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04-10-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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shutter problems

Hi, I am extremely new to this. I bought a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic today. I've never used this type of camera. I am learning as I go. My current problem is my shutter. It keeps sticking. I take a picture, I advance the film, then I can not see anything through the viewer. What am I doing wrong???

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QuoteOriginally posted by trinityofgrace Quote
Hi, I am extremely new to this. I bought a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic today. I've never used this type of camera. I am learning as I go. My current problem is my shutter. It keeps sticking. I take a picture, I advance the film, then I can not see anything through the viewer. What am I doing wrong???
Just a guess, but that's more likely the mirror remaining in the up position - and blocking the view. This can happen with old cameras - as the foam from the inside of the camera (supposed to dampen the mirror) becomes sticky with time... If this is the case then you need a cleaning and sort of refurbishing of the worn parts.
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Most cameras of that age will need a CLA (clean, lubricate, adjust). This was normal for cameras then, they were designed to last a very long time but did require maintenance. As noted by @Caver the seals are starting to decay and get sticky and they will need replaced. You can buy kits online to replace them or have the camera sent it for a complete CLA. I would suggest the CLA if you just got it, often it will need lubricated & adjusted as well.
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Thank you both very much !!!! That is exactly the problem! I will call a shop to do the CLA. I do not trust myself to do it, lol.

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