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Shutter won't depress, advance lever won't move.

I've had this camera in the box for a long time. Decided to take it out of box again. I just took the film off the spool because I couldn't get the film to advance. Once I did that, the lever did move and I depressed the shutter. Then it seemed to be frozen up again. Somehow it worked, just like that, one more time, now those parts don't move. I don't know what I did (if anything) to 'solve' the problem one time, and don't know what happened that the problem didn't stay solved. I'm new at this, obviously. Maybe the parts are stiff and maybe not.

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Re: Shutter won't depress, advance lever won't move. - Nikon FM10 35mm SLR Camera 35mm SLR Cameras

How? i have the issue too.

Posted on Sep 08, 2008

Re: Shutter won't depress, advance lever won't move.

How did you fix this i have the same issue

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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SOURCE: no shutter/film advance

What kind of camera is it,did you check the battery?
Is it a 35mm are what?

Posted on Nov 12, 2007

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SOURCE: nikon fm10 cannot get shuuter release button to

The film lever is also a switch. If you had advanced the film lever, **** it outward a little. You will feel the detent click somewhat when doing so. Leave the lever outward and see if the shutter will work. The detent is for appling an closed circuit for the light meter. When the lever is fully pushed back in it shuts the power to the meter on off to conserve battery power

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Start simple and go from there.

I don't know if you have film in the camera so I'll read the following and choose what works for you.

I will assume the battery is working if applicable.

As stupid as this sounds press the shutter release button. If the shutter is cocked it will hold the advance. I've had people come in with this problem.

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If there is film in the camera remove it.

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OK so now we have a camera open with no film in it.

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