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Is it possible to fix the latch on the opening to the film casing on this camera? It is 22 years old, and the local camera shop near my home said they don't make the part for it anymore. Thank you.

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Since it would be difficult to acquire parts to fix the latch of your camera, I suggest that you improvise in a way that it would keep the latch firmly closed and it would be easy to open when you need to remove the film. One suggestion is to buy Velcro in a hardware store and place it near the camera's latch to securely keep it shut.
Hope this helps.

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