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Sticking shutter/unable to advance film

Hi, My problem with my Pentax ME Super is that when I take a photo, the rear shutter doesnt return fully down. It then is unable to advance film. Once the shutter is fully down it advances the film with no problem. Is this an expensive repair ?

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A used camera will have the same problem unless it is purchased from a specialist as a serviced/reconditioned item.

There are few who do this anymore. (Exept for me that is!)

Alternatively you can remove the parts yourself.

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 (Me!) who can offer a very competitive camera repair service for these models.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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    Hi guest we are not tlking about the foam one that sits at the top of the mirror cage. That's a light seal, and is intended to prevent light shining into the viewrfinder getting into the camera space. This can become a problem with small apertures and long exposures requirng a tripod. It matters less if an eyepiece cover is used. It's function as a 'dumper' for the mirror is secondary.



    The ones we mean are three small circular rings of solid rubberlike material. These are mounted on small pegs or shafts fitted on the shutter release side of the mirror cage (See this camera repair website for a better look.) These act as dumpers for the various levert which operate the mirror.



    The worst culprit is the one that sits beneath the mirror relase catch, and on the same shaft. This catch is operated by a lug on the shutter mechanism as the closing shutter lands. Obviously this is quite a light action trigger, and when the ring gets squishy and sticky, it gums the catch, so it does not operate.



    As these dumpers just absorb shocks created as the mirror lifting gear resets, they do not affect camera vibration during picture taking, and so are not critical. I have found after many trials, on dozens of cameras, that they can be ommited completely with no more effect than slightly more noise when the shutter closes.



    However as in the long term this could fatigue the mechansm, replacing them is preferable for long term working. Any durable rubbery material should work fine. I find silcone tubing works as well as neoprene.



    Having said that other models like the MV do not have these rings, and use hard nylon where they are fitted. These do not suffer form this problem, and are not showing fatigue problems as yet!



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WITH RESPECT TO THE TWO INTERIOR RUBBER - GOO SEALS I HAVE FOUND FAX PAPER --THE SHINY STUFF, IF CUT TO A VERY THIN STRIP, FITS ON THE TOP OF THE BUMPER COMPENSATES FOR THE SHOCK AND STOPS THE GOOEY BUMPERS FROM CLUTCHING THE MIRROR. THE MORE U. USE IT THE BETTER IT SEATS.

DONT WASTE YOUR TIME CLEANING IT.

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Probably. That camera has several rubber bumpers and gaskets in the mirror mechanism that have a tendency to turn into sticky gooey sludge causing the levers in the shutter and mirror mechanisms to get sluggish. The only real solution is to completely disassemble the camera to clean out the old goop and replace them with newer neoprene fittings. My suggestion would be to find a replacement body since the repair is probably going to cost between $80 to $90 and you can probebly find a good used body for less than that.

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