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11-03-2019, 05:37 PM   #1
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I think my K-90's camera lightmeter is borked

Went shooting some film yesterday at 2pm with my Kalimar K-90 & Rikenon XR 35mm f2.8, had Ultrafine Extreme 100 film in, had batteries in the camera & was getting an exposure of 1/30s wide open at f/2.8 which seems to me way off ariund 4 stops or so to where it should be, which Im sure would be at 1/5000 at f/2.8

Figured it was probably the batteries so I took out the ones I had in the camera and put two new ones in, changed the lens to my Kalimar 50mm f1.7 (rebadged Vivitar), and was still getting the same exposure of 1/30s at f2.8.

Shot another roll using the Sunny 16 rule, so when I get them developed Im gonna see how bad/far off the exposures are

So, can anyone recommend someone that can do a good CLA o a 3rd party K-mount film slr that isnt too expensive? There is a camera store near where I live where I plan to take it to, but I wanted to see what other options there are out there.

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Just buy another camera. A CLA would be more than the camera is worth. The Kalimar K-90 was a rebadged Cosina CT1 Super iirc, like the Ricoh KR-5 Super II, Chinon CM-7, etc.
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It would cost me just as much to get a new one off of ebay to get the one I have a CLA
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QuoteOriginally posted by disconnekt Quote
It would cost me just as much to get a new one off of ebay to get the one I have a CLA
You could try Garry's camera repair in Illinois.. They show,Nikon FM-10 and Vivitar V4000 on their list.
I think they're similar to your Kalimar.

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It would cost me just as much to get a new one off of ebay to get the one I have a CLA
Try shopgoodwill.com. Third party K-mount cameras go cheap there. Garry's might be a possibility too. They do list several Cosina rebadges, but $58 is more than the camera is worth...
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Or here's this one on Ebay K-90 35mm SLR ,50mm F:1.7 Lens ,Kalimar | eBay
Cheaper than a CLA.
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Truthfully I'd rather not add to my collection and gamble on buying another camera off of ebay/goodwill that may or may not actually be working. The camera still works without batteries in it, so using the "Sunny 16 Rule" can be used but take me a while to get used to till I get it CLA'ed.

Plus, I have another slr camera that needs a CLA so I may just get them both done at the same time.
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