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Pentax super 100 35 mm camera shutter is stuck

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Gabe529; This doesn't appear to be a digital camera, so this can't be a problem generic to all digitals! This is a film camera. Have you tried new batteries? Have you checked your battery polarity in the camera? Have you taken your film out and wound the take-up lever once or twice, or will it not advance? There are many situations where a 35mm camera shutter won't work. We may provide a better answer if your post could be more specific (i.e. what were you doing before the shutter quit - loading film, taking a snapshot, checking shutter release while the back is open?) Hope this helps somewhat.  

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