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05-03-2021, 10:54 PM   #1
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Problems metering on the Pentax Spotmatic ESII

Hey, I recently bought a Pentax ESII for its auto-exposure on SMC M42 lenses, but the meter is giving me problems.


The meter only works when I depress the shutter button with considerable force and electronic shutter seems to fire at one speed.

I got new batteries (LR44) which are alkaline instead of the silver oxide recommended in the manual and i've read somewhere that alkaline batteries don't have a stable current like the silver oxide ones, could this be why the light meter seems to work only when forced?

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05-04-2021, 04:58 AM   #2
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Probably the issue is dirty/worn electrical contacts in the shutter button.
When you say the shutter seems to fire at one speed, what happens in B (Bulb) mode?
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Electronics in that particular model are quite unreliable. I bought one here in the forums and the seller said it was working perfectly. Not true.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sergysergy Quote
Electronics in that particular model are quite unreliable. I bought one here in the forums and the seller said it was working perfectly. Not true.
??? Bad seller

Other than despair, is there advice for the OP? Other owners on this site seem rather happy with their ESIIs.


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QuoteOriginally posted by baloyithomas Quote
The meter only works when I depress the shutter button with considerable force and electronic shutter seems to fire at one speed.
Firstly...is the shutter lock switch in the unlocked position?

So...the meter does not turn on with light touch (needle in the viewfinder will respond to light) of the shutter button? Do the manual speeds work or is the shutter balky with those as well?

If the camera was sold as being in working condition, now may be a good time to talk with the seller. If sold "as is", it may be repairable, but probably not inexpensively.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
??? Bad seller

Other than despair, is there advice for the OP? Other owners on this site seem rather happy with their ESIIs.


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My comment on the seller was anecdotal
I have read posts here about the unreliable electronics and how they cannot be fixed due to the lack of parts.
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