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05-14-2010, 06:25 AM   #1
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Problem -- Pentax 67 film advances but no shutter?

Sorry if this is a newbie question, but I searched the forums here and at to try to find a suitable post and didn't find what I'm looking for.

What: Pentax 67 (mid 70's model, with MLU and TTL prism)

Issue: shutter & winding strangeness

Until recently my beloved 67 was operating fine. I went out yesterday to take some city shots, and took one photo as normal. Aim, focus, fire ... <ka-thunk>, the typical Pentax 67 shutter sound.

I wound the film (the film lever moved smoothly, as it normally does) and prepared to take another picture. I composed my shot, pressed the shutter, and nothing. I thought I had mis-heard things due to traffic noise, so I advanced the film. Again, the winder moved smoothly, and I could feel the film was actually advancing inside the camera.

So I pressed the shutter. It went all the way down, flush with the body (to where it should normally actuate) but nothing. No shutter slap, nothing.

The MLU is not engaged, I can see through the prism and the TTL metering is working fine.

I am concerned! Any help would be appreciated.


05-14-2010, 07:37 AM   #2
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Did you check the lock on the shutter button? Maybe you locked it by accident.
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Do you have 220 film in the camera but have the dial on the side of the body set to 120?
05-14-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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Yes, I have 220 film loaded. I got a great deal on some expired Kodak 400VC.

Oops. Dial on the side of the body. 120 / 220 selector switch.

Yup. It's set to 120, not 220.

<sheepish grin.>

Thanks, desertscape! I would have never thought of that.

I read the manual (online) and must have missed that part. Also, the retired fellow I bought the camera from gave me very little instruction on how to use it.

Major thanks for you help! Yay -- back to taking gorgeous 6x7 pictures!

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+1 for desertscape's trouble shooting
05-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
+1 for desertscape's trouble shooting
I would expect this after frame 10 that this problem becomes apparent. In other words, the shutter should fire up until frame 11.

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