MX self timer has stopped working


Epithet Man

Link Posted 24/05/2013 - 23:11
I recently acquired a MX from a well-known online auction site. This evening, my 8-year-old daughter was intrigued and I let her play with it for a few minutes. When I got my hands back on the camera, I found that the self-timer lever was loose. Pressing the little button doesn't activate the count-down any more, but the DOF preview still works (so presumably this means that the lever is connected correctly to the underlying mechanism).

Any ideas what may have happened and if there's any hope of fixing this?

Thanks,
EM

gartmore

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 07:08
The advice used to be that mechanical self timers should be operated on a regular basis to keep the clockwork mechanism in good condition. I'm guessing yours possibly hasn't been operated for many years and has now given up the ghost by being used.

It could certainly be repaired by a specialist
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
Last Edited by gartmore on 25/05/2013 - 07:08

Epithet Man

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 08:12
OK thanks Ken. I tested it a couple of times after receiving the camera and it worked fine, but your comment certainly makes sense.

johnriley

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 10:07
I'm vaguely remembering that after cocking the action of the lever will be loose until the mechanism is fired. Perhaps you didn't quite catch the release point of the small button, but I would think you tried it more than once.

Ken is absolutely right, it could be repaired.
Best regards, John

Gamka

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 11:21
johnriley wrote:
I'm vaguely remembering that after cocking the action of the lever will be loose until the mechanism is fired. Perhaps you didn't quite catch the release point of the small button, but I would think you tried it more than once.

Ken is absolutely right, it could be repaired.

Yes, it does stay loose until actually used and it does need to be taken past a certain point before the small button works.

Epithet Man

Link Posted 25/05/2013 - 20:48
Thanks for your comments. I've tried pressing the little button several times and have also rotated the lever as far as I can. Still no luck. My daughter is more upset about it than I am (my biggest disappointment is that the camera didn't come with the type of focusing screen that I was expecting from the manual).

EM

Hardgravity

Link Posted 26/05/2013 - 15:22
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