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Video description of the problem: https://youtu.be/DdRkNx93_rc

Without pressing the shutter release button, the camera auto fires. The bottom curtain doesn't come up at all. Mirror is locked up too.

This problem happened like this:

  1. Shooting as normal, suddenly the shutter release button and the advance lever are stuck.

  2. Moving to M90 or B mode doesn't help.

  3. I had to open the bottom cover, and reset a metal arm to get the lever to release.
  4. After step 3, the camera started auto firing.

My question: Given the price for this body is quite low on the internet, is it possible to fix it myself so I don't have to send it to a repair shop?

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It sounds like what you did inside the bottom cover only solved half your problem. You can now advance the film, but the shutter button (or linkage between the button and the shutter) seems to still be stuck in the "fire" position.

Given the price for this body is quite low on the internet, is it possible to fix it myself so I don't have to send it to a repair shop?

That being the case, why not just buy another used FE? You seem to be mechanically inclined enough to be able to take advantage of the fact that with two FEs you would have a parts camera to keep one of them working.

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    I ended up getting another one from eBay. I don't have the skills and tools to do the expected - I'm at the state of stripping screws when I try to open the case. Thanks for the opinion though. – Xiao Apr 12 '16 at 3:33

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