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Contax 137ma ASA will not move...

Hi there. I just bought a nice Contax 137MA camera along witha very nice Planar 1.7. Problem is the ASA dial will not move past ASA 400. What could that be? Any ideas, suggestions, please? And yes, I lift the outer ring before turning it, but it will not move beyond the mark just before 400 ASA, no matter how hard I try. According to this cameras specs, it supports speeds from 12 to 3200 ASA. I bought this camera to shoot 800 ASA film, so I am stuck... Thanks a lot!

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  • jayneely Mar 25, 2009

    I'm having the same problem.  The aperture works fine in the program and shutter speed priority modes, but when I switch it to the manual and AV modes, the aperture becomes stuck at f16.  Any suggestions?



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I have a very vague memory (I used to sell cameras many years ago) that there is a stop at ASA 400 to prevent you accidentally selecting a faster speed. I do remember something of the sort on a camera of that era but it may not have been the Contax. IIRC, you have to lift the dial a *second* time (i.e. a bit higher) to get it past the stop. Hope this helps but it may be a red herring!

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