My camera, a Pentax A3000 has a LED 1000 in the viewfinder . The battery check works
and I have replaced the batteries.The problem is that the frame advance
will not advance to the first frame.It stays on the S and will not advance. I've looked through the manual and can't find much on the subject.I have tried re-loading the film. Is the button sticking or is it the frame advance? Will this be an expensive fix or is it something small that I can fix?
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Re: Pentax A3000 frame advance jammed
There could be a number of causes.
First make sure that the replacement batteries are up to it. Ie one's marketed for camera use. Others often cannot supply the current required by the motors. (Electric motors require most current just as they start, and so it may not do anthyhing at all.) Then check the battery contacts are clean. Much the same reason applies, dirty contacts cam prevent the batteries from supplying enough current.
One more simple possibility is that it does not know the battery door is closed. This may be detected by a protrusion in the film door edge operating a contact in the loctaing groove, or contacts in the door latch. There may be more than one!
It is also possible that the camera is detecting an impossible film. DX coded film uses the contacts inside the film chamber to read the film speed from unpainted sections of the film cassette. It is just possible that a dirty contact or a scratch in the paint is telling the camera that the film is a speed it cannot handle, or is just confusing it with a nonesense code!
Outside these there are a number of possibilites which will require internal investigation. You can try these camera repair pages for tips on repairing your own camera.
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The ZX-50 does not have a mirror lock up feature so there are several possibilities for the problem. There could be residue on the foam padding where the mirror hits the inside of the camera frame causing it to stick. In this case the foam may need replacing and the inside frame cleaned. Checking with a camera dealer in your area will answer the question in more detail.
it could be the rubber bumper next to the fresnel lens has become sticky. very gently ( after removing lens ) try to bring mirror down without forcing it. it should release easily.
if not, rotate the select knob off auto. open film door and check that the shutter is fully deployed, shutters should not be overlapping.
remove screws from bottom cover and remove cover, keep camera up side down so that re-wind button stays put. there is a locking lever under the take up spool ( gray ) . with a pin move lever toward film door and bring advance lever fully to the right , then let it go so it returns quickly.
the shutter should have fired. if not the camera will need to be repaired. get an estimate first as there are no new parts available.
The shutter parts are most likely broken. That is usually the tell-tale sign of a broken camera, not advancing. Repairs for film cameras are very expensive and if parts are needed, it may be impossible for a 20+ year old camera. My suggestion is to find a replacement film camera system. Your Ricoh lenses will fit on a Pentax camera, but not work in Auto Mode. Prices of used Pentax cameras with built in motor drives are around $100. Check on line cameras stores. They have lots of use cameras/lense. A lens to use on that is another $75 or so. Only Nikon and Canon make new film cameras anymore. If you want an indestructable K-mount, find a Pentax K1000. Many lenses are available but no motor drive nor auto exposure on that model.
Slr mirror is stuck. remove the lens and try to slightly move the mirror up and down ( but not forcing it to move!)and pushing the shutter switch. Try also applying lighter fluid in the mechanism while operating or shooting, fluid will help loosen the stucked mechanism.
The mirror box control mechanism needs servicing ( rubber parts have perished and are gumming up the workings of the mirror mechanism so shutter is not workingrking) . Unfortunatelly this requires complete strip down and so should be done professionally.
The mirror motor is probably the problem, you'll usually hear a whirring noise like a motor spinning. It's about a $125 repair, requiring the mirror box to be removed and the mirror driving motor replaced. Pentax originally put a plastic gear on the motor shaft - the replacements have a brass gear.