Question about Pentax K1000 35mm SLR Camera
Recently bought a second hand Pentax K1000, and replaced the batteries. The light meter needle does move according to the light yet when I move the ring to adjust the needle back into the centre it will not move. But the needle is able to move as it moves when I point the camera at different lights? I've tried various lenses and they all have the same problem so it must be something to do with the camera? Any ideas how to fix this? Thank you!
There are three different possibilities. remove three screws, take off bottom cover. remove three screws of battery holder, lift to see if the battery wire has corroded or broken off. solve by extending wire and resoldering. the next involves removing the top cover to see if the meter coil is dead,if this is the case it needs to be replaced, or there is a broken lead somewhere. usually it is cause no. 1.
Posted on Dec 23, 2013
SOURCE: Exposure needle not working
clean the battery cover and contact with a pencil eraser making sure the cap threads are also clean.
this is a fairly expensive repair if the meter or circuit board needs replacing ( no new parts are available ).
if the meter still does not work, and the K1000 is in good working order buy a inexpensive hand held light meter.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
The light meter has failed.
You can usually get it repaired (it's even possible to do so on a DIY basis if you're fairly handy, just search "k1000 meter repair", click here for one immediate possible fix), but it may be cheaper and easier to obtain a handheld light meter instead.
If you do get it repaired then at the same time get a full CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) and have the gooey foam light seals replaced. Some repairers may try to charge extra for the latter one-off job, but usually do it for free when you smile and politely point out that you can take your business elsewhere.
Although simple and very basic, a good clean K1000 in a freshly serviced and fully functional condition is one of the only Pentax 35mm SLR's which is still worth reasonable money simply due to high demand for them. If you choose to keep it then it should be good for many more years of flawless service.
I hope that I've helped, please rate my answer.
Posted on Feb 23, 2010
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