Mirror is stuck in "up" position and film will not advance
I was having problems with the mirror in my Ricoh XR-10, but got past it until the film also stopped advancing. i can get that to happen if i twist the little turntable on the bottom right of the camera, but the shutter wont open and that dosent help the mirror. should i get this cleaned or is it a much worse problem?
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sounds like the shutter could be stuck, give it a sharp knock(not too hard) on a counter top, as you work the on off button/switch
all I could find on this , is the manual
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ricoh kr 10 XR 1000X users manual
Your camera is in cocked position with shutter fully cocked and that is why you cannot advance the film advance lever. Set the shutter to x position ( on your shutter speed dial on the right hand side and top of your camera ) . The shutter should release and then you should be able to advance the film advance lever.
If the batterys are ok ,try rotating the speed control to X and the mirror will unlock from its upper position and the film will advance next time you try. Also the camera will not operate unless the leaver is moved away from its rest position, ie level with the camera body to its first movement area.
Make sure when you load your film, that the cogs are actually winding the film. Many a roll has been "shot" with the film ever advancing. If you see what your taking, that is really about all that it could be.
take the screws off the bottom cover. there is a small lever pointing toward the front of camera with a black screw on it. gently move it to the left, this will release the lock lever. Now advance the lever and the shutter should fire. if not, it is not repairable. no parts
Yes this is fairly common with K 1000 and the Spotmatics : although the shutter is cocked and hence you cannot advance film you cannot release shutter because mirror box is not cocked.
Remedy : remove bottom cover and locate mirror box lever which protrudes slightely and is movable up and down and is spring loaded. Move upwards until it licks in position ( moving up against spring tension ).
Now release the shutter and camera should let you advance the film .