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Re: Repair of a Fuji 35mm Model DL400 camera
clean all the battery contacts and be sure the batteries are good. use enough film leader so that the drive sprocket can grab the film when the film door is closed. there are no new parts for this model fuji.
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The most common cause is that you didn't load the film correctly.
Hold the camera up to the light with the lens off and the back open. C0ck the shutter ready to fire and press the shutter release as you look through the camera towards a light source. If you see light briefly appear then the shutter is working and you would get some kind of image on the film, even if the shutter was wildly inaccurate. If there's no light, then repeat at all shutter speeds. If you see nothing then the shutter assembly is faulty and the camera effectively becomes a spare part donor as it's not a cost effective repair. If there is some sign of life then the camera probably just needs a good CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). Again, not really cost effective, but you do end up with a solid and reliable camera for many more years.
Faulty film loading even catches out experienced photographers, we've all done it. In future, after you load and wind-on the film, check that the rewind crank turns counter clockwise each time you wind the film on to the next shot (you may have to turn the crank clockwise, gently, to take up any slack first).
1) With no film in the camera, take out the lens. 2) Open the back cover and aim the camera towards light source ( not the Sun) and trip the shutter at the different shutter speeds while looking at the shutter curtains. 3) If you see the light, the shutter is running. 4) If the shutter is running, film might not be threaded properly to the film take up reel.
If you can not wind and release the shutter, the film release button will not come up. If you can not trip the shutter, by replacing the mirror release magnet at the bottom will usually fix the problem.
open the film door and check the shutter blades. did you accidentally push the blades in when loading the film? if so take the camera to a camera repair shop, the technician may be able to reset the blades while you wait.
or send it to pentax repair center for an estimate cost to repair.
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.