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05-08-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Pentax 67ii winder jam

Help!!!
I have had my 67ii for over a year now. Been absolutely perfect, gone through some 20 odd rolls of 120 Provia ASA 100.
Yesterday, had it set up on a massive Gitzo (Studex??) tripod, Jobu BW Pro II head, complete with long lens support, with the 400mm F4 ED (IF), ready to shoot a Jay drinking on my birdbath. Pressed shutter halfway to check shutter speed. No response. In a rush in case it flies off, activate MLU, no response, pressed shutter, no response, wind film forward? not possible. Then I checked LCD panel, ahh low battery!!! How disappointing. Will have to hope for another chance. In the meanwhile, down to the shop and get replacement batteries.
Replace batteries, and took a shot of an empty birdbath. Now (shock horror) I cannot wind film forward at all. Took the film out, all 9 unexposed shots plus that first one. Still can't wind forward. Can anyone help???


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05-08-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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As far as I know, once 67 runs out of batteries, it'll stay in locked position, with mirror in mid-position, until you unlock it. Apparently, the same goes for 67II, too.

The manual says you have to press safety release button and shutter to unlock it - as per User's manual, page 4: http://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_pdf/pentax_67-1.pdf
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Hello elkarrde
Thanks for your reply to my post. Unfortunately, the 67ii is a different kettle of fish entirely. For a start, there isn't that little button to push. The mirror was never up halfway either. It just didn't do anything, that is until I changed the batteries, when I then could take the shot. Now I just cannot wind the film forward. I am familiar with the 67 as I have two of them, but I do love the 67ii more because of the added automation, and am quite gutted that it has failed me.

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05-09-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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For a 67II
http://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_pdf/pentax_67_ii-1.pdf
http://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_pdf/pentax_67_ii-2.pdf

Try to wind with no battery to see if shutter was not mechanically reset?

The lock the camera and make sure the timers and MLU switch is off and reinsert the battery, then try the winder after the battery is installed.


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Thanks for posting the cameramanuals. I do have the operating manual too. Came with the camera. Unfortunately, no mention of winding lever locking up. I read some while ago a post by some one about a magnet in the winding mechanism to do with film counter. He noted that he cleaned it with Iso Propyl alcohol, and problem sorted. His thread sounded very like mine. But I can't figure out how to open the winding lever. I wish he could reply to this post. And I have been all over the shop to return to his thread.
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05-09-2013, 11:26 AM   #7
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Hi mysteryonion
That's him. Thanks very much. Now dare I do it?? Will keep you posted. All the best.
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Hello All
I have just got to the bottom of my problem. Thanks mysteryonion for guiding me to that post. Yes, it was that solenoid (located under the LCD panel). First of all you have to remove the wind lever. To do that, you have to lift the cap up with a knife (be very careful not to damage the cap or lever). Then remove 3 screws. There is a fourth one which you mustn't touch, you figure that one out. The lever then comes off. Next remove 2 screws on the front and back of the plastic top cover AND one more (much longer chrome plated one) which is accessible from inside the battery compartment. (If you haven't got a precision long reach mini screw driver set, you will have to get one, there is no option, mine's a Rolson). The top will then come off. Undo the LCD panel (2 screws), then the bracket on which it sits on (2 screws). The tiny solenoid should be just visible attached to the outside of the prism housing. The guy in the original post used iso-propanol, but I decided to use SERVISOL because it cleans and lubricates in one operation. Then release the "stuck" solenoid by touching it very gently with a toothpick and make sure it is freed up. You will notice a distinct click. You can be quite liberal with the servisol, but wipe any excess with cotton buds. Then reassemble, and away you go.


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