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Shutter sticking open

When I take a picture the viewfinder stays black until I jiggle the camera. Then there is a click and the viewfinder is open again. I have replaced the batteries and the film. I think the lens I have is a bit loose. But when I take the lens off and check I notice that the mirror gets stuck, but that was after I had my finger in the way of the shutter.

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Hey jimicricket,
The mirror is what reflects what the lens is seeing up to the viewfinder, and if it is sticking in the up position that is why you can't see anything sometimes thru the viewfinder. I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician, and it's possible that it just needs a good cleaning.

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