and many department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets either have them or have access to one) and get it processed. If you're shooting negative film, you can get prints. If you're shooting slide film, you can get slides. Either way, you can also request a CD containing the digitized images.
Again, the F65 is a film camera. The camera can't show you the images it has taken.
Hi jandklandry, Sounds as though the cushion the mirror hits on the up swing is tacky thus holding the mirror up. Maybe you can yourself fix it however, I would suggest sending it to Nikon for a complete CLA (Clean Lube Adjust). You have a nice camera allow Nikon to do it proud.
Sorry, I read this as being for a Nikon N70 35mm SLR, but now see that it's a Canon EOS 350d.
In that case, you simply have a dirty image sensor. Either use a DIY sensor cleaning kit on the sensor (put the camera body into "sensor cleaning mode" to expose the sensor), or get a professional cleaning done. Professional is best for a one off, but as the problem will re-occur then there's no substitute for the experience you'll gain by doing it yourself. Until you get good at sensor cleaning, just clone out the artefacts using your preferred image editing software.
When you say clear, are you saying that there is not any image on the film or it is a good image except for the left side half inch?
The N2000 flash sync is 1/125 of a second, are you shooting higher shutter speeds. If so the shutter begins to close before the flash can fire making a portion of the left side dark. Also, the flash may be overpowering the remaining section of the film blowing it out.
If this happens without flash I would suggest you contact Nikon for a CLA, (Clean Lube Adjust).
The following I have mentioned to others:
These cameras are worth $90 and less. As you can see it would cost more to have them fixed than to purchase a used N2000.
Look at http://www.keh.com, they are the largest used camera company in the USA if not the world. They are in the Atlanta Metro area. Having purchased many items from them I am a very satisfied customer.
I'm unfamiliar with the F80 but on models like the f65 and f75 the viewfinder screen has an lcd overlay and when the battery is exhausted or removed the viewfinder goes dark and blurry.
Looking at a picture of the f80 it looks like it's just an update on my f75 so it strongly suggests that you just need to insert a fresh battery. The lcd does draw power from the battery even with the camera turned off.
I hope that you found my answer useful, once you've tried another battery to confirm what I've suggested I'd appreciate it if you return the favour by rating my answer.
Here's a link to the N75 / F75 user guide. The troubleshooting section / lens compatibility area might point to the problem. If the viewfinder is dark, the mirror is likely stuck in the UP position. This is usually due to a lens compatibilty issue, or the fact that the lens is not set to its smallest aperture (ie 22). The camera needs that to control the full range of aperture openings
Your Nikon is a SLR which stands for single lens reflex. The reflex part is the way the mirror that lets you look through the lens to frame the picture flips up to let the light go straight to the film. You can change the lens half way through the film roll because the mirror is down while you change the film and blocks light from getting to the film, just as it blocks the light until you push the shutter button. Have fun with your 'new' camera! I use an even older style Nikon FE2. I like my Nikon 55mm macro lens but your newer camera takes autofocus lenses so you'll need advice from someone else for that.