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  1. #1
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    Cannot see through viewfinder

    I have an old Manual 35mm Nikon FE2. Batteries are not in it and there is no film in it. Shouldn't I still be able to see through the viewfinder?


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  2. #2
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Yes... Unless the mirror is locked or jammed in the UP position... If the mirror is UP then you won't be able to see thru the viewfinder. It should NOT be UP...

  3. #3
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    You should. The mirror or shutter might be stuck.
    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8,
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty.

  4. #4
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    OK...
    1. Mirror up mode, As said it requires 2 shutter presses to cancel. The mirror up mode button is the second one down from the top to the left of the LCD screen. Check that it is not on
    2. Live View. The live view button appears to be near the top of the right side of the rear LCD screen. When you are in live view, the eye piece is black and the picture on the rear LCD will move as you move the camera.

    Check these first. It is possible you are pressing those buttons without knowing it, especially if you press the camera firmly into your face when you look thru the eyepiece. Don't ask how I know
    Do you have a user manual? If not download one. They can be confusing but are very helpful
    Thanks/Like Roy1961 Thanks/liked this post
     
    Vixen
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    Nikon D750
    Nikkor 24 - 120mm lens
    Nikkor 105mm macro lens
    Tamron 150-600mm zoom

  5. #5
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    @Marilynne. Maybe Steph's question should be moved to a film camera thread?
    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, SB-800. RIP-D100
    Sigma 150-600mm DG Contemporary, Sigma 50-150mm f2.8, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8,
    Nikkor Nifty-Fifty.

  6. #6
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Welcome to the forum
    Mike



    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

    Nikon Z50,Nikon16-50MM,Nikon50-250MM,FTZ Adapter
    Sigma 100-400, Sigma 105mm macro
    Nikon V2,10-30MM,30-110MM FT1 Adapter













  7. #7
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    You know you may get better responses if you start a new thread rather than tacking on one from 1013!
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  8. #8
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    You know you may get better responses if you start a new thread rather than tacking on one from 1013!
    Wow 1013
    Mike



    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

    Nikon Z50,Nikon16-50MM,Nikon50-250MM,FTZ Adapter
    Sigma 100-400, Sigma 105mm macro
    Nikon V2,10-30MM,30-110MM FT1 Adapter













  9. #9
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Wow 1013
    Oh bugger!! I thought it was a new post. Well.... that was a waste of time
    Thanks/Like mikew Thanks/liked this post
     
    Vixen
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    Nikkor 24 - 120mm lens
    Nikkor 105mm macro lens
    Tamron 150-600mm zoom

  10. #10
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    Re: Cannot see through viewfinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Steph View Post
    I have an old Manual 35mm Nikon FE2. Batteries are not in it and there is no film in it. Shouldn't I still be able to see through the viewfinder?
    Remove the lense. This will tell you if the problem is in the body. It is rare but you could have a broken apatite blade. Every time I have the problem I just remove the lense cap.





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