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05-17-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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How do I remove this...?

I've just removed the lens from my camera and this ring is stuck in it and I can't seem to remove it. Any ideas?

I can't use another lens with it in there.

It's a camera I've not used for about 15 years but I want to get back into film cameras

Thanks for looking!

05-17-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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That a nice Pentax M42 adapter- don't lose it because it's valuable

To remove it, use your fingernail to depress the tab (in the adapter) that's next to the red dot, then turn counter-clockwise.

If you can't get it to budge, carefully use a pen or small screwdriver to depress the tab, then turn.

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05-17-2016, 01:16 PM   #3
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As per Adam's instructions. If you don't want to break nails or risk scratching things with a screwdriver, try breaking a cocktail stick in two and use the thick end to push that spring tab in towards the centre, then turn the adapter anti-clockwise as Adam says

Before you start using the camera, don't forget to clean the mount to get rid of any dirt and lubricant (I can see a reasonable amount on there). Alcohol optical wipes are good for this, or even just a dry lint-free cloth.
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You'll see how in this video:

It's ok if you don't have the tool used there, but that's the video that helped me

05-17-2016, 03:22 PM   #5
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Hey, welcome!
You see how there are two holes in the adapter? Use a (clean, dry!*) pen or your own finger nail to depress the little lever in one of the holes. If I remember right, you have to push it towards the inside, then you can spin the adapter out counter-clockwise, just like you would dismount a lens. When you turn enough degrees, it will be easy to take out. Viola!

*Make sure that the tool that you use, pen or pencil or file or whatever, does not drop bits or pieces or shavings or grime or ink or dirt inside of the camera. This is why special tools are used, or your own finger nail, if it is strong, long and thick enough.
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@rubenr - that's a great video. Explains it much better than words alone can
05-17-2016, 05:35 PM   #7
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the adapter is probably more valuable than the camera
05-17-2016, 05:58 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by sergysergy Quote
the adapter is probably more valuable than the camera
I was thinking the same thing.


06-08-2016, 09:31 AM   #9
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QuoteOriginally posted by sergysergy Quote
the adapter is probably more valuable than the camera
Wow! I didn't know this, thank you! I will look after both
06-08-2016, 10:54 AM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by sergysergy Quote
the adapter is probably more valuable than the camera
Probably,.... I picked up a P30 in great condition with an extremely adjustable flash and a 35-70 f2.8 zoom for AU$55 late in 2015.
The flash gets used regularly, and the zoom when I need a fast lens for recording interviews in less then perfect lighting.
The P30 is stored for another day,...
06-08-2016, 02:05 PM   #11
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I hate that thing.

Used once for shooting with the LX using the Macro Tak, then I lost half an hour for removing it.

So I decided to buy an A50mm f2.8 macro one of these days.
06-08-2016, 02:29 PM   #12
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Some third party adapters include a removal tool.
That said I'd still go with the original Pentax brand.


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