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    I thought it would be Polaroid too ....Send if for a CLA and a repair man can let you know what exactly is going on.
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Yes, a CLA is necessary.. I had a Nikon F3 with this problem years ago---was a dirty shutter magnet or something like that. The problem occurred after the camera had set idle for a couple of years.

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    I also vote for a shutter problem. I touched the speed dial on my IIIf while it took a picture and the result was almost identical.

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    I was talking with an old retired pro-photographer a while back. He was showing off a new (old) camera, he was having the similar issue.

    It was his finger.

    The lens was shorter than what he was used to and allowed his index and middle fingers to get in front and vignette the shot.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    Yes, it's a horizontal shutter. And it would make sense that it would become noticeable when I'm shooting outside, in the cold, at faster shutter speeds. Hopefully I can continue to shoot with this camera and avoid using faster shutter speeds, because I doubt I could afford to get this fixed, but I like it so much.

    Thank you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmacdonald View Post
    Yes, it's a horizontal shutter. And it would make sense that it would become noticeable when I'm shooting outside, in the cold, at faster shutter speeds. Hopefully I can continue to shoot with this camera and avoid using faster shutter speeds, because I doubt I could afford to get this fixed, but I like it so much.

    Thank you all.
    This is a relatively common issue called "capping". This is where the first shutter curtain becomes slow enough that the second curtain overtakes it. Cleaning and lubricating the camera is the best idea, but there is another way that may work;
    Without film of course, cycle the camera many times, by cocking the shutter and firing it through all the speeds. Maybe 100 to 200 times. This may loosen up the old lubricant and the shutter may function once again....for a while.

    Best to have a CLA.

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    Send the camera to Michael Spencer. He does exellent CLA's on olympus cameras and it cost no more than 50 pounds.

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    your camera is attempting to capture an image of the APUG parallel universe. if you put the negative in a viewer backwards and drink 4 or 5 shots of tequila you will begin to see the image. make sure you are sitting down because what you see might shock you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1234 View Post
    It looks to me like the leading shutter curtain is quickly slowing to a halt at exposure time. Perhaps a bent metal guide edge? Is the effect precisely the same at all speeds?
    Most likely the springs in the curtain rollers need to be adjusted. This is done as part of a CLA.
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    Could just be the cold weather. Try a roll inside the house through a window and see if it does it.
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