Nikon FG dead???

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  1. cepwin

    cepwin Member

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    My Nikon FG arrived today but it seems to be "stuck"....like the mirrors locked up or something. I can't see though the viewfinder. I can't advance the film and when I press the shutter nothing happens. I replaced the battery (and tested it) so I don't think that's it. The lens comes seats and comes off properly. Thoughts? My gut feel is it isn't broken but something, most likely the mirror is "stuck" or locked up.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Les Sarile

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    Set the dial to M90 or B if it will release the mirror in the mechanical mode. If the camera advances and shoots then it is battery or electrical. If it doesn't work even then you have a mechanical issue.
     
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    Years ago I had one that had bad mirror foam thatkept the mirror up all the time.Set to m90 as the previous poster suggests,if the mirror releases check the foam.
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! That was it....I was able to take my first pix and the electronics appears to be working!
     
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    Good thing! A capable little camera, though you get the impression that the mirror is slow to swing up when you trip the shutter. Very different from the FM/FE.
     
  6. Steve Smith

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    One thing to remember about the FG is that if you are just playing around with it, the meter will not indicate properly until the frame counter is on 1. Nothing to do with the original problem you had but something to bear in mind.


    Steve.
     
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    Yes, that's faked me out also. But the FE/FE2 does the same sort of thing -- the meter doesn't work until you've wound to frame 1.
     
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    interesting tnx! a lot of litle tricks with these guys....btw I found a sb-15 on ebay < $20 shipped so I grabbed it.
     
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    If you don't already have one, get a copy of the manual. This one is a very good version -> Nikon_FG Manual
     
  10. cepwin

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    Tnx Les...I found one (actually at orphanCameras.com) and it has indeed been invaluable.