K1000 Mirror Not Flipping

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  1. ChristopherCoy

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    My sister in law is in the process of packing up her house to move, and they found her husbands cameras from his college art classes years ago.

    This K1000 seems like it works, but is in serious need of a CLA. But the mirror is stuck in the up position. I can push it down with my finger and it stays down, but if you trip the shutter it stays up.

    My question is... is this a relatively inexpensive fix?

    I've long wanted a K1000 and almost bought on off the bay. Are they pretty easy and cheap to restore to operating status?

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    It shouldn't be too bad. I had a spotmatic with the same problem and sent it to Eric Hendrickson. He did excellent work and charged about $65 for the repair, seals and CLA. You can contact Eric at http://pentaxs.com/

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    The mirror may just be sticking to the foam bumper at the top of the mirror box.
    The foam gets gooey with age. It is quite easy to replace with similar thickness foam from a craft store. Or you can find foam light seal kits on eBay and such that will probably include the mirror bumper. If the foam has deteriorated it is probably safe to assume the foam seals etc in the rest of the camera are in a similar condition and need to be replaced.
     
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    Thanks! I'll contact Eric. $65 doesn't sound bad at all. I'd probably have to do the same with anything I'd buy.
     
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    Another vote of confidence for Eric, he did a great job on my ME Super....

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    A K1000 actually had a problem?! I thought these things were indestructible and immortal! Glad it sounds like an easy fix.
     
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    I can recommend Eric Hendrickson, he has serviced all my Pentax cameras (SV and Spotmatic) and he does a very good job.

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    Ahhh, someone who gets it.

    So many people say "A CLA is more than the camera is worth- if this one quits I'll just get another".


    And yes, Eric does thorough and conscientious work.
     
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    I certainly don't want to dissuade you from having a CLA done, but I have to second mwdake's post about the mirror bumper foam. I've seen a few SLRs act dodgy like that or even erratic until I've replaced that foam. The strips of fuzz from a 35mm film canister work well, cut down to size and attached with a bit of rubber cement.
     
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    +1 on the mirror bumper foam causing the mirror to stick. I was given a lovely looking Nikkormat Ftn with this as it's only problem; I replaced the foam with felt.
     
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    Repair will cost more than the camera is worth. Cheaper to buy a working one.
     
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    Use Your Camera

    Have you checked flea bay prices on K1000 cameras lately? $65 is not bad at all. If this camera has not been used for many years there are likely other little issues that Eric will find and correct. Simply replacing the mirror bumper foam may not be the only TLC the camera needs.

    As for the K1000 being immortal, they are pretty darned close. I have a 1980s model K1000 that has been used fairly regular for 30 years with no repairs needed, and still takes excellent images. Any faults in the pictures can easily be laid to the feet of the photographer, not the camera. However, any camera that does not get used for many years will certainly develop problems, even one that is so simple and seemingly indestructible as the infamous K1000.

    Save A Camera - USE ONE TODAY!!
     
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    See, this is what I was talking about.:blink:

    Have you seen what K1000's sell for, even without a CLA?

    It's often a false economy. If the replacement fails, you have to buy yet another one. The used one is an unknown quantity- it might go a long time or it might quit next week. If the camera is going to be sold, it might not be worth getting a CLA. If the camera is going to be used, it makes sense to do it. The CLA pays off over time, as you get the use out of it. And for 65 bucks you know your camera will work when you want it to. Cheap insurance, I'd say.


    For $65 or so the camera is cleaned and relubed, all foam replaced, ready to go reliably for many more years. And recently CLA'd cameras do sell for more, generally. A quality CLA by Eric Hendrickson or other reputable repairer is worth every cent.
     
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    +1
     
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    The difference in price between buying another old beater and making your current old beater as good as new is a couple of Happy Meals. I'd much rather work with a restored camera than eat a Happy Meal.
     
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    I'd rather have explosive diarrhea in public than eat a Happy Meal.
     
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    Oh man, talk about entertainment value.
     
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    Yes, compared to eating McFood it's a win-win situation! :smile:

    edit- You could photograph the event with your recently CLA'd camera.
     
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    KEH is selling well used K1000's for up to $150-$200 right now. And they are no better than most that are available. It's a great camera but the prices are absurd. At least w/ a CLA you'll know what you've got, and functioning properly. I think a $65 CLA would be worth it.
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    WOW! So I can shoot E. von Hoegh's exploding diarrhea with my recently CLA'd K1000 and still have $85-135 for more Happy Meals.

    Actually, I did recently get a $100 CLA on a 1940's Zeiss that I bought for $100 a couple years ago. Completed eBay listings show they're going for $150-200 in unknown condition.
     
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    Eat the Happy Meal and you will probably get your wish for the diarrhea.
     
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    That occurred to me after I made the post. Probably some subconscoius link between McD's and diarrhea.
     
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    WOW! Dont pay attention to a thread for a few days and look what happens! Happy meals and explosive diarreah! LOL! :D


    I emailed Eric, and I'll be sending the K1000 off next week.
     
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    Yes, from mirror buffers to.....:blink:. Digitographers aren't nearly as much fun.