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02-14-2019, 04:42 PM   #1
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Spotmatic F meter repair

Are completely non-responsive meters in these cameras generally repairable? I picked up a very nice condition Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic F for next to nothing. Everything seems to work fine except the meter is dead. the needle just sits in the middle no matter where I set shutter speed or aperture. Even on B and 100 iso (the manual's instruction for testing the battery) the needle doesn't budge.

I searched and couldn't find a service manual online. Has anyone had luck with meter repair with Pentaxs? I was going to send in my MX next, but if Eric can fix the meter, I might bump it to the head of the line.

02-14-2019, 05:21 PM   #2
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Have you had the bottom plate off? There's a contact point at the bottom of the battery chamber,that sometimes gets corroded.I'd look there first.
02-14-2019, 05:23 PM   #3
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Eric has repaired Spotmatic meters for me, replacing dead CdS cells, etc.
If he’s too busy, as I posted today, Don Goldberg (great Leica specialist) is now also repairing Pentax SLRs up through K1000, and he specifically mentioned the Spotmatic F. He’s fixed a Leicaflex meter for me, and has also rebuilt external Leica meters. DAG Camera.
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Thanks for the info. I haven't looked taken anything apart, but but battery compartment looks very clean, so I don't know what to expect. The whole camera is in pretty good condition, so I'd like to make it a shooter, especially since it can do open aperture metering, which is useful.

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