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07-03-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Broken Pentax SP

Hi there,
I have a great Pentax Spotmatic SP but with a problem. The mirror is staying up when I fire the shutter and it goes back down again when I advance the film lever. I know there's lot's of great information out there already about this problem and so the reason i'm making a new thread is because everyone else's camera has a slight different mechanism and I can normally figure it out but I just can't this time. No, the foam is not sticky so I know it's somewhere in the mechanism.. I'll show a picture so if anyones familiar with the mechanism ahh would just be so great.
Thanks a lot, Esme
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QuoteOriginally posted by esmebrandt Quote
Hi there,
I have a great Pentax Spotmatic SP but with a problem. The mirror is staying up when I fire the shutter and it goes back down again when I advance the film lever. I know there's lot's of great information out there already about this problem and so the reason i'm making a new thread is because everyone else's camera has a slight different mechanism and I can normally figure it out but I just can't this time. No, the foam is not sticky so I know it's somewhere in the mechanism.. I'll show a picture so if anyones familiar with the mechanism ahh would just be so great.
Thanks a lot, Esme
This works for me:

How to Fix a Ceased/"stuck" Mirror on a Pentax ES Spotmatic: 8 Steps

Skip to step 5, ignore the stuff about circuit boards, which the SP obviously doesn't have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by esmebrandt Quote
Hi there,
I have a great Pentax Spotmatic SP but with a problem. The mirror is staying up when I fire the shutter and it goes back down again when I advance the film lever. I know there's lot's of great information out there already about this problem and so the reason i'm making a new thread is because everyone else's camera has a slight different mechanism and I can normally figure it out but I just can't this time. No, the foam is not sticky so I know it's somewhere in the mechanism.. I'll show a picture so if anyones familiar with the mechanism ahh would just be so great.
Thanks a lot, Esme
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