Hi everyone, thanks. The shutter fires correctly at all speeds. 1/250 sounds right, 4 seconds sounds right (give or take). I don't usually shoot in auto, but regardless of what brightness range I'm pointing at, regardless of whether the camera is loaded with film or not, the needle doesn't move. It doesn't have the standard screen, but I didn't change it - it came that way. In any event, it looks like a busted meter (I know I could still use it with an external meter, but who wants to do that with 35mm?). I've had such poor luck with cameras recently I think I might bite the bullet and spring for repairs on both cameras. I am, after all, in the land of Nikon.