Shutter locked and can't see anything from viewfinder

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Joseph Meehan, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. This is a tough one. Is it a power wind camera?

    A little careful movement of the shutter release, rewind mechanism
    manual wind mechanism DOF preview button, self-timer, aperture settings,
    etc. may free it up. You may also try removing the lens and nudge the
    mirror up or down a little. Be careful with all of these attempts,
    especially the mirror.
    Joseph Meehan, Feb 27, 2005
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  2. Hi,

    I am using my Nikon N70 for years and no problem. But last night when I
    try to shoot some pics, the batteries were "near to gone". I remembered
    the shutter was somewhat locked out. This morning I replaced with the
    new batteries and the shutter is still locked and I can't anything from
    the viewfinder. What is wrong and how I can fix it?

    Thanks for advice.

    jingweizhang2004, Feb 27, 2005
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  3. Joseph Meehan

    Alan Browne Guest

    By "can't anything from the viewfinder." do you mean it is blocked/blacked out,
    or just the electronic display is off?

    Remove the lens and batteries.

    If the mirror is up, attempt to (( G E N T L Y )) hook it down. Use all
    precautions and AVOID touching the shutter curtain at all.

    Put the lens back on.

    Open and shut the film door (in total darkenss if there is film loaded.)

    Leave the camera without batteries overnight.

    Try again.

    If it doesn't work, go buy a Minolta Maxxum/Dynax 5 and get on with life.

    Alan Browne, Feb 27, 2005
  4. Joseph Meehan

    jw Guest

    Thanks. I am really new to fixing these things but I will try. The
    viewfinder is blocked and blacked out. I have taken out the film. I am
    taking out the batteries and will leave the camera without batteries
    overnight. Then I will try other options you guys mentioned.

    jw, Feb 27, 2005
  5. An alternative to leaving the camera without batteries overnight is to
    remove the batteries, and then short out the battery contacts in the
    camera...This discharges any capacitors that might be charged up in the
    internal electronics of the camera without having to wait overnight. This
    procedure can be used to, "reset" many electronic devices.......
    William Graham, Feb 27, 2005
  6. I'm so sad for you.....
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 27, 2005
  7. Joseph Meehan

    Sander Vesik Guest

    I have seen the same thing in Nikon F65. What happens is that the mirror
    *locks* in the up position. You can easily see this when you take the
    lens off. Set the camera in the manual metering mode, select something
    and "take" a picture. Should fix it.

    Its a stupid bug that Nikon should fix - no, have fixed - ages ago.
    Sander Vesik, Mar 1, 2005
  8. The bug is not peculiar to Nikon and I thank it for getting me an
    Olympus OM2 system at auction a couple of years ago for $32 for the
    camera with motor drive, 50mm 1.8 Zuiko lens, and dedicated flash- all
    because the batteries had died and left the mirror locked up and no one
    else in the audience knew the camera was really in perfect working
    condition. I like that bug!
    Michael Weinstein, Mar 1, 2005
  9. Joseph Meehan

    jw Guest

    Thanks for all the posting. I took the batteries out last night and it
    still locked. So I think I have to do some mechanical work like you
    guys suggested. Since I am really new to this so please keep posting
    any detailed procedure regarding how to solve this problem. If there is
    any Web site has camera repair info please let me know.



    jw, Mar 1, 2005
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