My camera doesn't work when I press the shutter release
I have been having some issues with my X-700. First, the shutter curtain has only been opening part way and then today, I shot off a couple frames and now it isn't working at all. When I press the shutter release, nothing happens and the film advance lever is not doing anything either. I tried putting fresh batteries in but nothing happened. Any suggestions?
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I'm not Christina, but my X-700 has somewhat the same problem. I have already fixed the "no shutter fire situation" by replacing the caps but now I notice something different. Looking from the back of the camera (door open) I see that the shutter curtains are not aligned properly during a wind. The one one on the right is slightly cocked, its metal strip is not hidden behind the other curtains edge. Is this something that I can handle? I have all the tools.
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I think the timing of the shutter winding gears has slipped a tooth or two. look at the picture in this image:
Near the motor drive coupler at the bottom you will see a blue and a white gear. Look closely at the blue gear and you will see a line on the top of it. That line needs to be pointed at the center of the white gear when the camera has been released and ready to be advanced again.
If you wish to proceed, I will tell you how to re-time the gears.
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If your shutter curtain doesnt close, it may be out of Sync with the shutter button. My Minolta x700 had this problem. My camera guy fixed it for me with a couple of tinker moves. Contact your nearest camera repair shop (if available) and ask how much it would be to fix the Sync between depressing the shutter button and the curtain. it may just be some grime that has it stuck.
I have seen this before, especially on OM2-SPs, the wind on mechanism cam seems to get out of register with the shutter curtain rollers. If you remove the baseplate from the camera (4 screws) and release the cam that drives the first shutter curtain roller, this can release the shutter. You then have to re synchronise the cam with the winding mechanism, tricky, but it does work and can be done with some patience! Good luck!
You can't touch the shutter curtain at all on any film camera and the cost of repairing that curtains far exceeds the cost/value of the camera. Sorry for the bad news but the only thing worth anything on the camera now is the lens.
Your second curtain is not releasing the mirror to come down. This happens with weak 2nd shutter curtain tension. If the wind lever is stuck and the mirror does not come down then the mirror tension spring came off.
If the film advance lever is "flopping" back and forth, the problem is most likely a jammed advance mechanism inside. The shutter is cocked *mechanically* and released the same way--no battery power is needed. One old trick you could try to release things is to push the rewind button on the bottom of the camera.*sometimes* it will free up the mechanism enough to unjam.
Lets see if the shutter curtains are opening properly : set to B and open the film back of the camera. Now release shutter and see if the first s. curtain has opened nicely and swiftly. Then release the second s. curtain and again see if you get proper closing of the curtain.
If the shutter curtains ( usually just one misbehaves ) is slow to close then the shutter unit needs looking at . ( btw no point pouring liquids like benzine etc. into the shutter curtain are ... will make things worse ).
Possibly the film did not go through the camera. If it did, the problem may be the 2nd(or closing)curtain magnet on the bottom of the camera.
When the magnet is working the closing curtain of the shutter is held back 1 to 1000 miliseconds-depending on the shutter speed selected by you. 1ms=1/1000 sec. 1000ms=1 sec.
You can tell by 1. removing the lens 2.setting the shutter speed to the "B" setting 3. opening the film door and looking through the camera 4. releasing or firing the camera and keeping pressure on the release button. If the magnet is working, the shutter will stay open as long as the release button is kept pressed down. The closing curtain will close as soon as the release button is released.
When the magnet fails, both curtains travel across the film plane together and no exposure is made. Sometimes there is corrosion on the magnet where the wires connect. Sometimes there is some foreign substance or object that interferes with the face of the metal unit that attaches to the magnet when the camera is wound. Sometimes the magnet just fails and needs to be replaced.
If the magnet checks out OK the problem may be in the circuits that control the release of the magnet. If this is the problem, the camera needs to be looked at by a competent repair shop. Just so you know, new parts are getting hard to come by, but there are tons of used cameras around that parts can taken from. Hope this helps.
Set camera to B , open back door and release the shutter and keep it open while you inspect focal plain area. Is the shutter fully opened ? If you release again is the shutter opening completely and closing completely ? While the shutter is fully opened on B look through the shutter/ mirror box area is anything obstracting your view ?
Seems like one of the shutter curtains is not opening properly and shutter will need servicing. Please note that it may not be economical to repair : $ 150-200 if the shutter block does not have to be replaced completely.