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04-03-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Pentax 6x7 winding lever stuck -- please help!

Hi everyone -- I have a problem with my 6x7.

I have some 120 film loaded, camera is working 100% fine, but the problem is this: I took a picture, then advanced the film using the winding lever.

Then a while later, I had forgotten I had wound the camera, and wound it AGAIN. The lever is now stuck at the half-way point, and the shutter will not fire.

I feel like a total idiot and I hope I haven't damaged anything!

Is there a release mechanism? Or something that will reset the lever? Thanks in advance for your help.

04-03-2010, 06:52 PM   #2
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UPDATE -- I located the teeny tiny "mechanism release button" on the 6x7 body, and held pressure on it with the tip of a house key while gently moving the winding lever. Success! Everything's back to normal.
04-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #3

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What's confusing about that is you should not be able to wind the lever again after you've advanced the film without firing off a shot.
04-05-2010, 01:41 PM   #4
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My camera is an Asahi Pentax 6x7, not sure which year (haven't checked the serial numbers yet). But it's an early one, I believe. I think the winding mechanism might be a little worn out ... that might explain why I was able to push the lever even AFTER I had advanced the film.

The camera otherwise seems to function OK. I will have to keep an eye on it.


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