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[Need Repair] Pentax ES II - Needle Stuck

Posted 17/02/2017 - 02:16 Link
Hi all,

A week ago, I bought a body of Pentax ES II include 4 new LR44 batteries. I try to check the batteries with battery check dial and swith the mode to automatic, but no movement from the needle. It stuck below the 8 indicator. But when i try to shoot with auto mode, the shutter seems responsive with light (though the needle stay the same).

I tought it was cause the LR44 type battery, try to change with SR44 but still the same. The good thing is, AV mode seems good and responsive to light depend on what f i choose. I don't know about the auto speed accuracy, not trying with film yet. I'm just curious about the needle, would be much happier if it works. Wonder if anyone knows about this problem, and a way to fix it. Thanks before

Here is my Babies ES II

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*Try to load some film today, will post the result soon.

Long live analog!
Edited by popsy: 17/02/2017 - 02:19
Posted 17/02/2017 - 06:04 Link
Hi and welcome to the forum.

I assume when you state the shutter is "responsive" that you mean the shutter speed changes dependent on the available light.

In that case it does sound like the needle is stuck or the mechanism to move it broken, but even if the light meter is working, on such an old camera it may not be accurate at all.

You could run a test roll through it but be prepared for disappointment. It sounds like it needs repaired and the only solution will be to take it to a professional place to do that.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

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