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SHUTTER HESITATION I had my Pentax Me Super "tuned up" along with replacement of the mirror cushions. The problem now is that the shutter seems to hesitate and doesn't seem to be working correctly at the faster shutter speeds.

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May be the problem is with the lens. Put a maximum aperture say f 22 then press the shutter, if the leaves of the diaphragm shuts and opens fast ten your lens is OK
.If there is any oily appearance between the leaves of the diaphragm then it should be cleaned.

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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.
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Go to http:/www.mypentax.com for information on how to service this yourself. The author can also advise by mail, and can service these cameras too.

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