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I bought a FA  brand new back in the 80's used for years until I made the switch to digital. I removed the batteries and store it my dresser draw. I actually sold the camera and they returned it saying it did not work. It worked perfectly when I stored it. Now I installed new batteries and the film advance will not cock. The shutter button moves up and down freely and everything else seem to work. I put on a 35-135 Nikon manual focus lens that I used to use on that camera and when I look through the view finder it is very dark. I can see through it but it is dark. Any suggestions on what is wrong with it.

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Does it release the film advance if you fire it on M250? M250 is the only mechanical shutter speed in the FA. All other are battery dependent.

If that works, you probably have oxidized battery contacts. Try to clean them using de-oxit gold or something equivalent. 

 

Does the meter work?



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Does it release the film advance if you fire it on M250? M250 is the only mechanical shutter speed in the FA. All other are battery dependent.

If that works, you probably have oxidized battery contacts. Try to clean them using de-oxit gold or something equivalent. 

 

Does the meter work?

No it does not. As I said the shutter button goes all the down. I removed the batteries  when I stored it and saw no corrosion when I installed new batteries. I can't tell if the meter is working because it is very dark. Thank You for your comment.



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I bought a FA brand new back in the 80's used for years until I made the switch to digital. I removed the batteries and store it my dresser draw. I actually sold the camera and they returned it saying it did not work. It worked perfectly when I stored it. Now I installed new batteries and the film advance will not cock. The shutter button moves up and down freely and everything else seem to work. I put on a 35-135 Nikon manual focus lens that I used to use on that camera and when I look through the view finder it is very dark. I can see through it but it is dark. Any suggestions on what is wrong with it.
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Alcap

The first thing I'd try to do is see if you can pull the mirror down. Use a wooded toothpick and don't force it. I've seen on some cameras where the mirror foam gets sticky as it degrades and keeps the mirror stuck in the up position preventing the completion of the cycle. If the mirror comes down, check if the foam is sticky and if so, you'll need to replace it. If it does come down, try to then cock the shutter. If it stuck up and doesn't come down with a light pull, then something more severe is wrong.

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