camera bag fell, now shutter is stuck on Bronica SQAM

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Nancy Giroux, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. Nancy Giroux

    Nancy Giroux Member

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    My camera bag fell off of a wall onto hard pavement. Now, it seems that the leaf shutter is stuck closed on my 80mm lens. I can't advance the film by pressing the shutter release. I can't remove the lens either. If anyone has any suggestions for me, I would certainly appreciate it.
    Thanks so much!
    Nancy
     
  2. Donald Miller

    Donald Miller Member

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    I don't know of any way to manually release the leaf shutter on a Bronica. I don't know that this will help but have you checked to see that the battery is still in place? Have you tried to depth of field preview? Perhaps that will allow the leaf shutter to release. Beyond that, I think it may be time for the repair person.
     
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    OUCH!

    All may not be lost...

    What may have happened is that the lens might have fired because of the fall, but NOT the body. Take off the back and lock the mirror up. Look through the body at the back of the lens mount and see if the ring with the two pins has roated counter clockwise. If it has, take a small object, like a pen, and CAREFULLY try to rotate them clockwise until they stop and see if that lets you get the lens off.

    I don't have myu Bronica's with me at the moment, but if you're still having problems, I can try to duplicate your situation (without the drop) when I get home.
     
  4. Nancy Giroux

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    Thanks so much for replying. I'm checking out of a hotel in NYC and will be back in Boston tonight. I'll try your suggestions and let you know if I have any success.
    Thanks Again!
    Nancy
     
  5. Nancy Giroux

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    Well, I let my husband at the camera and now all it lost. LOL. I just checked out KEH and I can buy a whole kit for $279.00 (bargain). I'll get the lens I lost, the body, a prism, and a 220 film back. It just didn't seem to be worth it to try to fix it.
    Thanks again for your help and Happy New Year!
    Nancy
     
  6. dschneller

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    Ouch! Sorry to hear it's toast Nancy.
     
  7. Nancy Giroux

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    Aww thanks so much. I'm happy to say I got my new kit and everything looks good.
    Nancy
     
  8. SuzanneR

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    Can't wait to see some photos from it in the gallery, Nancy!! :smile:
     
  9. Nancy Giroux

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    Thanks Suzanne!