Mamiya M645 winding knob

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Jerevan, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Jerevan

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    Okay, I am at a loss... Can't figue this. Hopefully someone can help me a bit further along.

    I got a Mamiya 645 (original model) in the mail. Looks nice and it all seems promising. However, it turns out I can't get it to fire the shutter, except by winding it with the knob.

    I looked in the manual, tried it with film in single, tried it in multi with film, tried without film in any imaginable variation I could think of. No amount of pressure on either of the shutter buttons makes any difference.

    Well, after all this, I removed the knob and when I inserted it again and wound on it so that it gripped onto the camera, I could see that the upper shutter button moves.

    When I try to wind it onto the next frame, it seems okay to wind until there's some resistance. If I then turn it a little bit further, the mirror and the shutter moves. I guess it should stop just there, but it's not. It's like the shutter opens and closes by winding on, but not pressing the shutter button.

    The manual mentions a red button/mark where I should insert the knob, but there is none, so I don't which way it should sit to be correct. Would that matter in this case? I was thinking along the lines that if it was inserted incorrectly, it would activate some kind of function for the winder accessories.

    Yes, I am thinking it is busted, but hope springs eternal, right? :smile:
     
  2. ZugPhoto

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    You must make sure your battery is not dead.
     
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    The advance should stop when the camera's fully wound.
    I'll agree that you should check the battery first but think it would not fire if the battery is dead.
    The position of the adv. knob should make no difference to the camera and you should be able to advance the camera without the knob installed. Might chip a fingernail though.
    I'd suggest replacing the battery & if that doesn't fix it contact the seller about a repair or refund
     
  4. Jerevan

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    Thanks, I'll look into the battery issue. I don't think this is it, because the battery check on-camera says it's okay, but I'll try with another battery, just because. I'll remove the knob and try that, too.
     
  5. Jerevan

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    I decided to return the camera. Stupid idea buying it in the first place, but hey, I learnt something new. :smile:

    Thanks for the answers.