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Bad picture developing

I have a Nikon N55 camera.  When I got the last two rolls of film developed the pictures had a black strip about one inch wide across the top of all of the pictures.  Do you think it is the film or the camera itself?

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    I hace the the same problem it started 3 rolls of film ago i kept thinking made it was the film but still the entire 3 rolls have a black strip all the way across the top



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Since this happened on two seperate rolls of film, the problem may be that the shutter blades have been bent out of place.  This can cause the symptoms you describe.  Have a qualified technician look at the shutter.  Usually the blades can be reset.  In bad cases the blades may be bent or creased. If this is the case, the shutter may need to be replaced.

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