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You have yourself a camera with pedigree and it would be a shame not to put a few rolls of film through it before you decide whether to continue to use it, store it as a collectible or sell it on. Using a manual film camera is interesting and rewarding and can be fun - it is an experience no one should miss. Like learning to drive, at first there seems too many things to think of but with the help of a little reading most people soon master the basics. There is plenty of information online - see link below... Have fun!

Pentax... • Answered on Sep 12, 2019

If u used to have a Pentax camera, i would recommend you buying a Pentax DSLR, because Pentax film lenses still works on Pentax DSLR. I still use some of my prime lenses on my K10D.

Pentax MZ-60 QD... • Answered on Jun 15, 2019

The problem with the mirror is 1 of 3 things, 1 mirror box is distorted from being dropped, 2 mirror motor striped teeth or burnt out, 3 batteries. Try fresh good quality batteries first, that fixes lots of problems in cameras. if its the mirror box or motor then its time to go camera shopping. This camera came out in 1997 so is an old model. It was brought out as a very basic model, no frills. 1 hour of a camera tech's time is worth double what the camera is worth so dont even bother getting it repaired.

Pentax ZX-M 35mm... • Answered on May 04, 2019

On those old M series cameras its best to use a coin to unscrew battery cover. 10c piece is about right size. Right hand thread so anti clockwise. If its to stuck try a drop of anti seize or Penatrol, just a tiny amount and don't spray all over. Same if its corroded. If that is still stuck you can drill 2 small holes into the cover, insert 2 small bits of stiff wire and put a screw driver between them and unscrew that way. Replacement covers are available on ebay.

Pentax ME Super... • Answered on May 04, 2019

Probably means the film has not loaded correctly.

Pentax... • Answered on Oct 26, 2018 Excellent site, no ads, full manual in PDF format.

Pentax ZX-60... • Answered on Feb 21, 2018

One old camera. You have an electronic shutter and mechanical (backup) so you may have a dead electronic shutter. I would check the battery and contacts. If they are good... the shutter is bad. You have a standard K-mount body, any lenes will fit any Pentax camera, film or digital. The lenses will go on more modern Pentax bodies but will not auto-focus if on an AF body. These bodies are some 25+ years old, many places are selling them for $30 or so.. there are just thousands out there. If you want to stick with film, go for a newer AF body and you can still manually focus.

Pentax Program... • Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Are your battery contacts clean ? ? Can you open the film area and see if the mirror is up ? If the mirror is up, then you have problems. The camera did not go throught it's shutter program and the mirror has not been released to go down. Major repair that is way more expensive then a replacement camera. Same with the battery, something inside is not turning off (completing the shutter function) You can go with film or digital as the Pentax lenses work with both. If you change to Pentax (Ricoh ownes it now) digital, the old film flashes will not work. Need a newer digital Pentax flash for a Pentax digital camera.

Pentax PZ-70 QD... • Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Send it in for a repair if it's worth to you. There can be quite a lot of things wrong with the electronics.

Pentax MZ-S QD... • Answered on Jan 14, 2018

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

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