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09-08-2010, 04:08 AM   #16
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This worked in a KX, so it may work in the Spottie
Move the Dial for speeds a few times; also move the dial of ISOs a few times back and forth
Also rub the battery contacts with a pencil eraser just to be sure the lightmeter is getting enough power
Other than that the CLA is weel worth every penny

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Thanks. I have rotated all of the wheels a number of times. And I had a brand new battery (have tested with two different ones). I honestly feel that the CLA would be worth it if it were an F or an ES II... but I would rather have a known working example of one of those than to have a refurbished SP II I think. I dunno - I'm still thinking about it.
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You do have another option:
4. Use the SP II meterless, with a hand held meter
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True, but using an external meter would sometimes be very inconvenient... especially with distant subjects/longer lenses.

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... otherwise, there's an adjustment pot that you may be able to access (and clean!) that may be causing some of your problem, e.g. this post
The Classic Camera Repair Forum: Pentax SP II meter adjustment
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QuoteOriginally posted by spores Quote
So I am to assume that:
1. The metering system and the lens are talking to each other, but the meter is grossly miscalculating.
2. Sending this camera for a CLA and meter fix will cost more than $70
3. Buying a known working spotmatic F or ES II would only run about $100

Does that all sound correct to you guys?
This does sound correct. I understand why you would want to go with a working open aperture version over doing the CLA on a body that is not a perfect match for you. I think the others just feel it a shame that such a venerable and near-good camera is not rehabilitiated to a place where it will last another 30 years. I must agree

I am starting a retirement ranch for old gear that no-one wants. I'm not kidding. A place to assess, photograph and list equipment that others might want and will take the time to rehabilitate.

I just added an OLD ES to the collection and have a number of Spotmatics as well. I'll be posting these soon in an "adopt a body" thread. If you would like to do something responsible and pass this unwanted SPII along to the retirement ranch, I am sure that I can find a good home for it. I'll pay postage.

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QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
This does sound correct. I understand why you would want to go with a working open aperture version over doing the CLA on a body that is not a perfect match for you. I think the others just feel it a shame that such a venerable and near-good camera is not rehabilitiated to a place where it will last another 30 years. I must agree

I am starting a retirement ranch for old gear that no-one wants. I'm not kidding. A place to assess, photograph and list equipment that others might want and will take the time to rehabilitate.

I just added an OLD ES to the collection and have a number of Spotmatics as well. I'll be posting these soon in an "adopt a body" thread. If you would like to do something responsible and pass this unwanted SPII along to the retirement ranch, I am sure that I can find a good home for it. I'll pay postage.

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This sounds like a really cool idea. I love the concept, I've seen so many old broken cameras around that are probably just going to get pitched. I always feel like I should salvage them, but my wallet rarely agrees. If there's anything I can do to help the "retirement ranch" along, let me know.
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