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My cameras shutter is frozen shut. its a canonet giii model

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  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson Feb 07, 2010

    add some solvent to the self timer (a few drops) and turn the camera around in circles for a minute with the lenses horizontal only the shutter will work. do this for a week everyday until it is freed up without using solvent again. this shutter will last you a few more years before it starts sticking again

  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson Apr 25, 2010

    This camera was made 25 years before the Digitals came out. Thanks fot the reply back

  • Arun John
    Arun John May 11, 2010

    Hi, I am sorry, but please explain your problem in a bit more detail. Does the camera turns on and display and all the other functions are working fine?

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I'd recommend visiting a local camera repair shop, otherwise you could damage the camera permanently.

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