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Shutter release button (not hearing that "click")

I have yet to take pictures with my Holga 120 CFN. Recently put batteries in it to see how the flashes look, awesome. I picked it up today and pulled the shutter release button and I don't hear that nice clicking noise. I noticed inside there is a silver wire that seems to not be moving how it was when I first opened it. I'm assuming this is what makes the clicking. I don't know much about the mechanics of a camera, even a simple on like this. I hope this is reparable or neglible in the taking of photos. It seems the shutter is not quite "releasing" or something.

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Same happened to me, i tooke it to this nice place to repair and they charge me 10 usd. But it has to be someone that WANT'S to repair it, because i tokk it to other places, they took a look at it and say there are no spare parts and didn't want to doit.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2009

    Those wires go off all the time, try this you migth want someone eperienced in clocks or mecanic cameras to help you.

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