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Nikon D70 mirror sticks open

I've got a Nikon D70. When I press the shutter release button the mirror lifts up and stays up. Pressing the shutter release again drops the mirror but with no image recorded.

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It is probably the small contacts in the shutter. If they are faulty, the motor will not be enabled for cocking the shutter.
Solution: take out the shutter and clean or replace it. It is not impossible, I have done that a couple of times, but you should get the service manual. It will be a great help. Repair time will be approx 5-7 hours work.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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