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Ive just loaded a film, following the instructions, shut the back and wanted to advance the film, but the lever wouldnt extend the full way, it only goes to the on position

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  • kakima Aug 21, 2010

    Are you firing the shutter? You can only advance the film one frame at a time between shutter releases. The procedure is to c-o-c-k, shutter, c-o-c-k, shutter, etc... (sorry for the punctuation, but FixYa censors that word).

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For the FE try turning the speed dial to M90. Sometimes FEs get hung up when you try shooting at speeds of 1/500 or 1/1000. If you fire off a few without film at at those speeds it should free them up. You might have to keep turning back to M90 until it frees..
Not sure if the F3 can be cured the same way but try activating the manual shutter release (the little lever to the lower right of the lens.

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I have the same problem with a Nikon F2, got it off my grandfather and its been in his attic for at least the last 10 years. I don't know if parts have seized up or if im doing something wrong. have put in new batteries, but film advance lever won't go past "on" position. have tried pressing shutter but it doesn't help. Also film winding knob will not lift up enough to load in a film! any solutions!?

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