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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You need to understand the relationship and teractivity of aperture, shutter speed and iso. In Av mod, you choose the aperture and the camera makes thw shutter speed agjustment, In Tv mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera makes the aperture adjustment, In manual, you have to set both shutter speed and aperture manually. If the ISO mode is set to AUTO, the camera chooses the sensors sensitivity to light automatically. Change to specific ISO (200-400 for daylight and 799-1600 for night). Take a picture in AV mode and note what shutter speed the camera chose. Then switch to TC mode choose the same shutter speed and see if camera chose the same aperture(f-stop) you chose in first shot. Change to Manual and choose same f-stop and shutter speed the camera chose for you in the other modes. Compare all three photos. They should be almost if not exactly the same exposure wise. In Tv mode choose a dlowers shutter speed, In Manual choose a combo of slower shuuter and wider f-stop(smaller number). Read your manual.
from the manual:
Using Shutter-Priority Mode 1.
Set the mode dial to S (shutter-priority) and a yellow arrowhead on the screen points to the current shutter speed. Press the jog dial and the current shutter speed turns yellow. 2. With the current shutter speed displayed in yellow, rotate the jog dial to select the speed you want to use. 3. Take the picture. If a workable aperture isn?t available for the shutter speed you?ve selected, the shutter speed indicator on the screen flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down. You can use the setting as is, or press the jog dial down to select the shutter speed again and rotate it to select a new shutter speed.
I have the S5000 and have found that the shutter lag does present some problem with action shots. You do have to focus on the subject, & then hit the shutter just as it comes into the frame. As to the blur, have you tried shutter priority? I recently took a picture of my cousin's daughter jumping over a dog, & got the action perfectly. (I will be posting it in my gallery shortly - I don't remember offhand what the shutter speed was). Set the shutter speed to at least 1/500, or even faster depending on the subject.
I've tried some night shots, and I would either adj the exposer compensation level, or you can lower the ap value witch would increase the diaphragm opening.
try this out and tell what you get.
I believe you can adjust your iso settings, too much you might get some digital noise.