I love this camera, and ive got it loaded to the max---- but the lazer type cell batteries go dead overnight ! i dont have a manual for it yet ? but ive ordered one. ive put 10 batteries in this camera--- help ! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Re: eats batteries like thers no end !
Hello davidpritchie, 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 electronic circuit board. Your canera could have a short, bad condensers, bad on-off switch, etc. You would need to do a circuit check from batteries to every electronic component using battery power. Wow - really expensive and time-consuming = complete stripdown and repair. 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 old non-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.
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First, may I assume that you didn't buy it new? That it's been sitting on a shelf or in a drawer for quite some time? If so, there could be corrosion on the battery contacts. Try scrubbing the metal contacts with a cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar. Let it dry and then try inserting the batteries again. The fact that you're getting the low-battery indicator is a hopeful sign, that the camera isn't completely dead.
Happy ending to this saga of the Nikon N2020 AF. I went to Walmart and purchased some real photo grade batteries. At first the result was the same, no apparent change, dead camera. I left the batteries in the camera overnight. The next day I tried depressing the shutter button with the camera turned on to S for single shot, and to my amazement the camera came alive! I don't know why or how but now it works and I don't have to bring it in for servicing. Today we will be off to the local zoo to take some shots. Can't wait. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.
Battery is needed to unlock the catch then the internal flash will pop up. These cameras are programed to automatically pop up in certain modes so there is a little electric switch used not battery no switch. Don't leave the dead battery in the camera or you'll end up with more problems then just replacing the batteries.
First, make sure that the batteries are the correct SR44 type (LR44's work as well but give incorrect and inconsistent light metering).
Also make sure that they're loaded the right way around; I don't remember which way up they go but the camera works one way and is dead the other way so if in doubt, try both ways.
With the batteries correctly loaded, the film advance lever must be in the "stand-off" position; this means that the lever sticks out backwards a little allowing the tip of your thumb to just hook in front of it. Note that when the lever is pushed all the way to the resting position the camera will be swirtched off and the shutter button locked to prevent it from firing by accident.
Now press the shutter button slightly to turn the light meter on and look into the viewfinder; one of three lights should illuminate, +, 0
or - . if they don't light then the batteries are dead or loaded incorrectly, or you have a faulty camera.
If you have a faulty example then repairs are not a DIY prospect and spares are as rare as fresh dodo doo-doos. About the only thing you can check is that the battery terminals are bright and clean. If the camera remains broken then the good news is that there are millions more 35mm film SLR's available and many of them are completely free as all but a few top-end models are near worthless these days: I've never paid for any 35mm cameras or lenses in about six years thanks to FreeCycle and Freegle.
The most common cause of no electrical function is some sort of corrosion on the battery terminal connectors.
Assuming the battery is the correct type (6V DL223A, CR-P2) and holding a good charge, it could be that one or both of the prongs at the bottom of the battery compartment has something on it. The F601 (or the N6006 version, which I have) is 16-17 years old now, and has likely picked up some battery corrosion over its lifetime.
Try rubbing the top of the terminals with a rough pencil eraser (being careful not to bend the prongs over).
You might also check to see whether the battery is latching under the tiny tabs inside the edge of the battery compartment when it is inserted. It should be- this holds the battery down tight against the terminal prongs.
If the battery is good, inserted correctly (open terminal end in first), and the F601 still doesn't power up, then...ummm...
Just a comment on the first answer: Use only silver oxide batteries (SR44). Using lithium batteries will not harm your camera but they have an unstable voltage, they start off a little over 1.5v and drift down to around 1.35v just before they no longer work. They are fine for non-precision equipment but not for your camera as they can cause the lightmeter to be as much as four stops out.
SR44's are at the correct 1.55v and remain at that level almost until the very end. They cost a bit more than lithium cells but are well worth the money, just make sure that the packaging actually says "silver oxide" as some manufacturers put the SR44 number on the packaging of LR44 lithium cells.
Sounds like the batteries went dead, and the internal lithium memory battery was already dead, causing it to forget the settings. install fresh batteries, and reset the ISO of youtr film by holding down the ISO button, and pressing the up/down buttons behind the shutter release. That should return it to normal, but you will have the same problem again whenever you are changing the batteries until you replace the lithium cell. To change the lithium cell, remove tha battery pack, and open the metal plate in the camera's battery compartment. The cell is a lithium CR 2016.
If that does not fix it, you may have a broken camera.
Most Nikon manual focus cameras I see have the same battery chamber, and their battery loading procedure are exactly the same. Use a coin to unscrew the battery chamber at the buttom, the batteries should be instered into the battery holder (the unscrewed part) , with negative end goes in first. Also refer to the battery insertion direction on the side of the plastic part of the battery holder you will find it :)
Take the bottom cover off and find the release magnet on the rewind end. There's an "L" shaped bracket that has a straight spring against it on one end and a magnet armature on the other ( under a plastic cover. Move the spring loaded end toward the front of the camera to release the magnet - the shutter should trip. If it does, install the battery and try it. If it doesn't, it has a mechanical jam and will have to go in for repair.