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D70 Shutter Stuck

After taking an image in cold weather yesterday (maybe 0º C) my shutter got stuck. It is stuck in the closed position so I can see nothing through the viewfinder. I can manually move it into the open position with my fingers but it won't return to the correct position by itself. Any ideas? I've only had the camera a few months but I bought it secondhand so I don't know for sure how old it is.

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  • hannaha Dec 17, 2007

    Weirdly, it started working again after I did 'mirror lock-up' and then switched the camera off and on again. I read on another forum that cold weather can be the problem. Either way, it makes me miss my F100!

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I'm afraid the camera has suffered "shutter death". After a certain number of clicks (usually 30.000-70.000, but it could be as little as 5000 or as much as 150.000), the shutter just gives up the ghost. It's fixable, but expensive.

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