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It's broken. The K1000 will automatically advance the counter to the end of your roll. Removing the film and closing the back should reset it. If it's not doing that, it's broken.

Pentax K1000... | Answered on Nov 19, 2017

Since it's a film camera, there are a couple of things to check:
1. You have left the lens cap on.
2. If this is a single lens reflex camera, take the lens off and make sure that the mirror isn't stuck in the "up" position. If it is, GENTLY pull it down until it stays down. At this point, your shutter may be open. Try cocking the shutter again, fire off a test shot, and see if the mirror sticks in the up position. If it does, you probably need to replace the mirror bumper foam - age can make foam deteriorate into a gooey, tar-like substance that can make the mirror stick in the up position.
3. Does the camera have a T (for Time) setting on the shutter speed dial? If so, turn it off the Time setting and set it to a manual shutter speed such as 1/60 - or whatever your 'X' synch speed is.
4. Your batteries died in mid-exposure. Replace the batteries. You may have enough juice in them to show the viewfinder display, but not enough to finish the exposure and close the shutter.

Pentax MZ-60 QD... | Answered on Nov 19, 2017

Try replacing the battery, or else use a separate meter.

Pentax... | Answered on Oct 24, 2017

Clean the battery contacts with a soft rubber pencil eraser. It doesn't take much corrosion -- due to moisture, or skin oil deposited on the posts -- to create resistance enough to keep the camera from getting a full supply of power.

Pentax ZX-7 QD... | Answered on Oct 06, 2017

Are you sure the film is attached to the take-up spool ?

Pentax K1000... | Answered on Sep 13, 2017

Try dismounting the lens and cleaning the camera and lens contacts with a soft lint-free cloth.

Pentax ZX-7 35mm... | Answered on Sep 11, 2017

If you just put in standard AA batteries, they do not have enough power to drive the camera. Use high power ones, or better still 2300 mAh or 2500 mAh rechargeable batteries

Pentax ZX-7 QD... | Answered on Aug 27, 2017

This is a known fault with this retro model, I'm afraid - over time, the plastic gears get worn, and eventually fail. Solutions are mentioned on the Pentax Forums.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Aug 19, 2017

Internal problem with the lens mechanism. Probably expensive to fix

Pentax Espio... | Answered on Aug 08, 2017

if that nickel sized battery was dead you would not hear the shutter work. i have one of those oldies and they do take great pictures when they work right.lens cap isnt on it right??

Pentax K1000... | Answered on Aug 07, 2017

Look in the manual for how to use the other modes.

Pentax ZX-30... | Answered on Jun 05, 2017

Have the old batteries leaked in the battery compartment ? Also, when you removed the previous film, did you set the camera into rewind mode ? If not, you have probably damaged the winding motor beyond economical repair.

Pentax ZX-5 35mm... | Answered on May 08, 2017

it is not unknown for film developing sites to with hold good photos so take another practice roll and have it developed somewhere else
That will prove either the camera or the developer

Pentax K1000... | Answered on Apr 23, 2017

Take the lens to a repair facility. When you've recovered from the shock of the cost, look on Ebay for a replacement. FYI, it may be better to get an f1.7 lens instead - far far cheaper, and the f1.4 was notorious for less than optimum optics wide open. You'll only lose half a stop or so, which is negligible.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Mar 05, 2017

Who, exactly, are 'they' ? There are many models of Pentax SLR camera, both film and digital, and there is a different manual pertaining to the care and operation of each of these.

If you go to the Pentax Service Centre relevant to your place of residence, all the available manuals will probably be there. If the one that you require is not available, you may find it by doing a Google search for the make and model, followed by the word Manual.

Pentax... | Answered on Jan 24, 2017

There is not any in camera developing. This is not a digital camera it is a film camera wherein we put a film cartridge with a specified number of shots into the camera then thread the film leader to the takeup spool, close the camera advance the film a few frames, then we are ready to shoot. After the specified number of shots, 24 or 36, film is rewound into the canister, camera back opened film canister removed then taken to the lab for processing.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Nov 28, 2016

Does it not close or does it not lock? If it does not lock it may be the light seals are obstructing the door. If it will close but not lock open the camera, pull up the rewind knob, see if the release slider is operating.

Pentax K1000... | Answered on Nov 28, 2016

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