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06-01-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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I recently discovered my dads Pentax MG and decided to load it with some film. I put new batteries in the camera and looked through the shutter to make sure everything with the electronics was working fine. Now I press the shutter button down and nothing happens. The shutter doesn't move/click. Just wondering what this problem could be.

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Did you cock the shutter with the film advance lever?

If the mode dial is set to 100X, the shutter will fire even without batteries, but you still have to cock it after every shot.
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Yeah I did cock the shutter with lever Even without film in it the camera won't shoot.?

I've noticed when the back of the camera is off and I'm advancing the film the shutter moves slightly, but thats about it. It seems pretty dead

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QuoteOriginally posted by bwinward Quote
Yeah I did cock the shutter with lever Even without film in it the camera won't shoot.?

I've noticed when the back of the camera is off and I'm advancing the film the shutter moves slightly, but thats about it. It seems pretty dead
That sounds normal - you will see the shutter move when you use the film wind lever.

Did you try the 100X mode? That will eliminate any problems with the batteries & electronics.
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That sounds normal - you will see the shutter move when you use the film wind lever.

Did you try the 100X mode? That will eliminate any problems with the batteries & electronics.
Yep still doesn't work in 100x mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bwinward Quote
Yep still doesn't work in 100x mode.
Then it sounds like you have a bad shutter.

If the camera hasn't been used in years, it's possible that the lubricants have gotten viscous or gummy. A professional cleaning is in order. It's not something you can do yourself.
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Then it sounds like you have a bad shutter.

If the camera hasn't been used in years, it's possible that the lubricants have gotten viscous or gummy. A professional cleaning is in order. It's not something you can do yourself.
Thought that this would be the case. Might just buy another from eBay. Such a cool little camera though.

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Thought that this would be the case. Might just buy another from eBay. Such a cool little camera though.
Yeah, it is a cool little camera. The MG was fairly uncommon, though. You might be better off looking for an ME Super or a Program Plus.
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I agree, look for a ME Super and I would go further back and grab a K1000 if I were looking for a film rig. The ME is basically the same camera, but only works as Aperture Priority. The ME Super lets you switch out of auto and use it fully manual. I have used a couple of each and the metering in mine seemed to work pretty well.
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