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Since it's a film camera, there are a couple of things to check:
1. You have left the lens cap on.
2. If this is a single lens reflex camera, take the lens off and make sure that the mirror isn't stuck in the "up" position. If it is, GENTLY pull it down until it stays down. At this point, your shutter may be open. Try cocking the shutter again, fire off a test shot, and see if the mirror sticks in the up position. If it does, you probably need to replace the mirror bumper foam - age can make foam deteriorate into a gooey, tar-like substance that can make the mirror stick in the up position.
3. Does the camera have a T (for Time) setting on the shutter speed dial? If so, turn it off the Time setting and set it to a manual shutter speed such as 1/60 - or whatever your 'X' synch speed is.
4. Your batteries died in mid-exposure. Replace the batteries. You may have enough juice in them to show the viewfinder display, but not enough to finish the exposure and close the shutter.
I just checked my SF-1, and the mirror will go through four cycles while
trying to load the film. You should be able to hear the mirror go up
and down when you open the back and close it, then turn the camera on. I
cannot get my SF-1 to keep the mirror up. Check to see if you have the
mode set to bulb, and that the shutter release isn't stuck down - that
will keep the mirror up until you release the shutter button or turn the
Also look carefully inside the lens mount on the side nearest the red
dot. at the horizontal spot there is an internal button. It should be at
the bottom of the track it runs in, about 1/3 of the way from the screw
below the red dot to the lens release button. That moves up when the
mirror goes up, and down when it comes down. If it is in the up
position, you could perhaps try to gently move it downwards. It
definitely moves up and down with the mirror on my SF-1.
Make sure the mirror lockup switch is not activated. Take lens off camera, look inside camera through lens mount and make sure mirror is in down position. When the morror is up, it blocks everything in viewfinder.
1.Most SLRs have the same problem.The paste which used to fix the reflection mirror with the metallic plate is usually rubber based, So there is a chance to the mirror to slide from its original position to down due to gravity.And particularly when you focus close ups the lens extends backward and the lens struck the mirror Positioning the mirror to its original position will solve your problem. 2.May be your camera batteries weak check it for its operating voltage.
Hi, check the camera set in auto /manually in auto function, check battery might drain the current , dis engage camera to lense to release the mirror by pressing button beside lense , turn lense in left or right .
When you say you put in a new roll of film, did the camera advance the film with the mirror locked up?
Have you tried triggering the shutter few times to release the mirror?
If that doesn't work, open the back of the camera. Turn the film take up spool in one direction...that should release the mirror down.
Turn it also in the opposite direction.
If that doesn't work, reach inside the lens mount opening and pull the mirror (very very gently) down. Don't force it down if it doesn't want to go.
Sometimes that releases the mechanism that freezes from sitting idle for too long.
It is always a good idea to take the camera out and triger few frames every couple of months to keep things lubricated.
Let me know if that fixes it.
Could be 1 of two things:
1. Mirror linkage failed.
2. Something is holding the mirror; sticky foam or the lubrication has dried out.
Remove the lens, use slow shutter speed to release the shutter. While mirror is stuck in the up position, very gently pull down on the front edge of the mirror. If it frees up immediately it was stuck on the foam. Might be able to see a mark on edge of mirror from the foam. Hope this helps.