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Re: Shutter is jammed so nothing works.
This is one of the best SLRs ever made. used by the military, police, schools and professionals.
yes it can be fixed with good used parts. it may not be the shutter. take off the bottom cover and check to see if the vertical lever with the spring in it is facing toward the back cover. if it is, push it back towards the lens mount until it locks with the catch lever.
if not then find a good repair shop that still fixes obsolete film camera's. there are many.
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You may need to do a factory reset. It sounds linke a transpose setting has been invoked. Read your manual under the word "transpose". A factory reset, if required, usually involves holding one or more buttons or keys down while turning on power and holding them until the reset is acknowledged.
Jim, I really wouldn't recommend this. It requires extreme patience and meticulous parts tracking. Note that junctions stated: "It's really hard to take apart,", and he ain't kidding. Really recommend that you return to the remedies that you had been trying. Sometimes it requires many repeated tries to free the gunk from the shutter. I've found that for the smaller pocket cameras that the most effective solution seems to be extending the lens and tapping around the lens barrel with a pen/pencil. Then alternately opening the battery door with the camera turned on (no need to play with shutter modes). Then just alternate with tapping, battery door, tapping, battery door, and keep doing this until the shutter opens/closes. Once this happens, set the camera to continuous shutter mode and snap off about 100 pictures to final lubricate the shutter.Good Luck,t00nz aka CR
When the shutter assembly fails all you can do is to set the camera to manual exposure, select the "B" shutter speed, and with the lens off and the back open, fire the shutter. In the B setting the shutter will remain open as long as you hold the shutter button, allowing you to see if there's an obvious obstruction.
If there's nothing obvious, then the shutter assembly must be replaced and as it's an uneconomical repair on that model your camera effectively becomes a spares donor.
You can get similar models very cheaply on auction websites or even for nothing at all on sites like FreeCycle and Freegle as they're effectively worthless, even in good working order.
From what you've given, it sounds like the shutter is fried, or the mechanism jammed - or both. If you're wanting to keep the camera, and use it, you'll need to contact a repair technician and have them take a look at it for a repair estimate - assuming it's able to be repaired. Estimates will run you around $35 most places, if there's no shop near you KEH Camera which has a website is quite good.
The same thing just happened to my Nikon FE, and my estimates have been ranging anywhere from $105-145 to get it fixed, so the decision of whether to repair or replace if really left up to you.
Does the mechanical action of the button still work? i.e. can you feel the click when you press the button?
If it still feels normal then it is probable that the ribbon connecting it to the main board has moved slightly so that it has broken the connection inside the socket and will just require seating correctly.
If not then you may have to source another camera for donor parts.
This sounds like a jammed shutter. There is a very delicate assembly inside your lens which blocks light from the image sensor at the moment you snap the picture in order for it to be able to record what it was seeing at that very moment. Normally after the sensor has finished recording the image the shutter will re-open allowing you to compose another image. If you see the icons and text as you would expect, but do not see any image - this shutter jam is the most likely cause. This assembly is so delicate that even slight impacts, condensation, or contamination from dust or dirt can cause the shutter to not open after it has shut resulting in a black image at all times.
The shutter will sometimes clear itself and begin functioning again, but usually it requires disassembly and manual re-setting. Due to the complexity of the lens assembly in this camera (because of the anti-shake features) you will need to send the camera to the manufacturer if you wish to get this problem fixed.
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