I thought about that too Doug. But I don't think the shutter is open. I have unmounted the lens and I can see the curtain with the metering pattern, and the cloth on the back and everything. Looks like I'll have to take it for surgery.
Repairs don't seem to be cheap, are they? I might have to pay up a signifcant percentage of the camera's price
for what I'm guessing is not a major problem. I don't know if I should conclude that something was already wrong with the camera when I bought it (only a week or two back) or something happened just now. If it's the former I can at least be really mad
Series of unfortunate events (did I hear that somewhere?) occuring these days. I'm just back from a trip to the hills in Tennessee/NC. The big and heavy SQAi I carried with me started acting up. First, the AE prism finder just kept showing that dratted 'err' and it was the first time I was using the metered finder so I didn't know the usual causes (read don't bother to read manuals). After a lot of banging the head against tree stumps, I figured out that the lens was not properly mounted. Somehow, it had got free of the bayonet engagement and still seemed to be firmly in place. So I thought to myself, we missed some but we'll still get some. Then, the shutter just refused to fire! Couldn't figure that out at all. Still had the F3 so I got some shots after all. Looks like it's conspiring to be the only camera on the shelf. If things keep going this way, it very well may be.
However, something (past experience and profound knowledge of the self) tells me it's all user error
. I just had to rant.