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    What's wrong with my camera?

    I just shot my first roll on my new Nikon FE and the amount of each frame overtaken by blackness linearly increases as you go down the sequence of frames on the roll, which is why some photos have a little while others are completely black. Only two frames out of the whole roll came out without it, and only 12 came out with anything visible on it at all. I know it isn't an exposure issue because a handful of them just have a sliver of perfectly exposed stuff peeking form behind the blackness.

    Someone suggested that the second shutter could be out of sync with the first curtain, the repair of which would surpass the cost of a new one. Just thought I'd get your input as well.
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    sure looks like a failing shutter...

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    Agreed

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    If the camera hasn't been used for a very long time exercise the heck out of the shutter and see if this loosens things up. If that doesn't work it might make a cool doorstop.
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    The black bits are not getting exposed at all. There are several ways that could happen but they all come from the curtains not moving smoothly through their travel. As Eric said, using the shutter might free it up - this worked with my Exa which had this problem. Spend a while dry firing the shutter a few hundred times and then try another film.

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    If it was a Canon EOS 30, it would be caused by the foam dampening rotting and getting on the blades. Any sign of gunk on the shutter blades?

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    Spares for the Nikon FE were stopped at least 15-20 years ago and what there are around now will not be for a shutter. It may be possible to get the camera serviced and the problem cleared but this may be in excess of the value of the camera itself.

    My guess is the camera has NEVER been serviced and like all mechanical things that are not checked over they will eventually fail but can be rejuvenated after a good clean out and lubrication. Bear in mind your camera is at least 30 years old now. Imagine what a car would be like if it hadn't been serviced in 30 years!!!

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    However, today only, if you act now, a complete Nikon FE parts body (with working shutter) is available for $15, here!

    Coincidental...serendipitous...almost like a meteor strike!

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    You might want to check out: http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com/ They can probably give you an estimate by phone. May just need a cla. I have used them and they have done a good job. All depends on what you want to put into a camera.
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    Take off the lens and fire the shutter, look at the mirror's action. Is it rising all the way to the top? Before the shutter travels? Open the back and, with the lens removed fire the shutter observing the action at various speeds. Point the camera at a well lit blank white wall for these tests. This should tell you if it is the mirror not getting out of the way soon enough or, if it is the first shutter segment dragging, allowing the second segment to catch up and end the exposure.

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