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04-03-2019, 02:36 PM   #1
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Pentax LX back wonít open

Hi everyone.

I recently acquired a LX, raised up the rewind lever but the camera back refuses to open like itís still latched. I know the LX used different seal material from earlier models so in general doesnít deteriorate causing the back to stick so am unsure what I am doing wrong or if itís a mechanical issue with the rewind lever not lifting the matching mechanism. All help would be greatly appreciated.

04-03-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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It’s probably stuck on the light seal. The mechanism is pretty robust. You might have to pry it open if it hasn’t been used for a while.
04-03-2019, 05:43 PM   #3
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The film door is pressed from thin metal and might be slightly deformed (bent),
making it seal very tight. This may cause the latch mechanism to bind as well.

I have owned a couple of used 35mm cameras that seemed to have this problem.
I can't imagine how this could happen; I guess some owners aren't real careful.

04-04-2019, 11:24 AM   #4
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Try squeezing the back against the body and releasing it while pulling up on the handle.

04-04-2019, 02:51 PM   #5
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Interesting, I bought an LX from eBay about 6 weeks ago in great shape. The camera arrived and I couldn't open the film back either!

it turned out that someone had used super-glue to tack-down some of the leather cover near the door opening-- it had run into the seam and glued the door shut! Obviously I sent it back for a refund, and it explained why there where *no* photos of the film compartment in the original listing, my goodness.

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