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I have a pretty old Pentax 35 mm that has not been used in awhile. The film advance crank is stuck. I put new batteries in it (I don't know if I needed batteries for it to advance and for the shutter to work???) Anyway, after new batteries, it advanced once just fine, I went "click" and I thought I solved the problem so I could load my film... but then it froze up again. Despite more new batteries and more attempts, I can not advance it. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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Given the age of the camera and the fact that it hasn't been used for a while, it's quite likely the lubricants have dried up, causing the mechanical parts to stick. I'd suggest taking it in to a reputable camera shop for a CLA (Clean-Lube-Adjust), the camera equivalent of tuning up your car.

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