I have a 35mm yashica (fx-2); when I set the shutter to either 60 or 125 and take a picture, the viewfinder stays black until I set the camera to any other shutter speed and take a pic then I can see through again.
When it is on 60 or 125 and the back is exposed, it appears that all is functional (shutter opens and closes normally) so I'm not sure what could cause this problem...and yes it's an old camera (almost 30years now) so maybe it's just on it's way out. I think it might have something to do with the self timer, but I'm not sure and have no idea how to fix it.
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Re: 35mm Camera - can't use shutter speed 60/125???
No, it is not the self timer. The shutter may need lubrication and adjustment. What is happening is that the shutter is not moving well enough to trip the mirror back down after the exposure. Advancing it to the next shot resets this. Another thing to check is the foam pad that dampens the mirror. The foam does degrade over time and becomes sticky, trapping the mirror like glue
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I am not sure, but have you played with the camera manual setting ?
if you did
you should change the shutter speed to a higher level (if you have used the manual mode)
but if you use the automatic mode and the light around you was low the shutter speed will be automatically low so the camera could give you a better picture be lowering the shutter speed so it could have the enough time to collect the light (that's why the snapping is slow)
so try to increase the iso or the av (lowering the av's number)
hopefully, I have helped you
In the manual and shutter-priority modes (set the dial to "M" or "S"), turn the command dial to change the shutter speed. In the aperture-priority mode (set the dial to "A"), turning the command dial changes the aperture and the camera will set the shutter speed appropriately.
If you need a manual, you may download a copy from here.
My shutter does that when there is low light, or just slow shutter speed. You could try changing those settings, otherwise, last time mine got stuck, I loosened a screw on the bottom right under the shutter release button and the shutter just snapped back into its place.
If your camera is a Rebel XS you should have a dial on the top right with a series of letters and icons. To set your camera so you manually control the shutter speed turn this dial too "TV" (Time Value). This setting will allow you to select the shutter speed and the aperture will open or close to achieve the correct exposure. The "M" is (Manual) where you would select both the shutter speed and aperture "AV" is (Aperture Value) where the user selects the aperture they want and the shutter speed increases or decreases to obtain a proper exposure. The "P" (Program) mode allows the camera to automatically select the shutter speed and aperture
The EM doesn't really have a manual shutter speed setting. It does have a Bulb setting for long exposures and a 1/90 second manual for flash, but otherwise the camera automatically sets the shutter speed to go with the currently selected aperture.
Normally you would set the aperture and let the camera set the shutter speed. You can adjust the shutter speed by pressing the exposure compensation button for +2 stops. You can also adjust the exposure by changing the ASA/ISO setting.
If you need a manual, you can download one from http://butkus.org/chinon/nikon/nikon_em/nikon_em.htm
shutter speed has nothing to do with battery power. If you have a SLR camera you use the shutter speed option when you want to have control of the shutter speed, slow shutter speed means if your taking a picture of a waterfall and you want to see the actual droplets you set a slow shutter speed, if you want it to look more smooth/flowing you set a faster shutter speed, if you do not have a SLR camera you probably dont have much say so in shutter speed...
Two possibilities : 1 ) your film was not properly loaded into the pick up spool and hence it was transported or exposed ; what you took to the lab was unexposed film. 2) the shutter is not opening and again no exposure takes place. To check this open back , set to slow speed like 8th of a second, and see if the shutter opens and closes properly. If the shutter does not open then it will have to go in, unfortunately. Cost ? If it is just an adjustment ( as I suspect is the case ) you should not pay more than $ 100.