P30N stuck on self timer


Link Posted 15/11/2020 - 11:00
Hi, my Father has a P30N which is stuck on the 10 second timer function. It fires the shutter like normal after the 10 seconds, but will not go back to normal operation. Does anyone have any ideas how to fix it? Thank you in advance.


Link Posted 15/11/2020 - 20:09
If I remember correctly, the timer is a simple switch. Do you mean it uses the timer even when the switch is not set to do so?
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Link Posted 16/11/2020 - 12:11
The power and self timer are part of the same switch on the top plate. To turn on the power, you push the switch forward, to engage self timer, there is a button just infront that is then held down, and the switch is pushed forward a few more milimetres, which exposes the letters ST.
The image is with self timer mode selected. However without pressing the button or pushing the switch up to ST it still does a self timer.


Link Posted 16/11/2020 - 12:28
I suspect that some corrosion or gunk has got into the switch. Perhaps its time to send it off for a CLA?
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Link Posted 18/12/2020 - 17:20
the plastic cover for the film wind lever on my P30n fell off ! I have put a touch of Super-Glue on it --
been a member of Pentax Club since the Ron Spillman era! Got COMPUTERISED at last - DIGITISED? Taken the PLUNGE - BUT FILM STILL RULES !!!


Link Posted 19/12/2020 - 01:07
You can pick up working copies for peanuts on E bay so unless its a sentimental item I'd just replace it. I've never understood why they are so despised 'cos it really is a most capable machine. They just look plasticky I suppose?
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