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01-04-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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is the pentax 67ii NOT a cold weather camera?

I have used my 67ii for many years taking great photos in lots of places. But I am really having issues in cold weather. last week I did a day trip to yosemite as the weather was perfect for the day. cold but clear with spotty white fulffy clouds that gave way to overcast grey and white awesome clouds. anyway....

just like the other times I have taken the camera out in cold/cool conditions (its was 38 degrees outside but dry. no snow or rain) and got the dreaded e-20 code. while its not listed in the manual what it actually means, I think its either dead battery or static electricity. so like I always do, I replaced the batteries with new ones. I always bring 5 sets of batteries when i use this camera in the cold. that of course, does not do the trick. you also need to open the camera back to, what I assume is to get rid of the static charge, otherwise the camera does not work. Again, this is just my view of the problem. I wish I could figure out what the issue really is. I had 3 other cameras with me as I have come to expect this issue with this camera and none of them had any issues at all. they were a mamiya 6, nikon f5 and a nikon fm3a

Its a great camera to use, but really sucks getting 1 or 2 shots on a roll and then having the camera die. I have cracked the camera back enough to reset it then tried finishing the roll, but the rest of the shots on the roll are severely under exposed, like nothing is on the neg. I would hate to have to limit this camera to a warm climate camera but I am done shooting it and wasting the film. otherwise the camera works great.

any thoughts or ideas?

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john

01-04-2016, 10:15 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by destroya Quote
its was 38 degrees outside but dry. no snow or rain)
The P67II is rate for use between +50C and -10C (122F to 14F) so it should be OK using it at 38F. Not sure what the problem could be.

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01-04-2016, 11:42 AM   #3
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Perhaps also get a manual camera that takes no batteries.

I haven't used my Pentax 6x7 in extreme cold but have used it many, many times in conditions like the following with no problem. If it is really cold I take the battery cage out and and put it in my pocket. And I use the folding hood so I don't have to worry about the light meter needing "juice".

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I used to live in greenland and my 67ii have never had a winter problem up there, thus my guess would be that it is an issue with your specific camera.

Have you tried having it serviced?

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38 F is not very cold and should fall well within the operating range of most cameras. I bet your camera has another problem. It's possible cold makes it worse but if it was working properly 38 should be no problem.
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I thought it was just me but hoping otherwise. Guess its time to get it serviced. any places to recommend?
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QuoteOriginally posted by destroya Quote
I thought it was just me but hoping otherwise. Guess its time to get it serviced. any places to recommend?
I think Ricoh will still fix the 67ii bodies, best check with them. I don't think Eric does any longer.

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I used two 67ii's on three winter trips to Inner Mongolia, where it was frequently in the -20 to -30 (Celsius) range and had no problems whatever with the camera. And, despite having spares, never even had batteries run low! (Lithium is amazing). The only problems I had were with the lenses (aperture blades buckling in the cold!). But the bodies just kept on going.

So I am sorry to say that it's probably your specific body.

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