Pentax 67 repair costs

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  1. spoolman

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    I have the opportunity to pick up a Pentax 67 that has a few body dings, no lens, shutter doesn't fire, no handle and a TTL prism. Has anyone any experience with repair costs for this camera. If I buy this camera I'm looking to swap out the TTL prism for a regular one. Are the lenses and wooden handle very expensive. This appears to be the 6711 due to the fact that all of the corners are rounded off and the body has that smooth surface. If I buy this camera it will replace about 4 different cameras.

    The purchase price is below 100.00 US

    Any thoughts and help would be greatly appreciated.

    Doug:smile:
     
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    Eric Hendrickson (http://pentaxs.com/index.html) is considered the "go to" pentax repair person. He would be your best source for an estimate. However, if you shutter doesn't fire, hard to know what is actually wrong.

    But, IIRC, the 67 won't fire without film in the camera. So it might be fine.

    Based on my casual looks in the past couple of years, normal and long lenses are pretty cheap, wides are somewhat expensive. But a quick trip to keh.com will tell you best.

    I used a early 6x7 for aerial photography many years ago. I found the wooden grip indispensable for handheld use.
     
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    Thanks for the info mgb74. Does anyone know what type of battery is used to power the shutter and are they easy to find?.

    Doug:smile:
     
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    The battery for all 6x7 and 67 bodies is a tiny 6V 4LR44, available at electronics stores. Once in the clasp in the base of the camera, a 6-monthly check should be made to ensure there is no leakage. When the camera is not in use, even with film loaded, switch the shutter speed dial to B — leaving the dial on any shutter speed with the shutter cocked will eventually make the shutter speeds quite inaccurate. A shutter that does not fire even with a fresh battery and film loaded has dead solenoids or circuit problems (the shutter and timing circuit itself is very rudimentary but calibrating speeds is a very specialised job).
     
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    I'm newbee too on the 67 but I know if you turn the film counter to 1 or past 1 position and close the back, you can easily fire away an empty 67 to test it.
     
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    I've tried the wooden grip and didn't get on with it.

    The 105/2.4 is excellent as is the 45/4.0.

    Regular prism is still a heavy beast. The WLF is much lighter, and I prefer the camera with the WLF except for some portrait situations.
     
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    A good buddy of mine owns a Pentax 6x7 outfit with a bunch of lenses. He has owned it for I know over 20 years. A couple years ago he bought a Hasselblad outfit and looked to sell his Pentax gear. When he saw how cheap everything was going he decided to just keep it all.

    The lenses are very good and most go pretty cheap now so it is an inexpensive system to get into.