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XR 7 locked up

My Ricoh xr 7 locked up while taking a picture, the shutter won't release. I might have released the shutter again while it was doing a long exposure.

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  • bridgemonkey Jun 12, 2008

    The shutter has frozen. removing batteries hasn't helped. I read somewhere about grease can gunked up the shutter mechanism but I haven't found any camera shop able to work on old Ricohs... any suggestions?

  • DixonL2 Sep 18, 2008

    Same problem, removing and replacing batteries hasn't helped.  Heard a rubber part may have broken down with age.  Will report if I find any solution...

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    Jeff Hill Dec 04, 2013

    i received and XR-M and XR-10M and both the mirror would stick up. There is a piece of the camera that is in front of the mirror when it is locked up, and for some reason if you touch the mirror edge it will flop back down. I have pulled ever so slightly this piece forward, and now both of my cameras are back in 100% order and i'm run many rolls of film through them no sticking.


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Just read on another forum where the film rewind button can get stuck (little button on the bottom of the camera, used to initiate rewind), and removing the camera bottom allows access to unjam it.  I'll try... takes a small philips eyeglass screwdriver and young eyes (or my reading glasses...) 

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  • DixonL2 Sep 18, 2008

    GOT IT!!! On my beloved XR-7 (MAY rolls of film through that one), I removed the bottom, Philips head small eyeglass screws, magnetic tray helps hold 'em) then was able to slightly compress the small brass leaf spring (winder end of the camera) and wind the camera a few times (5-6).  After these few winds, the shutter unlocked.  Also removed some gunk built up in the bottom of the camera (small pieces of the foam pad that cushions the mirror).  Cleaned the mirror, cycled the camera a few times, and it works.

    To find the brass spring, hold the camera, bottom side up with the bottom removed, and the winder on the right side.  The brass leaf spring is on the bottom right, the wide facing you, and when compressed it allows the film winder lever to cycle, as though winding the film.  I did this 6-8-10 times and the shutter unlocked.

    Hope this helps and lasts, it's a great camera.


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Hey cgrant,
I would try removing the batteries. This should release the shutter. I hope this helps!

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