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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-25-2019, 07:43 PM  
K-30 Aperture Solenoid Fix
Posted By peteedee
Replies: 14
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First I would to thank anyone who posted info and photos on this fix. After reading a bunch of threads I set out to try my repair so I thought I would share what I did.

The problem : I bought my K-30 used from the highly respectful B + H Photo out of N.Y.C. It is in excellent shape and came with the box and everything included. No sure how many photos it had on it, maybe 2000.
Only after a year I turned the camera on and took a photo and it was black. Took a few more and the photos slowly faded in. As time went by it took longer and more photos to fade in. Finally today's photo never
faded in. Tried the lens trick and no photo.
The Repair : Look for the thread that shows the photos of taking the camera apart. I put the camera right in front of computer on a piece of cardboard. I drew an outline of the camera and put the screws in place of the outline.
There are 3 different types of screws so be ready for that. The bottom comes off first. The solenoid is on the right side of the camera next to the lens after you that off the front. There is 1 screw that holds the solenoid
in place. There is paint around the screw, I suggest you get as much off as possible. The screw itself is tough to unscrew because of the battery compartment, you can't hold the screwdriver strait so I took off this wheel.
It's a philips head but I used a strait head that fit. I think this was a better choice. Once i removed the solenoid I pulled the magnet that is "U" shaped with a pair of hemostats. Used an Emory-board to sand it down. Washed it in
alcohol then put it back. Remember to mark the "U" magnet front and back so it goes back in the solenoid the same way it came out. Good luck. BTW. IT WORKED!
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