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I have a nikon FG, the old fashion kind not a digital, that has a frozen shutter. It clicked once and went to black and now won't release. I'd love to take this camera out of town wiht me....HELP!!!!

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Turn the speed dial to the M90 or B setting. That will complete the release cycle for the camera. Neither of those settings require battery power. You probably need new ones. Clean the cap surface and the contact in the camera with a pencil eraser to make sure you get good contact. Install the batteries so the positive side faces up in the cap. Use two 1.5 volt S76 or A76 cells. The single cell 3 volt lithium is not recommended.

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