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Pentax SF1 Where can I take this camera to get it fixed. It seems like the film advancer has issues. It whines.

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    With fresh battery in SF1 nothing really works, the film will not advance to first frame, modes not changeable, only motor sound heard when shutter button is pressed but shutter does not trip nor fim moves. Just DX indexing works but not manual ISO input. Everything is stuck.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    Exact same problem with my own SF1 film not advancing only buzzes. Have disassembled top gear apparatus found everything perfect with gears like new all mesh properly. My conclusion is that SF1 is out of sequence electronically because shutter will not trip. Camera wants to advance automatically to next frame but is halted by nonsequential shutter which must fire first to release gears that then wind up shutter for next shot. Might be electromagnet not releasing shutter blades due to faulty capacitor that gives electromagnet its trip charge or CPU not transmitting proper signal. Pentax no longer services this camera and private outfits are cost prohibitive. Best bet forget the SF1 keep as paper weight or souvenier for children to play with and get a digital SLR!

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This model has a gear train from the motor to the advance sprocket. The gears are plastic and prone to strip. Try E-Bay for a reasonable replacement and keep this one for parts. There are no new parts available.

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