Question about Canon Prima BF-80 35mm Point and Shoot Camera
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Whenever I've had the same problem on 35mm SLR cameras it's usually just been due to the camera needing a CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service. Over time the shutter button mechanism can get jammed by dirt or simply by sticky dried out lubricant. The fact that your camera works correctly on self timer confirms that the underlying mechanism itself is still OK.
Your Canon Prima BF-90 though is utterly worthless (in pure financial terms) and is a really basic model with fixed focus, no zoom, fixed aperture and just three shutter speeds and a film speed range of just ISO100 to ISO400. It was never designed to be dismantled and serviced so unless you are prepared to use the self timer for every shot the camera is effectively a write off. The camera itself was only designed to last for a maximum of about fifty rolls of film.
This is not all bad news though as you have a number of options available:-
1. Replace the camera: there are millions of other similar models sitting unused in cupboards and drawers and so just ask around or look on your local FreeCycle/Freegle groups and you'll soon have a replacement for free. Almost all charity/thrift shops have a back room full of such models as they're often virtually unsaleable, but if you go that route then expect to pay £5 or $5 as it's to a good cause.
2. As your camera is officially scrap and no professional repairer will touch it you have nothing to lose and valuable experience to gain in attempting a DIY repair. You'll be on your own in this as there are no repair manuals for such a simple model, but if you search the web for camera repair websites then you'll get some general ideas. Your camera is immeasurably simpler than most others so it's a good place to start learning a new skill. As you dismantle, note where everything goes and how it's connected, and clean out any fluff, grit, or dried-out grease. Sparingly re-lubricate as you reassemble using tiny dabs of a high melting point grease.
Personally, I'd suggest pursuing both options as they are both free. Your camera may be very basic but that also means that it's easy to use and reliable. It also means that you concentrate on photography within the camera's limitations and don't get distracted by umpteen settings and gadgets. One of the most useful features of your camera is the large bright viewfinder, and the fact that it looks like an unimpressive model means that thieves aren't interested and people don't behave differently in the way that they do when they see someone with a far more "professional-looking" camera.
Good luck with this; sorry there's no definite guaranteed fix but at least you do have other ways to resolve your problem. If you decide to dispose of your camera please try to ensure that it goes into an electronic waste or plastics recycling bin. I hope that you have still found my reply to be of assistance and in return ask only that you take a moment to rate my answer.
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