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09-26-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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How do I fix a P30t with a stuck mirror?

Decided to give this film photography lark a go.
Luckily I've had a P30t hanging around for a few years, which I bought for the A50mm f/1.4 that came with it.

I tried to fire off a shot without any film in it and now the mirror will not return to its original position.
I've since gone and bought 2 new batteries in case this was the problem, but the mirror is still there.
The mirror can be moved back down by hand, but it won't stay down.
There is a little round (what I assume to be) release thing to the left of the camera as I look inside it. I haven't been able to move that so that the mirror can be kept down.

Any advice for this film newbie?

09-26-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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The only pertinent thread on the P30T itself I could find P30T with the mirror stuck in the up position

Moving the shutter seems to be the fix for most Pentax cameras with a stuck-but-movable mirror
09-26-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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Just a thought, does it have a lens on it, that the mirror might be hitting.
A friend of mine borrowed a lens for his canon film camera, and it caught the mirror keeping it up until he removed the lens
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Just a thought, does it have a lens on it, that the mirror might be hitting.
A friend of mine borrowed a lens for his canon film camera, and it caught the mirror keeping it up until he removed the lens
Thanks for the replies!

No, it had an FA 35mm on at the time and removing that hasn't made any difference.

The shutter seems to be fully down, as in the little hinges are at the bottom as I look at it. Is that the correct position?

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The "bottom" hinge's rivet should be below the frame when the shutter actuation is complete. If it's up higher, like that pic in the link shows, then it needs to continue upwards.

If you look in back and see 6-7 "blades" instead of the "hinges," it means the shutter is cocked.

I'm not familiar with auto-wind cameras, unfortunately On manual cameras, going under the bottom plate is the next step...
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There's a good P30t for sale in the market place for $10 at the moment.
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There's a good P30t for sale in the market place for $10 at the moment.
Not anymore!
09-29-2009, 06:14 AM   #8
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My P30t seems to have fixed itself.
Brought it in to college for the photography lecturer to take a look and the mirror had returned to the correct position.
Fired off a few shots and the problem hasn't recurred, so far.

I fear the camera may still be useless to me. Never realised it can only take film up to ISO1600. Unfortunately I primarily want it for gigs that need 3200.

Any suggestions for a cheap body that can handle faster film? Preferably one that has an exposure compensation feature.


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Any suggestions for a cheap body that can handle faster film? Preferably one that has an exposure compensation feature.
go with a Super Program/Super A. It's a really great, extermely versitle camera. It's probably the best MF pentax body out there for under $100.
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go with a Super Program/Super A. It's a really great, extermely versitle camera. It's probably the best MF pentax body out there for under $100.
Bought myself a superA a few days ago
PENTAX SUPER A SLR CAMERA (BOX)+1:2 LENS+35-135MM ZOOM on eBay (end time 06-Oct-09 19:30:10 BST)
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