Shutter release and film and advance not working on Olympus OM-N1
I have an Olympus OM-N1 that is about 30 years old. I had it overhauled about 5 years ago. My son has been using it for a college photography class and all of a sudden the shutter release (no click) and film advance (lever moves but nothing happens) quit working. We took it to a camera store and the guy thought the gears were jammed and it need to be shipped out. Does this sound like an easy fix? Is there something I can do? I opened the camera and I don't see any bits of film that may be caught in there.
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I too like old school camera, mine are the N2000, N6006, N80, and F100. First without film in the camera I would attempt to release the shutter. If it does then there is something going on with the film transfer causing a bind.
However, If it continues not to release the shutter I would put the FM10 on the shelf then go to KEH.com for another. Just now checked KEH.com, 2014-05-26, a FM10 in EX condition is $89, EX+ condition $99. That would be a much better move than repairing yours and less expensive.
I have seen this before, especially on OM2-SPs, the wind on mechanism cam seems to get out of register with the shutter curtain rollers. If you remove the baseplate from the camera (4 screws) and release the cam that drives the first shutter curtain roller, this can release the shutter. You then have to re synchronise the cam with the winding mechanism, tricky, but it does work and can be done with some patience! Good luck!
This camera is somewhere between fifteen and thirty years old. It is highly unlikely that spares would be available, and it would be extremely expensive to have it repaired in any case, most artificers familiar with the internal layout having probably retired years ago. Maybe the camera should be retired too ?
You can download a manual for the OM-1 from http://butkus.org/chinon/olympus/olympus_om-1/olympus_om-1.htm
The OM-1MD is the same camera as the OM-1 with the added provision for taking a motor drive to advance the film automatically.
The OM-1n is the same as the OM-1MD with a redesigned film advance lever, a flash ready/sufficient flash LED in the viewfinder, and automatic X-sync regardless of the position of the FP/X switch, when it is used with a T-series flash unit mounted on Flash Shoe 4.
Film advance on your model is entirely mechanical and is not affected by the batteries, but it does interlock with the shutter mechanism which is entirely battery dependent.
Unfortunately, OM4's are were notorious for having a main circuit board which corroded. There were a number of revisions to the board and the OM4-ti had a major revision which improved things greatly but didn't fix it entirely. If the board's faulty, your camera has become a display piece only as it cannot be fixed and spares are impossible to obtain. It doesn't help that OM4-ti's were made in far fewer numbers than regular OM4's and that the boards are not interchangeable between them.
It is still possible though that the fault is due to the camera just needing a thorough CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) but expect to find that some mechanical parts may need to be replaced, especially if the film advance has been forced. If the shutter assembly is faulty, then once again you're into rocking-horse poo territory as it's unique to the OM4-ti. They can't be obtained new any more, but they can be taken from scrap OM4-ti's which suffered circuit board failure.
Note that due to the complexity of this model most repairs are not a DIY option. Repairs will not be cheap, but an OM4-ti which is advertised for sale with proof of recent professional repairs and servicing by an Olympus specialist is worth a lot of money so is often a worthwhile investment.
This is very common on many OM SLRs and is caused by dirty shutter magnets. If you look on the web you can find details on how to do this yourself, but as the OM-4 is top of the line I'd highly recommend getting it done professionally as part of a CLA (clean lubricate adjust) service. Last time I had it done in the UK it cost about £80 and when I had it done to my OM-2SP in the USA last year it cost just under $100.
Pentax ME Super was one of my favorite camera, small and clean shutter release. But it has been about 25 years since it was manufactured. They happen to use rubber break within shutter unit and as any rubbers, it started to deteriorate and melt between the shutter-blades. This prevents the complete cycle of the shutter and jams the winding. You may be able to unjam the winding but eventually you have to overhaul the shutter unit. Overhaul charge is around $100 in US repair market. -James
You can use the lens from your old OM camera on the EVOLT E-410. You would need to purchase an MF-OM-1 adapter to make those lenses fit the new digital SLR camera. Also when using those lenses the camera would need to be used in Manual mode as there is no auto focus capability when using the old OM lenses.
Your camera is cocked but since the shutter is not working you cannot release it and hence your film advance mechanism does not work.
ME-super will work without batteries in full manual mode so set your shutter to B and try to release it.
If the shutter will not release in B mode then the shutter/mirror box will need servicing : rubber components in the mirror box mechanism have perished and need replacing. After that your camera will be fine for another couple of years.