When advancing film - the winder crank is so tight that it is stretching my film. And at times it is very loose to where it doesn't advance to the next picture. So I have double images, and poor quality streaked ugly pictures. Is their an easy way to fix this?
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Re: winder button is extremely tight
Take top cover off and look in the area of frame counter ( right hand side ) and underneeth the main transport drive ( under the frame counter ) for a short piesce of metal ( 3 mm long ) that may be wedged in or between the gears of the drive. The piesce breaking off and falling into the drive is a common problem with MEs and ME supers.
The broken off piece does not have to be replaced ( no vital role ) just assamble the camera and it will work fine.
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Did you actually mean shutter release or shutter advance? And to load the film,you need to pull the roll winder upwards. While you pull the winder upwards, it would have a tuck voice and then the back cover would open up. Make sure you have wound the entire roll before you open the back.
If your film was TOTALLY blank then it's been bleached due to a processing error. By totally blank, I mean that there are no frame numbers or other film markings on your blank film. Otherwise, you simply have an unexposed film.
First, operate the camera with the camera back open, hold the camera up to a bright light and operate the camera as you look into the back of the lens. If you see a brief bit of light coming through as you operate the shutter then the shutter is admitting light into the camera and so you should have got some kind of an image unless you failed to correctly load the film (very common).
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell unless you try another roll of film. Once the film is loaded, turn the rewind crank gently to take up slack film and take a few pictures; each time you advance the film the rewind crank should turn a little. If it doesn't then the film has not been correctly loaded as the film leader has not engaged onto the take-up spool. If so, open the camera and re-engage the film. If it clearly has engaged, then the take-up spool is failing to rotate when the film is advanced: try taking a few shots and winding on the film with the back open. If the film is not advancing then you have a faulty Lomo. This is extremely common as it is a plastic toy camera with atrocious build quality and materials and is the FishEye is only designed for paltry ten rolls of film lifespan.
A final check for film which has not advanced through the camera is if the rewind is extremely short when the film has finished.
Does the film advance lever lock in place when the lever is returned ? if not, the lock spring broke. This is a common weak point in the ME Super. the camera must be partially disassembled to be repaired. get a cost estimate first. there are no new parts for this model Pentax.
I'M GOING TO ASK IF YOU HAVE THE CAMERAS MANUAL? IF YOU DON'T, I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU GO TO THE MINOLTA X300 SITE ON THE WEB AND READ THE ONLINE MANUAL FOR YOUR CAMERA. YOU CAN ALSO PRINT PARTS OF IT YOU FEEL YOU NEEDTO HAVE FOR REFERENCE. THIS CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING ANY REALLY GOOD LOOKING PICTURES. I CAN TELL YOU HOW TO LOAD IT NOW BUT YOU CAN GO TO THE SITE A LOOK AT IT BEING DONE AFTERWARDS, BASICAL YOU PULL UP ON THE FILM WINDER THAT IS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CAMERA YOU ARE AT THE BACK OF THE CAMERA. SO PULL THISS CRANK UP THAT RELEASES THE DOOR AND IT SWINGS OPEN AND YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER REEL AND KNOB ON THE RIGHT SIDE , TAKE THE FILM OUT OF THE PACKAGE AND PLACE THE FILM IN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CAMERA UNDER THE LEFT CRANK WINDER WITH THE FILM TAB COMING OUT ALONG THE BOTTOM SIDE LOWER THE CRANK HANDLE INTO THE FILM CAN TOPUNTIL IT SEATS OVER THE NOTCH. NEXT PULL JUST ENOUGH FILM TO THE RIGHT TO REACH THE RIGHT SIDE CRANK SPOOL. IT HAS A TAB HOLDER ON THE BOTTOM WHERE YOU STICK THE END OF THE FILM INSIDE THE SLOT AND TURN THE CRANK SO ONE OF THE TEETH GRABS A NOTCHIT THE SIDE OF THE FILMWHEN IT DOES, JUST WIND IT A COUPLE OF TURNS AND YOUR DONE,THEFILM ADVANCE LEVER SHOULD BE MOVED NOW UNTIL IT REACHES 1 AND THEN CLOSE THE FILM DOOR AND PUSH DOWN THE LEFT WINDER CRANK TO LOCK THE DOOR SHUT,GIVE THE CRANK A COUPLE OF TURNS BACK TO TAKE UP ANY SLACK AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOUT! I'D PRINT THIS OF AND HAVE SOMEONE READ IT AS YOU DO IT AND IT WILL BE EASIER. IF YOU NEED MORE HELP, REPLY TO: ARCLIGHT1217
It is absolutely OK, my dad too has one (not older than urs). make it tighter, but u need some screws drivers (specially for cameras). Open the camera and tighten the screw holding the winder arm. Try this only if u have experience otherwise u may end up with a scramble of camera. About the F-Stop, i have no idea why this is so... might be the technology is gone too advanced compared to the 1978.
Press the rewind button and wind the film advance lever, It will set to its place. Release the rewind button, press the shutter release button.Once again try wind the film.( provided your camera is not fitted with motor wind )