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Shutter opens, but doesn't close? I advance my film, press the shutter release, and it opens, but stays open. The only way my shutter will close is if I press the battery check button. I read a trouble shooting section in an old repair manual, and it mentions the problem being "defective IC2" but I can't for the life of me understand what this means. Also, my shutter speed dial and ASA do not change properly. It just kind of spins around, rather than clicking from setting to setting as they used to, as if something got forced and broken.

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That camera needs tobe services. The IC2 is the technicians code that tells where to start. With the problems you describe it would be best ot let a technician overhaul and recalibrate it if possible. then you will have a camera that operates like new.

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