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01-23-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
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Spotmatic SP. Can't get film door open.

I picked up a Spotmatic SP at a yard sale for a couple bucks. No lens, but it seems to be in decent condition.

I felt like there is film in it, so I snapped a few until it seemed to be at the end of the roll, so I rewound the film until it felt like it has been rolled back into the canister. NOW, I can't get the film door to open. When I pull up on the rewind knob and turn the crank, it doesn't disengage the door lock.

Any ideas ?

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Wow. I finally got it open. It took quite a bit of pressure, and I almost broke a nail. LOL

IT will be fun to see what's on the roll of Kodak Gold 200 that was in there.

Another question, since I have wasted a post on something I ended up solving myself...

What is this thing on the back of the eyepiece?
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Brown Quote
I picked up a Spotmatic SP at a yard sale for a couple bucks. No lens, but it seems to be in decent condition.

I felt like there is film in it, so I snapped a few until it seemed to be at the end of the roll, so I rewound the film until it felt like it has been rolled back into the canister. NOW, I can't get the film door to open. When I pull up on the rewind knob and turn the crank, it doesn't disengage the door lock.

Any ideas ?

thank
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I think the cradle closes below the eyepiece to help prevent the accessory shoe from accidentally sliding off

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Ah....the clue I missed is the name on it. Mamiya-Sekor. I noticed that and lifted it up and it slid right off. A strange accessory that I have never seen before

I guess people would put these cold shoes on and then plug the flash into one of the sockets to the left of the lens?
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Ah....the clue I missed is the name on it. Mamiya-Sekor. I noticed that and lifted it up and it slid right off. A strange accessory that I have never seen before

I guess people would put these cold shoes on and then plug the flash into one of the sockets to the left of the lens?
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Better than the alternative method.... (AKA "get a bigger hammer")


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Now, I just need to find a good, cheap lens and then try it out. Suggestions?

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The 50mm or 55mm Super-Taks can produce lovely photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Brown Quote
I picked up a Spotmatic SP at a yard sale for a couple bucks. No lens, but it seems to be in decent condition.

I felt like there is film in it, so I snapped a few until it seemed to be at the end of the roll, so I rewound the film until it felt like it has been rolled back into the canister. NOW, I can't get the film door to open. When I pull up on the rewind knob and turn the crank, it doesn't disengage the door lock.

Any ideas ?

thank
The last SLR I purchased, an Argus-Cosina STL-1000, I have to force up the rewind shaft using a knife to get the film cassette in and out (the back itself opens easily with a small lever). I suspect it took a whack in shipment due to inadequate packing, and the carton was visibly damaged, though no obvious sign of damage to the body or the rewind shaft.
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I have to force up the rewind shaft using a knife
Sometimes a dab of grease does wonders.
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Sometimes a dab of grease does wonders.
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