|Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:23 pm Post subject:
|Seems like i have the same problem as you. I can get the lens to come out, and i can load film. However i cannot get the shutter to click. At best i can manually advance the film sprocket (the one with the teeth on the right side) and i see a lever extend to drive a small white plastic cam counter clockwise into the lens assembly, and i press the shutter and get a weak sounding click and spooz sound.
I really don't want to take the camera apart, if i just blow the heck out of it with canned air, where do you suggest that i aim the straw of the canned air into?
|So a bit of an update-
I opened the camera up to see what was wrong, and the first thing I can tell you is that this camera is SOLID. The engineering & packaging work is really incredible.
There are only a few screws which hold the camera together, and surprisingly, two of them are the contacts for the external flash. Once you have the screws out, the camera halves won't budge. I'm confident that you could use it like this for months without even noticing that the screws are missing. There are a few hidden snaps, and then with some persuasion, the halves will separate. Oh, and the sliding cover over the rewind switch on the top has to come off first.
Once you have the halves off, the camera will go SPROINGGGG and a sprinkling of tiny pieces will become lost forever, and others will move into positions that will take hours to figure out where they should have gone. Agfa sort of thought of this, and I can advise that if you open the camera with the viewfinder cover OPEN (and the lens extended), then things will hold together better and it will be much easier to put back together. There is a tiny tiny tiny roller in the viewfinder cover switch assembly that will fall out, and due to the mechanical/electrical interlocks, the camera will be 100% useless without it. DO NOT LOSE THIS PIECE! It is not immediately obvious that it is missing, just that you put it all together and nothing works.
Ok, so with the camera apart, I started tracing the shutter button assembly, only to find that it is a mechanical linkage that disappears to somewhere deep inside the camera. I couldn't reach the actual switch, and further disassembly of the camera was quite daunting, so I elected to just blast it with air to see if it was a dust issue. To my delight, it was!
I put the camera back together, and waited for the next day to test it out with some film.