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Shutter stuck was taking a snapshot. Film advance will not advance

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  • Gavin Shields Aug 05, 2008

    I have the same problem in that the film wont advance. I have notice however that when the camera has taken a picture the shutter doesnt return fully to its start postion.

    Would it be expensive to have this problem fixed ?

  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2008

    I also believe i have this problem. I cant switch modes, and its stuck on AUTO.

  • Harold Bean
    Harold Bean May 11, 2010

    did the film counter return to zero after you opened the back?

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The is due to soft plastic/rubber parts breaking up. They gum the works, and jam things generally. Getting the camera to release from the jammed condition is just unsticking a gummed up part, and it is likely that after a while unused it will bind again.

Also, as these parts get worse they break up and the debris can and often does get into the more delicate parts. When this happens they must be removed and the works cleaned up. Do not try and coax the camera into operation, if this happens this usually causes permanent damage to the works. (I know. I see plenty where this has happened.)

Go to my camera repair website to see how to fix the problem permanently.


Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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    Gordon Stalker Jan 23, 2009

    Stuck on auto is a different problem. It has nothing to do with the stuck mirror/shutter.



    The auto switch is released by depressing the little white bump on the slector dial. It is often quite hard to push in. Use your thubnail if it's tough.



    It may also be due to corosrion making it stiff. To fix this the button has to be removed. See how to do it at this pentax camera repair site.



    The spring detent may be damged too. As a last resort this can be removed to allow the switch to be moved, but this will mean the selsector does not snap into the correct position which might make selecting modes a little awkward. Again refer to the above site.

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Hello Gabe529, As I recall, this was Pentax's way of mating electronics with mechanical cameras and the success rate was quite good. The only problem with the Pentax Super Program was the rather complex winding system. The camera is over approximately 30 years old making it a classic. It is no longer in production meaning parts need to be cannabalized from another working Pentax Super Program. The cost of repair would exceed the value of the camera. Look for another good used model or move on to a Pentax DSLR (digital SLR) camera as your tool. Sorry I couldn't give you a better answer on how to fix your problem.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

I had a problem with my Pentax Super Program.

I took a picture and then wound up for the next shot and the camera wouldn't fire no matter what mode I switched it to.

I was able to get the camera to fire by removing the cap covering the winder connector (on the bottom of the camera, below the shaft for the winder) and "gently" tugging on the little lever that lines up with the two notches on the winder shaft.

The next time I didn't have film in the camera, I sat down and just kept winding and firing until it didn't get stuck anymore.

I am assuming that the problem I ran into is that I normally have a Pentax Winder ME II hooked up to this camera & I don't normally use the winder lever, so it got sticky maybe?

Anyway, I have now switched to using the camera without the winder to cut down on the size of the camera.

Hope this helps someone.

Take care & Happy Imaging!
Yours truly,
Glen
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Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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Have you tried taking a picture on either the 125X or B mode?

If you are able to take a picture on the 125X or B mode, then it probably isn't the mechanical part of the camera, but the electronics. If so, try putting some fresh batteries in the camera.

If neither if these work, then the camera might be past its prime.

Take care & Happing Imaging!
Glen
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Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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I don't know if you have film in the camera so I'll read the following and choose what works for you.

I will assume the battery is working if applicable.

As stupid as this sounds press the shutter release button. If the shutter is cocked it will hold the advance. I've had people come in with this problem.

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