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35mm Camera - can't use shutter speed 60/125???

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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.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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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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