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12-12-2020, 06:24 PM   #1
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Pentax K2 Shutter speed problem

My Pentax K2 was working all right until I started having some problems with the shutter speed. Today I was using the camera on automatic mode, and the photometer was (apparently) working, or at least the needle seemed to move, so I didn't mind the speed the shutter was firing at. Later I tried setting the speed at 1 second and noticed that the shutter was clicking too fast; then I set it at 2 seconds, and had the same result; 4 seconds, same thing; 8, etc. Bulb mode worked. I can shoot at all speeds, but the shutter only fires at this unknown speed regardless of which speed I set it at, with the exception of bulb mode.
I tried to check for the batteries. The battery check button doesn't seem to work, but the photometer needle is still moving. Can it be the batteries still? Or does the button have a separate problem, along with the shutter?
The camera was working fine until I got it from a repair shop, where I sent it to adjust the ISO ring. There is a possibility that something went awry during the repair, but I can't be sure.


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12-12-2020, 06:40 PM   #2
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did you adjust the iso at all and still get the same exposure reading and shutter speed that seems to be occurring........
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did you adjust the iso at all and still get the same exposure reading and shutter speed that seems to be occurring........
Yes, I did that. I changed the ISO and still got the same shutter speed. I even covered the lens with the lens cap and tried shooting in auto, to see if it would fire at a slow shutter speed, but still got the same thing.
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The photometer changes the recommended shutter speed if I change the ISO, so I think it's working. I don't know if the batteries are causing the problem...

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What mode?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mdgjj123 Quote
The battery check button doesn't seem to work
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If B works and every other setting results in 1/125s, the battery is dead (upside down maybe?). If the battery check lamp does not light, battery dead.


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What mode?
Speed priority mode.

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If B works and every other setting results in 1/125s, the battery is dead (upside down maybe?). If the battery check lamp does not light, battery dead.


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Thank you. I thought of that, but wouldn't the photometer stop working too?

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QuoteOriginally posted by mdgjj123 Quote
Speed priority mode.

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Thank you. I thought of that, but wouldn't the photometer stop working too?
In modern digital cameras if the battery is low nothing works because everything is run by a microprocessor. In an old camera like the K2, when the battery is low the simple meter circuitry might work to move the needle, even though the voltage is too low to run the more complex shutter control circuity. Hopefully new batteries will get it working. You might also make certain the battery contacts are clean since most of these old cameras have at least some corrosion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mdgjj123 Quote
I don't know if the batteries are causing the problem...
could very well be
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Bought new batteries and tested everything. It's working now, thankfully. Thank you for your help.
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Rule one for any battery-powered items - always carry spare batteries !
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Bought new batteries and tested everything. It's working now,
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