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Film advance lever

I pulled out my dad's old x-700 about 3 years ago, and it had worked for a while. Recently, I found it in a box, but found the film advance lever only pulls out about half way. I don't have the manual, and I kind of figured out how to work the camera on my own, so I don't know if this is just something that has to do with my stupidity...

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Re: film advance lever

No problem.
Most film cameras can do that, for quick advancement.

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