Question about Pentax K1000 35mm SLR Camera
Presuming the lens cap is off, does the camera function normally in other ways, or has it jammed? If it's jammed, then the mirror tensioning lever (cocking lever) has probably slipped of it's catch lever (trigger). That can happen if the camera is dropped or jarred after it's wound and ready to shoot.
The repair requires no new parts and only takes a few minutes, but it does require removing the bottom cover. It's quite simple to someone who knows the cameras; however there are a lot of little parts in there so it can be a daunting task for a first timer or someone with limited mechanical skills.
Surf the net and you will find downloadable copies of the Pentax K1000 Service Manual. Here's one site: http://www.robertstech.com/manuals.htm. Scroll down the page a ways until you see some available service manuals. Click on the K1000 Service Manual.
Read pages 8 thru 10, starting with "Removing the Bottom Cover". You will need a couple of small, jeweler's screw drivers, one Phillips to remove the bottom cover's screws, and one straight to carefully pry off the E-clip that retains the Catch Lever. A small needle nose pliers may also be helpful for removing and replacing the E-clip.
Remove the bottom cover, remove the E-clip retaining the Catch Lever, remove the Catch Lever far enough that the Mirror Tension Lever can be moved back to where it belongs (the shutter will probably fire when you do that... that's okay), replace the Catch Lever, replace the E-Clip, replace the bottom, go take pictures.
Posted on Oct 28, 2008
You have the lens cap on.
Posted on Oct 20, 2008
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