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Pentex k1000 rewind knob unscrewed, shaft fell inside camera

My Pentex k1000 rewind knob unscrewed and the shaft that it screws onto has fallen inside my camera. how do i get it out without damaging the camera if i cant open the back the way i normally would?

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    AHH so the rewind shaft fell out of my brothers camera and i cannot put it back in!!! Help me!! the back of the camera is open already i just cant put the shaft back in it place HELP ME ASAP PLEASE

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First make a small hook on the end of a straightened paper clip. insert the hook and pull up rotating the hook as you pull up. being careful not to bend the spring near the hole. once the back door is opened check the rewind shaft, there should be a beveled edge on the collar of the shaft. rotate the shaft while pushing up. if no beveled edge on the shaft use the paper clip to push the spring out of the way while inserting the shaft. if it still will not return file a bevel on the collar of the shaft. I am assuming there is no film in the camera as the canister will prevent the shaft from falling in.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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On my pentax k1000
the black fuzz looking stuff which is on the top of the inside when u take off the lens,is falling off a lil n getting inside where the mirrors are.
would i need to get it repair ?? would it mess up the pictures in anyway if i dont get it repaired?

thank you somuch

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