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    Quote Originally Posted by luke_h View Post
    I mean I understand how the shutter works. I've got a few other cameras that use a similar vertical curtain (Yashica TL Electro X, Voigtlander R2A, my DSLRs, Nikon N80)

    Just none of them do what you're describing. They all open up a full white frame at 1/1000th.
    No, they don't, unless there's something wrong with the shutter. They may appear to be a full white frame, but at 1/1000th the shutter is a fairly narrow slit. Using a flash on single burst will verify this.
    Except my Pentax Spotmatic which also does not work at 1/500th and 1/1000th. It has a horizontal cloth shutter though, but the effect is the same.
    It will be with any focal plane shutter above maximum sync. speed.

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    The specs say a 1/125 for flash.
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    And based on 1/125 X sync a horizontal FP shutter has a 36mm wide slit, 1/250 is an 18mm wide slit, 1/500 is a 9mm wide slit and 1/1000 is 4.5mm wide. Adjust the slit widths proportionately for a 24mm vertical FP shutter. Human eyes are very easily deceived.

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    I'm developing as I type this.. I tested my Voigtlander R2A at 1/1000th and you see a full white rectangle when firing the flash as opposed to a 1/8" frame of light on the Nikon. Place your bets

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke_h View Post
    I'm developing as I type this.. I tested my Voigtlander R2A at 1/1000th and you see a full white rectangle when firing the flash as opposed to a 1/8" frame of light on the Nikon. Place your bets
    It has to do with flash after all?!!?

    Let's see: Nikon FM has 1/125 flash sync. Using flash at 1/1000 should expose about 1/8 of the frame.
    Sound familiar?

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    I'm not sure why shutter sync speed matters since I'm not using a flash. I'm basing my experience off of working cameras I own versus broken cameras I own.

    OK, so it looks like I was correct in my assumptions. Now who do I send it to?



    Full size for your enjoyment:

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/...fa692095_o.jpg

    The problem starts at 1/250th of a second and gets worse as things speed up. Otherwise, the camera is working and looks nice.

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    Luke, you are confusing the issue by using words like "sync" and "flash". Title and post 14 for example.
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    I don't know the technical terms past "broken" which is exactly what I assumed this camera was.

    Now proven visually with evidence. In post 14 I mistyped.. I meant to say

    you see a full white rectangle when firing the shutter
    It works fine up to 1/125th second. Here's a photo made in the back yard at 1/125th.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/...c4c27131_b.jpg

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    So if the pictures you show in post# 16 are taken in regular light, not flash, there is a problem. Maybe the mirror is hanging up.

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    Yes. So now we're back to post #1 where I asked who fixes Nikon SLRs.

    I don't have the skill to open up the body and fix it myself. I read through the repair manual and it's above my head.

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