Pentax lens difficult to remove from Super Program /Super A camera
Gotten off with difficulty after 'jiggling. From about half engaged when mounting rotation is very stiff.
On one of the rings behind the mount, at about 2 o'clock there is a rectangular vertical tab that at its base is secured to a ring by two tiny rivets. This tab is not perpendicular to its mount, being angled back about fifteen degrees anticlockwise facing the camera, and slightly lifted. There is evidence of rubbing on the top of this tab. I think that a previous owner had a go at dismantling the mount as one of the mounting screws shows rubbing, indicating that it was not seated below the level of the mount face. However that is not now the case.
Re: Pentax lens difficult to remove from Super Program...
This tab now appears to have been the problem. Using needle nosed pliers, I very carefully realigned the tab at 90 degrees to the mount face with the top lying adjacent to the inner edge of the mount, at the same time ensuring that the top of the tab did not protrude beyond the mount face.
Having done this, I mounted and removed the lens several times without impediment. The last half of rotation of the lens when mounting remains quite tight, but I do not know if this is normal or otherwise for a 50mm f1.4 SMC A. The mounting and lens lugs show virtually no sign of wear so probably retain as-new tolerances.
I hope this helps anyone who may have a mount with a misaligned tab. Although I have an electronic copy of the Super Program/Super A parts breakdown, I have been unable to identify the tab or a part number, probably because it is an integral part of its mounting and the document copy is not sharply rendered.
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Some pentax digitals(most) will accept k mount lenses. Ricoh differed from the Pentax standard in one slight -- but important -- way. They used a locking pin (called the "Ricoh pin") that just happens to fall at exactly the same place as the auto-focus socket on Pentax auto-focus cameras. (That include Pentax film and digital SLRs with auto focus.) If you put your Ricoh lens on the AF Pentax, you may find that the Ricoh pin will get stuck in the AF hole and you can't get them back apart. The fix is simple, if you are even a little bit handy and have a jewellers' screwdriver. You can remove the pin from the Ricoh lens, and then safely use it on your Pentax cameras. The lack of a pin doesn't seem to adversely affect either the lens or the camera.
The 'drop' may have caused the shutter to engage. If so, pull the two batteries from the bottom compartment and wait a few minutes to see if the shutter opens.
You may also operate the camera manually in the x125 position without batteries.
This may also be a good time to go Digital! ... I put my ME Super away and purchased the Pentax K110D for less than $200. All of my Pentax lenses work just fine, and it is ver cost effective. Please consider.
If you need more info, please comment (I am not a camera dealer).
Montgomery Ward branded lenses were rebadged Cosina lenses supplied by Sears. As such they are virtually unknown outside of North America (and almost forgotten in their home market).
Cosina were a well known budget lens manufacturer and supplied their products with mountings for most major brands including Minolta.
Your lens can certainly fit your camera with a suitable adapter but how functional and useful it is depends upon what mount the lens already has. Due to different body depths used by competing SLR brands it will either work reasonably well or will be unable to achieve infinity focus. Canon SLR bodies were the shallowest and could accept adapters without difficulty for all other 35mm SLR brands but conversely this meant that Canon lenses with adapters could not achieve infinity on other makes. Olympus were in completely the opposite situation as they had the deepest bodies. Minolta were somewhere between the two extremes.
There were plenty of lenses for all of the major brands and an excellent supply of third party suppliers such as Cosina, as a result there was rarely any need to fit brand A to brand B and adapters were rarely produced and were generally expensive.
Minolta were one of the first manufacturers to change their mounting to an autofocus system in the 1980's so any adapters which were available have long ceased to be available and would even be difficult to find at used camera fairs.
You would be far better to look at the mounting ring of your Monty to see if there is an indication of which bayonet mount it has: K=Pentax, N/Ni=Nikon, Om=Olympus, C/Ca=Canon, CY= Contax/Yashica, MD=Minolta. There are plenty of others but these are the most common bayonet mounts, if you cannot identify the mount try taking the lens to an older hand at a traditional camera shop to ask if they recognise it. Using this information you can then sell your lens and use the funds to buy one which fits properly.
Montgomery Ward are virtually unknown to most 35mm SLR users so it's near impossible to sell and even then will be near worthless, but if you mention that it's a rebadged Cosina you increase the chances of a sale as folks will know what they're buying. Cosinas do not fetch much but at least they will attract buyers. The exception to all this is if the Monty has an X mount: this would mean it's a Fujica mount and Fujica owners were always starved of lens options. As a result X mount lenses will often fetch prices well in excess of double what would usually be achieved, particularly if there are competing buyers and if it's a particularly desirable focal length lens.
Although the Monty won't fetch much, you can also expect to pay peanuts for a replacement unless it's a genuine Minolta model and in any case will very likely have spent less than you would were you to actually find the correct adapter on sale.
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Remove the lens and clean the contacts between the body and the lens with a pencil eraser. Make sure the camera is on Autofocus mode. If these don't solve the problem, take it to an authorized service center.