MZ5n - Pop-up flash not popping up.


beakynet

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 13:45
I have a problem with my MZ5n where the flash does not pop up - it is like a spring in the mechanisum has broken, there is no functional issue with the flash. This is the second time I have had this failure, the first time, some 15 years ago I think, I had the camera repaired via the shop I purchased it from.

My question is, is this now a Harrow Technical repare job or is it somethign that I can fix myself by taking the flash housing appart and re-assembling? I have the tools, but wondered if anyone else had experianced this type of failure and has any advice on attempting a self repair.
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 16:06
I know it's a common problem but I'm not sure if you can repair it yourself, I imagine you'll need a spare spring.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

beakynet

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 16:10
I once made a spring for my K10 grip after taking it appart to fix a stuck pin and watching one of the springs 'bounce' off the work surface ! It was quite a successfull repair!
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

scouter

Link Posted 08/01/2013 - 22:34
I had a broken flash unit on a MZ7 and I bought a none working body MZ7
on ebay for 3 and swap the flash unit over no problem now have a good MZ7 working flash.

Hardgravity

Link Posted 09/01/2013 - 08:22
If you search the other Pentax forum there are several threads on there about this.

Mine doesn't work either, and having taken a MZ50 apart, I'm loathe to try a repair,instead just relying on an external flash should I need one.

If you do have a go write a guide, it will be VERY popular!
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

I've some gallerieshere CLICKY LINK! and my PPG entries.

beakynet

Link Posted 09/01/2013 - 08:49
I may give it a try, apparently it is due to a plastic pin that deteriorates over time. The pin can be replaced, however one post else where recommend an allowance of two hours for the repair and to be prepared for frustration and eye strain! So I would first need to obtain a new pin! Suggestions of a non working ebay purchase is a sound idea. If I do give it a go, I will document the steps!
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

Hardgravity

Link Posted 09/01/2013 - 17:37
Quote:
If I do give it a go, I will document the steps!

At the risk of sounding a little mercenary, if you do and let me know I could post it on my Service Manuals site.
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

I've some gallerieshere CLICKY LINK! and my PPG entries.
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