I've had my camera since I was in high school (I just recently graduated from college, so I've had it for awhile).
My camera worked great--until a few weeks ago. Everytime I turn on the camera, if flashes E4 and won't let me take a picture. It doesn't always do this and will turn on with no problems at all. When the error message does appear, I have to keep pressing the power button until the error message turns off and I can take a picture or turn the camera off.
Any idea to what this error message means? And if so, is it worth fixing?
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Normally you'd have next to no chance: not many AFM35's were made and
they mainly appealed to well-off, older, amateur photographers. As a
result used ones are rarely for sale and parts donors are as rare as **** ****. If you do find a parts donor they've likely
been dropped damaging the battery cover which is
exactly where the camera tends to land.
On the plus side, the
cover on this model is a round bayonet type fitting much like the type
used on some film SLRs and sometimes on motor drive covers. I don't
currently have an AFM35 in my collection but I do have a Canon Sureshot
Classic 120 and the battery cover looks like it may well be a passable
replacement for your damaged one. As a first point of call visit a
camera repairer or a large used film camera outlet to try a few covers
for size. If you're in the UK and in the London area then Mr.Cad in
Croydon is hard to beat for odd parts like these. I'm confident that
you'll find a cover which fits, but you may need to do a little surgery
to transplant parts from the old cover to the new to get a fully functional
cover. The only other fix is to get one custom made by an engineering hobbyist. They'll need either the original cap as a pattern or may be able to use the camera itself to work out what's needed. You can also be a bit more Heath Robinson and adapt a cover which doesn't really fit properly at all, but is held in place by a plate secured to the bottom of the camera using the tripod mounting thread. At the very least it will buy you time whilst you source a better alternative.
Canon Sureshot Classic 120's are fairly easy to find and go very
cheaply (£15 or so on auction sites). If you see one in good condition
then you've nothing to lose in trying it: even if the cover does not fit
you'll discover that the camera originally cost about the same as the
Rollei and does pretty much everything the Rollei does but is a largely unrecognised gem. The light
metering is highly reliable and the spot metering is superb. I can
honestly say that the 38-120mm zoom lens outperforms some of my Leica
and Zeiss T* primes and in my opinion is one of the best lenses ever fitted to
any compact 35mm which I've owned. The only downside is that it's autofocus only.
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I wish i could help you, but Pentax's manual is poor and many people (over the net) face Pentax error message with no meaning... i would take it to your local camera repair shop. If they can't help you call ProCamera in harlottesvile VA. He collects pentax owns his own shop. He's been in business for 12yr's he is also a succesful photoghrapher. I''ve heard nothing but the best about this guy Bill Moretz. I have a pentax if anything happens to hit i know where i shipping it of too and pentax is the only camera i will own. His prices are right so the shipping cosr is worth it.