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Vivitar series 1 440PZ it will not take a picture or it might take the picture and then not wind film and batteries are new

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  • bgewing Nov 17, 2008

    I DID NOT PAY TO BE TOLD HOW LONG IT'S BEEN GOING ON AND THEN YOU NEED TO BRING IT TO AN EXPERT. THOUGHT THAT IS WHY I WAS HERE.
    THE PROBLEM STARTED LAST SPRING. I DID NOT TRY TO USE IT AGAIN UNTIL I JUST POSTED FOR HELP. THIS IS NOT A DIGITAL CAMERA IT IS A 35MM. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME TO KIDS. THE CAMERA WILL NOT SNAP A PHOTO WHEN THE BUTTON IS PRESSED. IF YOU KEEP TRYING THE PHOTO MIGHT BE TAKEN BUT IT WILL NOT WIND FORWARD. IF YOU TRY TAKING ANOTHER PHOTO IT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT TAKE. THEN IT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT WIND FORWARD. THE CAMERA IS A 35MM VIVITAR SERIES 1 440PZ

  • bgewing Nov 17, 2008

    CLEANING THE BATTER AREA DIDN'T WORK IT WAS SPOTLESS INSIDE.

  • bgewing Nov 17, 2008

    IF I HAD BROUGHT IT TO A SPECIAL LIST I WOULDN'T BE HERE. THE CAMERA DOES TURN OFF AND ON. IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY TURN ITSELF OFF. THE ZOOM WORKS JUST FINE.

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The winding mechanism and shutter is either stuck or broken, plus the cogs that grab and wind the film is somehow defective possibly one of the teeth have broken off of the cogs, if you don't want take the camera to a shop them you must locate the problem yourself and try to fix it, amybe a bit of grease will come in handy

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Have you tried the first solution?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

  • zabrina liang Nov 18, 2008

    Hi...I'm sorry all this happened. How long have you had this camera? If only the batteries are the new part, then I'm afraid this camera is a gonner.

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The socket where the battery is inserted clean that socket and again insert the battery and then check out.

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How long has this problem been occurring. Are you trying to fix this yourself? Most likely you will want to have it serviced by a professional. I can assist you in locating one once I get more information from you.
Thanks,
Lee

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    Lee A. Nov 17, 2008

    That is why i requested more information from you. I am well aware it is a 35mm camera. I needed to know wether or not you are planning on fixing this yourself. Being that you are here asking for assistance then you do not have the expertise required to fix the camera. That is why a professional is the best solution. If you need further assistance please let me know.

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Hello bgewing,

Sounds like the push button on the unit has a bad connector to the camera board. When you push the button to take a picture it triggers the shutter which then inturn is supposed to forward the wheel assembly that the film is attached too.

The only fix is unfortunately to disassemble the camera and look for a broken or cracked solder. As you said, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, there is a broken or cracked connector inside the camera that is barely making contact thus making it work when it puhsed just right.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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