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Pentax sp 500 mirror return

I Have had this camera for years in a state of disuse. I recently tried it and discovered that the mirrors stays in the up position and film backing plate stays open when the shutter is depressed.Thios of course also leads to the problem of not being able to see anything through the viewfinder. Is this a DIY problem or is it at all fixable? Please advise if possible.

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Try setting the shutter speed to 125 and firing the camera many times. If it is going to break itself loose and start working, it should do it at 125. Then exercise it through all the shutter speeds to see if it improves. It is a long shot, but it might work!

The lubrication has probably dried out and solidified and would need to be cleaned and lubed which would probably cost between $70 and $80 so you might look around for a used body if that one won't loosen up.

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Buying a used body without this is going to cost more that a repair.

They are very few and far between, and the only reason they don't have problems is that they have aready been serviced. So you will be expected to pay for that out of the price!

Do not purchase a replacement from anyone who does not give a guarantee, that the camera will not have a problem. Preferably from somone who also offers a repair service in house. Such a person will know exactly what they are talking about, and be able to back up their guarantees. (They will also be able to offer a repair for your camera!)

These cameras have been arounf for more than thirty years now, and most (Almost all!) are in dire need of a service. Once done though there is no reason why the camera will work without problems for another 30 years. (Or at least until the shutter fabric finally perishes. And even that can be replaced.)

£50-£60 will get a full service, but to buy one of these with the service already done will cost more.

You could do this yourself but it is best done by a pro, however....

To see how to open the camera up for repair and how to do this properly there is a camera repair site which deal with this and other cameras in detail. alternatively you can contact the author who can offer a very competitive camera repair service for these models.


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