Nikkormat ftn shutter issues

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Nicklas, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Nicklas

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    Hi

    First of all, english is not my mother tongue so bear with me
    if any misspellings or funny grammar appears :wink:
    I just bought a Nikkormat ftn and it got some shutter issues.
    The problem is when I press the release button the shutter stays open until I
    release it (like it was in bulb mode) and as soon as I release it I can hear the timer starts ticking.
    To make use of the shutter speeds I needs to use the self timer which is kinda
    inconvenient when you try to catch the moment.
    Do anybody knows anything about this problem ?
     
  2. John Koehrer

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    If the camera releases using the self timer, it suggests a linkage that is sticking or mis-adjusted. I'd think that a CLA would fix it.
     
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    Before the CLA, i would also suggest to keep using it for a little bit (gently) shooting blanks (with no film) just to see if it will work itself out. It probably sat for a little while before you started using it again.
     
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    Please don't whatever you do try and fix the shutter yourself, the Copal Square type shutters they have in Nikkormats come out unravel and look like metal spaghetti if mess about with them, when I used to sell them customers used to bring them back to the shop like that when they had prodded them with their fingers, pencils or other sharp objects.
     
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  5. Nicklas

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    Thanks for the help.
    Well I ended up returning the camera mostly because I found another one in mint condition for a better price and because the seller did not mention problem.
    Otherwise I think it would been a interesting time to find and fix the problem.