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Shutter release I have an Asahi Pentax automatic film camera. Recently the shutter is not getting released. The display panel shows low battery although I have used brand new batteries. This I have tried more than once replacing the batteries however the problem persists.

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    Have you cleaned the contact inside the camera and the battery cover with an eraser?

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Hi , to release the shutter open the lense and push shutter button , rotate the camera mode to auto or manual release shutter.donnot set on bulb or lower speed can cause stuck camera miror and stter curtain, or blade.

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