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04-08-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
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Greetings from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I recently acquired a Pentax 6x7 with a TTL meter, MLU, and Takumar 150mm f2.8 lens. I've run a couple of films through it, but with no acceptable results so far. The mirror is locking up, the MLU is no working consistently and there are problems with the film advance indicator, which does not lock in place and easily moves out of sinc. Also, I cannot arm the shutter without a film in the camera in either of the two ways recommended in the handbook. Externally, the camera is in good condition, and, yes, I've put in a new battery.

The mirror problem seems to be common with 6x7s. The magnet inside the right housing may need cleaning, though I am a little reluctant to attempt myself the dismantling necessary to get at it. I suspect there may be a connected mechanical problem with the film wind-on lever, takeup spool and film advance indicator.

Otherwise, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

Any advance, apart from junking the camera body and keeping the lens, gratefully received.



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Welcome to the forum, maybe it's time for a little TLC... on what is a fine piece of optical engineering.
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Hi from Victoria, Australia Jonathan. Welcome to the Pentax forums. If you ask any medium format camera questions in the link below, you will be sure to get the answer you need. Good to have you here.

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