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03-03-2016, 11:03 PM   #16
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I have a ZX-L with the same problem, and I would like to know where I could it it repaired.

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More than likely this guy.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/273314-change-address-eric.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rick in Ohio Quote
I have a ZX-L with the same problem, and I would like to know where I could it it repaired.

Rick
I just sent my ZX-M in to Eric yesterday. I wonder how long we will be able to get these older models fixed.
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I thought that Eric had stopped working on the ZX series cameras. They were not listed on his home page the last time I looked there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rick in Ohio Quote
I thought that Eric had stopped working on the ZX series cameras. They were not listed on his home page the last time I looked there.

Rick
Hmm, well then I imagine I will get it back and will toss it as a bad investment.
Though I thought in the article he mentioned recently that those parts were available from Ricoh again.
I hope so, and he has just not updated his page to reflect that yet.

Oh well, if the ZX series is dead, then i'll get my MX in for service instead.

Bummer, because I kinda like the feature set of the ZX-M and ZX-5.
I just wish they had cable release socket and a pc sync socket.
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I asked him recently and he said the parts were no longer available. I waited too long...
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I have two cameras that potentially could have problems. My MZ5n I bought in 2000 but was not my most used camera. The MZ7 I bought with two lenses for $50. For film I mainly shoot medum format but I like to have the option of shooting 35mm. When out shooting with a ESII last weekend I found my eyesight did not work good with the focusing screen. If one of my MZ cameras stopped working I would just use the other one. If that one was to die I would have the choice of reparing it myself or buying a new one which might be cheaper than sending it in for repair/ Perhaps if it was the MZ5n that went I would try to fix it myself while using the MZ7.
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QuoteOriginally posted by redrockcoulee Quote
I have two cameras that potentially could have problems. My MZ5n I bought in 2000 but was not my most used camera. The MZ7 I bought with two lenses for $50. For film I mainly shoot medum format but I like to have the option of shooting 35mm. When out shooting with a ESII last weekend I found my eyesight did not work good with the focusing screen. If one of my MZ cameras stopped working I would just use the other one. If that one was to die I would have the choice of reparing it myself or buying a new one which might be cheaper than sending it in for repair/ Perhaps if it was the MZ5n that went I would try to fix it myself while using the MZ7.
From my reading, the only repair possible is to replace the motor with one that has the metal gear, or to replace the plastic gear on that motor with a metal gear.

Technically you could replace the broken plastic gear with a new plastic gear, but it's a silly repair job, the plastic gears break, then it's done.

From what people are saying, neither the motor, nor the gear is currently available, so repair is no longer possible.

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I had sent my ZX-M to Eric, and it was returned today with the note that the repair parts are no longer available.

Oh well.
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I just ordered the gears, that are still available from HERE:

Mikroantriebe KK Produkcja Zahnrad, Schnecken und Car System Onlineshop-Zahnrad / Trieb M0.25 / 13 Zhne

If you order you must change the drill/hole diameter to 1.5 mm
Change the width to 2.0 mm
and the material to brass

with shipping, for three of these gears, the cost was $20.93 USD

On the 4th page of this thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/39450-mz5n-m...ce-manual.html
is the procedure that works for replacing just the gear, without the complete removal of the motor.

I will report back if/when I manage the repair on my ZX-M and ZX-5

Eric would not repair my ZX-M as he cannot get the correct pentax parts. I wonder if he might be willing to order these gears and just replace the gears.
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Mike, It would be interesting if Eric could use that new gear you bought, to fix the ZX cameras. Let the group know if your repair work.

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Its not too late. Eric fixed my ZX-5n just a few months ago with a brass mirror motor unit I found off of this site:

PENTAX MIRROR MOTOR UNIT FOR ZX-L, ZX-10, ZX-50, ZX-60, ZX-S0,ZX-5, MZ-6, MZ-10, MZ-5N, ZX-5N, MZ-3. MZ-10

I bought the part separately and asked if he would be willing to make the repair. He agreed to give it a try. I mailed the camera and part off to him, and he was able to install the unit successfully without a hitch. Along with a CLA, it works just as good as new now. I'm very happy with the service and repair.

Good luck!
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Thank you winsher for the lead about the mirror motor unit for the MZ cameras. I may look into it in the near future.

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