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Shutter problems like several others on this forum i seem to have shutter wont open problems. it twitches and vary occasionaly works, when the shutter release is pressed. it was fine several years ago when i put it into storage. but as luck would have it, when preparing it for my daughters A-level course it's failed me :-( from reading this forum it sound likely it's a worn shutter motor drive cog? with a second hand model csoting approx £25 on e-bay, do you have any tips on self-repair (nothing to lose?), rather than expensive proffesional repair. i was mech/engineer in a previous life, so have a bit of tech knowlege. do you need specialist tools? can you get the spare parts easily/cheap? would really appreciate any help, thanks... Sean

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  • seanbaker Dec 09, 2008

    The camera is a Pentax MZ50. i tried new batteries, and the contacts are ok. In fact i've had it in lots of bits, trying to locate the shutter drive gear, as i'm told it might be stripped (common problem with this model). but no luck i couldn't locate it, without a service manual / diagram. I've pretty much given up with it, and as there seem to be several on e-bay for £25-ish, i'll probaly buy a second-hand replacement.

    unless anyone has any other suggestions or a diagram i can view... it will be going for scrap shortly.

    thanks for trying anyway.

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Sean baker,
If the camera was working when you stored it and the shutter fires occasionally, it's probably battery corrosion. Clean the contacts with a pencil eraser,or contact cleaner tool.
What kind of camera ?

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