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Pentax zx-50 Shutter Problems?

I have a pentax zx-50 Camera. I've had it now almost 9 years. Its been used off and on and the last time it was used was around 4 years ago. Its been placed in safe keeping, so I decided to whip it out and take pictures of our new baby. I Placed New Batteries in the camera. I placed film in the camera. I Then turned the camera on. I then tried to change the camera mode, and it made a noise like it was trying to take a picture. The film then Advanced. Then I tried to get the camera to zoom in, and it wouldnt. I then tried to use the flash, it wouldnt. I then tried to change the mode again, and it wouldnt. By the time I was done changing modes, and what not, it said it had already gone through a whole roll of film. The camera then wouldnt rewind the film. I had to auto rewind it using the midroll rewind button. It wont take any pictures, but yet says its advancing. Any help here? Thanks

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  • jenjennings Sep 03, 2007

    Hi, I dont have alot of money to spend right now, and the lowest quote I got was 150.00 and I just cant afford that. If anyone has any suggestions that I can try that would be cheaper please let me know. Thanks for the advice!

  • cheyhink Jul 21, 2008

    I seem to be having the same shutter problem. I live 2 hours from any camera repair locations. Is this a repair worth making for this model? I love the pictures I used to get with my Pentax zx50, however I'm nervous it will be really expensive to fix and not worth it for a 9 year old camera. What do you think?

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    Stuck in the same boat with the exact same symptoms and circumstances as jenjennings described (wondering if you stole my identity).

    Just wondering what you ended up doing and if it worked...?

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Try pouring lighter fluid around curtain mechanism, motor and other moving parts. but do not wet it. use small amount of fluid only, avoid the lenses. this will remove the materials making your unit stucked.. never use alcohol or anything. fluid are so volatile that makes it a good cleaner.

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

  • Anonymous Sep 04, 2007

    I forgot to say you do that while operating the unit, or make the parts move while cleaning [:0)

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I really think this is the classic zx - 50 shutter motor problem : small motor on the side of the mirror box is not cocking the shutter . This is very repairable but unfortunately it requires fair amount stripping down of the camera to get to the fault and so you will have to take it in for repairs.

Posted on Sep 03, 2007

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    zdenek vajdak Sep 04, 2007

    Re philipp coment: do not pour anything into shutter curtain area ( this may work with some older cameras like ME super but not the later models ). Shutter problem caused by small plastic gear on the mirror box motor that needs replacing.

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