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Shutter stuck halfway through cycle. Curtain

Shutter stuck halfway through cycle. Curtain closed, mirror stuck "up". Camera will not "light up" and electric motor runs internally all of the time unless you remove the batteries. Can it be "unstuck" in the field? This is a Pentax ZX-7 that has had less than 20 rolls of filme through it. I can't imagine that it is worn out already!

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Older cameras like this are notorious for locking up after not being used for quite some time. Though, it is an easy fix, it does require some steady hands and a good memory of where everything was after you're taken it out or apart. The best solution for this is, once you've taken it apart and have access to the mirror, is to have a q-tip with a little vasoline on the tip, apply a thin (very thin) layer along all springs and joints surround the mirror and around the edges of the mirror opening, while avoiding getting any vasoline on the mirror itself. I've worked with cameras all my life and have worked at camera shops, and what I've explained here is exactly what a camera repair place would do. But, if you don't feel comfortable with small parts and tiny screws, a camera shop will gladly fix it for you, and not at a bad price.
So, Good luck! Hope this helps. I hope you're out taking photos soon!
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SOURCE: can the shutter curtain be replaced on a Pentax

It can be replaced only by a trained service technician. Check the Pentax website for a service center near you.

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loader gear broken,get it replaced ,get it done by a camera tec.

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SOURCE: The shutter on my Pentax zx-50 SLR is stuck in the

if its just a sticky mirror you could try to very genteely flip it down again but if the shutter is jamed in its sliders it could need to go to a camera shop to get it "fully serviced!" also check its not just the shutter lock button stuck in, or the shutter is locked open,

Posted on Nov 28, 2010

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