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Fuji 35mm Camera (Model DL-400)

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I have an old 35mm Fuji camera - Model DL-400 that I purchased in March of 1991. The camera had been working perfectly fine until last October. Someone gave me another 35mm camera that I thought I'd try out. Because I wasn't going to be using the Fuji for a while, I took the battery out. There was no film in the camera either. A couple of weeks later I wanted to go back to using the Fuji so I put the battery back in and loaded a new roll of film. The camera made its usual sound of the film loading, but when I went to take a picture, the shutter wouldn't trip. I tried it a couple of times - still nothing. I checked the battery to make sure it hadn't expired and it hadn't but I put a new one in anyway. Still nothing. I tried hitting the mid-roll re-wind button and again it made the usual sound of the film rewinding, however when I opened the camera back, the film had not rewound. I closed the back of the camera and the entire roll then rewound into the cannister. I tried another new roll of film, again it sounded like it was loading, but this time I went into a dark room, opened the back of the camera and I could tell the film had not loaded. When I closed the back of the camera, that entire roll of film again rewound back into the cannister.

According to the troubleshooting section of the manual one "Fault/Problem" is that the exposure counter blinks (which mine did), the shutter won't trip (mine didn't) or the loaded film returns directly into the cartridge (mine did). One of the "Possible Causes" was that I unloaded a partly used roll of film without winding it back into its cartridge. Although I didn't do that (remember I just took the battery out of the camera while there was no film in it), I tried the "Remedy" for that problem which was to close the camera back then press the Mid-roll rewind button (it said the camera motor will run for five seconds (which mine did). It said to repeat this until all the marks and signs in the LCD showed up simultaneously (which mine did) then closed the lens cover. I did all of that but still nothing. Any suggestions. I realize this is an old camera, but I REALLY like it and although I do have a digital camera, I still prefer using the 35mm at times.


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remove the battery and check that it is good. replace battery and open back door, close the door and it should run the motor / transport. if so, load film up to the drive sprocket being sure film will catch on the sprocket.
or move the latch holding back cover, and open the door fully. check the pressure plate on the door, gently pull the plate up a little to increase pressure on the film. bring the holding lever out toward the latch and close the door to lock the lever back to position.

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