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I just bought a camera from craigs list, there was still film in the camera and I took one picture and now everytime I look through the viewfinder it is black, like if something is covering it. I took the old fim out and I havn't loaded any film into it yet becasue I don't know if having film in the camera is going to let me see through the viewfinder.

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SLR stands for "Single Lense Reflex", and yours is not reflexing, the shutter is stuck. I would say the guy that owned it before you did not know it, because to reset it manualy you have to remove the film and or the lense. To fix it you have to send the camera in for a good cleaning. "proffesonal job, lots of small tools and touchy parts"

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