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09-17-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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645 doesn't fully rewind film

I've recently bought a Pentax 645 (original model) and I've now run three films through it. When the first one was done it rewound for a very short time (around one second) and then stopped, so I reckoned this wasn't enough to rewind the whole roll. By shaking the camera I managed to prompt it to intermittently rewind the rest of the film. With the second and third rolls it rewound for a second and stopped and refused to finish rewinding. I had to manually rewind it using the tool attached to the bottom of the camera.

How long does a fully-functional 645 take to rewind a roll of 120 film? Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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09-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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An obvious question would be are you sure the batteries are properly charged? It sounds like they may not be.

As I recall, it takes a few 2-3 seconds or so to finish winding the roll of film on to the take up reel. A new set of batteries should last for ? 20/30 rolls of film or more, but I know that when mine needed changing, I noticed it first at the end of a roll when it seemed to balk at finishing winding the roll.
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I changed the batteries to brand new ones and it behaves the same. A set of batteries should last for 100 rolls according to the manual.
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Sorry, that was my best idea short of a trip to the repair shop.

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