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05-06-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Rewinding problem on K-1000

My wife used my camera and attempted to rewind the camera without pushing the rewind button for a few minutes. She was not aware of the button nor how the rewind mechanism should feel. Now there is a roll of film stuck in the camera at it's end and the rewind lever has absolutely no tension or sign of engaging the film. Instead, the lever makes a faint clicking sound when the button is depressed during rewinding. Is the rewind mechanism broken so easily or is it even broken? How do I find and solve this issue?

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05-06-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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Most likely, it is the film that is broken.


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Can I distinguish between a broken rewind mechanism and broken film? Can the film be retrieved to be developed ?
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I took the chance and found that the film had simply rolled right out of the film casing. The camera seems fine.

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Yep, happens every time. The film's attachment inside the cassette is WAYY weaker than the rewind mechanism. However I guess it is possible on some of the K1000s with a plastic fork to break the rewind fork doing that, particularly if it has become a bit brittle.
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Probably the easiest way to know for sure is to open the camera either in a changing bag or similar dark place and check it out. If you do this, and the film is broken you can roll it by hand and pop it into a black film canister and drop it off for development. Most places can deal with this.
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Thanks for the advice. So, just to recap, I need to ensure that I rewind the film at exposure #24 to avoid the film pulling out of its case?
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I don't think that's necessary. On my MX I can usually pull up to about 27 frames (counting 0, and sometimes 00 if I'm lucky). I find that the advancing lever just gets stuck when your done...just don't force anything. It's always a bad sign.

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I was not using the camera when the film ran out so I am unable to say what was felt during the last film advance. I know that I am able to feel that final advance which often does not fully cock the shutter. I have also had more than 24 pictures out of a 24 exposure film. I am glad that the camera is still functioning well though. It takes great pictures.
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