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05-01-2011, 05:11 AM   #1
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Help with Super Program: metering issue

I love my Super Program camera.

Recently I noticed when I half touch the shutter button it no longer checks light levels.

If I fully push the shutter before I crank the lever, then I can get a meter reading, but this is really annoying.

Any idea what might be causing this?

Help me rescue my favorite camera!

05-01-2011, 06:10 AM   #2
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I don't really know, but it's the same thing on my P50. As I've read, it's a common issue on P50 cameras. Doesn't really bother me much. One guy bought the winder instead of trying to fix the button, it was cheaper.
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check batteries it does this to me when batterie are nearly dead.
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If it is affected by the batteries try cleaning the battery contacts also.

I've got the Super-A (the Super Program everywhere else than in the U.S.) and it still works, but the LCD started to be a bit slow. Did a thorough cleaning, including A contacts, and now it works better again.

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what do you use to clean the contacts?

A q-tip and alcohol?
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QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
what do you use to clean the contacts?

A q-tip and alcohol?
A pencil eraser.


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OK, so cleaning and fresh batteries did nothing. Still the same.

But I noticed when I push the light button, then the meter works, and the +/- number appears.

What am I missing?
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is the lense well mounted ? did you turn it enought ? maybe contact lense are dirty ?


QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
then the meter works, and the +/- number appears.
usually it means it over or under exposed, with current settings.

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Contacts cleaned,
Lens on snugly,
New batteries,

Still on meters if I push the light button.

Other suggestions?
05-02-2011, 12:15 PM   #10
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My SuperProgram does this sometimes, but not often. With the P5, taking the film out and actuating the shutter a few hundred times helped.

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6 more shots on my roll of film, then I will try that Gene, thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
6 more shots on my roll of film, then I will try that Gene, thanks
I should have said pressing the shutter button a few hundred times. I don't know that it is necessary that the shutter actually be cocked and fired that many times.
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Thank you Gene!!!!!

It's alive again! cocked the shutter almost 150 times with no effect. What finally worked, I pushed lightly on the shutter (like you normally do to get a reading )while cocking it at the same time and instantly it came back to life!!!!

Thank you all for the help, i'm so happy to have my super program back in full health!!!!!
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spoke too soon. It fixes the problem, you're right, shutter doesn't need cocking, but after a shot, it stops working again
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spoke too soon. It fixes the problem, you're right, shutter doesn't need cocking, but after a shot, it stops working again
How will it fire it the shutter is not cocked? I am assuming it is still metering when you push the button.
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