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04-08-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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pentax sf1 blinking dx

perhaps a stupid question, but... i just bought this pentax sf1, loaded a new battery and some film, took one photo and i think something might have jammed. i can't see through the viewfinder now and it keeps blinking DX at me? not sure what i might have done.

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Usually, when they blink DX, it's because the camera cannot read the film speed information from the cannister. You could try turning it on and off and see if that fixes it. (Remove battery if needed) If not, then you can use a light-proof bag, open the camera inside the light proof bag, take the spool out, re-insert the spool, (All inside the bag so as to let no light in - or you'll ruin the film) and see if the pins pick up the film cannister this time. If not, retry, after cleaning the registration pins and the cannister. (All this assumes you're using a film cannister with the DX encoding on the outside - If not, then I think, somewhere, you can manually imput the film speed. (Sorry, my SFX is without a battery at the moment so I can't check and confirm!)

If you don't own a light-proof bag, get inside your bedroom closet in the middle of the night. That works too! (With all the lights off, of course)
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thank you mark! so i did that and it's no longer blinking DX but now it's blinking end-of-film, shucks. do you have any idea why i wouldn't be able to see through the viewfinder? i could fine before and now it's just black.

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thank you mark! so i did that and it's no longer blinking DX but now it's blinking end-of-film, shucks. do you have any idea why i wouldn't be able to see through the viewfinder? i could fine before and now it's just black.
No problem! Yes, for the end of film problem, (again in a pitch dark place) you could open and shut, while it's on, and it may think you've inserted a new film, which means it will wind on the film (so you'll lose a few shots) and will go back to showing that you're on the first exposure, but of course you'll be further along. If that does not work, you'll have to wind the film back into the canister but the problem is if you let the camera wind it back, it will wind it in completely, so you won't be able to re-start the film, without one of the little tools for pulling the film end out of the canister. (And I'm guessing you may not have one of those) You don't want to force the film off the spindle because you could damage the sprockets.

I'm not sure why you can't see through the viewfinder. Probably, the mirror is stuck in the up position? Once you have the film out safely, you can explore that problem.
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Remove lens to see (but not touch) the mirror position.

Cut up some used film to make extractor to get the film tongue out of cassette...

https://people.rit.edu/andpph/text-retriever.html

A changing bag is way useful...
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