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oscar parcero Posted on May 15, 2007

Problems with the shutter of a FM

Hi, I am having troubles with the shutter of my FM. The thing is that after winding it after a shot, it sometimes fires again automatically, that way spoiling one frame -or even two, since sometimes it even does it twice in a row. I have no idea what the problem could be, since it may work fine for a long series of shots, and suddenly start doing the "automatic extra shot". Other times, it just keeps doing it almost at every shot -and most of the times this happens when I have film in it, so a 36 cartridge easily becomes a 20 for me!! any idea of what could be the problem and how could I try fixing it? I don't want to just taking the camera to fix, since it is not worth it. You know how film cameras have dropped prices these days, and for the money of having my FM fixed I could easily get a new one. The thing is, then, that I want to try and fix it myself. Any suggestion where to start? thanks!

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Those camera are repairable & still sought after. If you're interested in continuing to use a quality camera, I don't think you'll find a better camera for the cost of the repair. Take a look in the back of Popular Photography there's repair shops listed that do great work & better than most prices. Think its Modern Camera, or something like that. Be sure to get an estimate. As for suggestions on where to start? If you mean repairing the camera, this will be fun. To start you will need some very small screwdrivers, paperclip & perhaps a small hammer. I'm really good at taking them apart, but I've never put one back together.

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My Nikon FM has an issue where every-other time I advance the film the shutter mirror flips up and the shutter goes off. I can actually watch the mirror go up as I'm winding if I take the lens off

It sounds like your Nikon FM may be experiencing a mechanical issue with the shutter mechanism. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:
  1. Inspect the Film Advance Mechanism: Check the film advance lever and mechanism to ensure they are functioning properly. Make sure there are no obstructions or debris interfering with the movement of the advance lever.
  2. Check the Shutter Release Button: Inspect the shutter release button to see if it's sticking or malfunctioning. Sometimes, a stuck or sticky shutter release button can cause the shutter to fire unintentionally.
  3. Examine the Mirror Mechanism: Carefully inspect the mirror mechanism to see if there are any visible signs of damage or misalignment. If the mirror is flipping up unexpectedly, there may be an issue with the mechanism that controls its movement.
  4. Clean and Lubricate: If the camera hasn't been serviced in a while, it's possible that dirt, dust, or dried lubricant may be causing the issue. Consider cleaning the internal components of the camera and applying a small amount of appropriate lubricant to the moving parts (be cautious and follow proper procedures when lubricating a camera).
  5. Seek Professional Repair: If the issue persists after attempting basic troubleshooting, it's advisable to have the camera inspected and repaired by a qualified camera technician. They can diagnose the problem more accurately and perform any necessary repairs or adjustments to restore the camera to proper working condition.
  6. Use a Different Lens: Sometimes, issues with the lens can affect the camera's operation. Try using a different lens to see if the problem persists. If the issue only occurs with a specific lens, there may be a problem with that particular lens.
It's essential to handle the camera with care during troubleshooting, especially when accessing internal components. If you're unsure about performing any repairs or adjustments yourself, it's best to seek professional assistance to avoid causing further damage to the camera.
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Hi , I have a Canon AE-1 camera and I'm haviving a problem with the film advance lever . It seems to be stuck . It will not advance. Have you ever come across this problem before? Thanks ,John.

Canon AE-1 35mm SLR is a manual focus camera EOS is Canon's designation of auto focus EOS stands for Electro-Optical System. The problem you are experiencing is caused by several little things that throws the camera, wind and cocking leaver out of synchronization or simply come to the end of the roll. There is a frame counter window just to the left of the shutter release behind the shutter speed dial. Also if you have just loaded film in the camera it may not be seated correctly check by releasing the rewind button, wind the film back but not all the way and open the camera to restart the film.

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Film won't advance

Pentax ME Super was one of my favorite camera, small and clean shutter release. But it has been about 25 years since it was manufactured. They happen to use rubber break within shutter unit and as any rubbers, it started to deteriorate and melt between the shutter-blades. This prevents the complete cycle of the shutter and jams the winding. You may be able to unjam the winding but eventually you have to overhaul the shutter unit. Overhaul charge is around $100 in US repair market. -James
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I have two different lens one is stronger than the other.Sometimes I take the perfect picture then other times not so good.How do I know which lens to use for close up or i want a distant shot at a cl

Do you mean that, you press the shutter release once and the shutter stays open until you press the shutter release a second time. If so, check your shutter speed setting. If it is set to "T" (Timed Exposure) the camera is working correctly. Change your shutter speed to an appropriate setting, such as 1/125. If that does not solve the problem, you might need to take it in for repair.
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Shutter won't open

Hello

This does not sound good, it is probably the reflex mirror has fallen off of its pivots, it may or maynot be able to be re fitted.

Best thing is to try and find a repair agent to look at this.

From memory the best place to get Minolta fixed now in the uk is based in Bletchley in Milton Keynes, sorry cannot remember the name of the company
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It sounds like there is a problem with the frame counter in the film back itself. Try operating the camera with the back removed and on multi-exp to check the shutter functions.
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First shot after the camera is turned on is black.

Sorry for such a late response, so many questions here. It sounds like a problem with the shutter unit itself. Since Nikon started putting a motors inside the camera to do the advancing and winding, the shutter automatically it set in the charged state, ie ready to shoot, or cocked like a gun.

Since it isn't used for a while, the parts of the shutter tend to form an indentation. It causes the first frame to be blank since the first curtain of the shutter doesn't open before the second curtain has fired.

The fix is possible, but fairly expensive. Nikon will charge a bunch, if they still have parts. I would live with it, remembering that the first picture is blank. It the problem gets worse, it may be time to think of another unit with less mileage or an upgrade.
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FOCUS OUT OF WACK...big problems

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Change the mode to 'One Shot'. Press the AF-WB and turn the top dial to 'One Shot'.

2. Increase your depth of field. When shooting in Av try using f11. This should help with te out of focus people on the ends. Check your shutter speed as well. Good rule of thumb is to keep the shutter speed higher than the focal length of the lens. i.e. 100mm lens should have a shuter speed of 100+ for hand held shots. You may need to change the ISO speed to get the shutter speed in low light. Lternative is to use a tripod.

Hope this helps.
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Shutter wont fire, or auto focus

This sounds like mirror box motor problem ( see enclosed shot from our workshop ) : this cocks the shutter and controls mirror mechanism and when the drive dosnt work properly ( small nylon gear on the motor goes ) camera will develop the the sort of problems you describe.
Can be repaired but will cost $ 150-200 so it is relatively expensive repair.
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