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    F2A Strange problem

    I've owned a F2A for 25+yrs and it has been trouble free for all that time. Except recently it has started to produce a fault. Only when it is used on a tripod with a cable release (nikon). Then I get I thin line ( about .25mm) of overexposure on the far left edge of the frame. This is when viewed from the emulsion side. I've tried the cable release on a FM and that is fine. It is annoying becuase I like to print fullframe with a thin keyline masked down from the rebate. Any thoughts?

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    Dave, from your description, the shutter may be dragging. It is probably time for a Professional CLA (Clean, Lubricate and Adjust).
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    Shutter bounce will also cause overexposure on one edge.
    There's an internal brake mechanism that is supposed to keep the shutter from bouncing back like that. It should be done as part of a CLA, but when you take it in BRING A NEGATIVE TO SHOW THE PROBLEM.
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    Thanks to both John and Tom. I did describe the problem to my local repair shop and they couldn't understand why it only happened with the cable release and not when being handheld. looks like a CLA is the way to go. Thanks again.

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    I am just theorizing, but this tri-pod specific problem may have to do with a shutter speed that you are more likely to use while mounted rather than handheld? I also have had a cable release that "stuck" in some cameras but not in others, but it was hardly a high qaulity item - not the case here.
    Just thinking out loud - hope you get this licked soon!

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    Good theory about the shutter speed.

    Sounds like a CLA is in order. Mechanical cameras need them occasionally. The F2A is a good enough camera that it's worth the cost, and you'll be able to use the camera for many more years without worry.

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    Thanks to Jim and Pete. Good theory about the longer exposures when on the tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson
    Dave, from your description, the shutter may be dragging. It is probably time for a Professional CLA (Clean, Lubricate and Adjust).
    Where would be a good place to get a CLA done on an F2? I have heard that Nikon no longer services older film cameras. Are there any trustworthy places out there?

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    KEH does repairs. They seem to be reputable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron
    Where would be a good place to get a CLA done on an F2? I have heard that Nikon no longer services older film cameras. Are there any trustworthy places out there?
    OK, Nikonphiles, come out of the shadows! I recall a thread here that was pretty much this exact question - I did a search, but can't find it! There was a slew of shops and individuals in there that had enough credentials and reccomendations to do open heart surgery blind folded! And all over the continent(s).
    Anyone recall where/what it was?
    Sorry, wish I could help more!

    Peter.

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