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    pentax 6x7 winder stuck with film in

    i have bought one with the TTL meter prism. the counter on the winder lever is showing 10 exposures, however i'm unable to wind the camera on past this to take up the roll and remove it. what could be causing this? there is a roll in the camera.

    very happy with the camera though, this is a bonafide bomb proof brass body camera. things are just not made this well now.
    Last edited by pollux; 07-08-2010 at 08:19 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Stick it in a changing bag and open it up and feel inside. Hopefully its nothing major, and you can pull the film (if its there) an try to free up the winding mechanism.
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    This may sound obvious, but are you able to fire the shutter at all? (And if you're new to the 6X7, don't forget the shutter lock switch.) Just wondering if the winder mechanism is waiting on you to click the shutter and free it up. Also verify that you don't have the 120/220 switch set to 220 inadvertently.

    Not sure how useful those suggestions are, it's still early here

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    i removed the film however i'm not able to dry fire the shutter. i tried the method in the manual by rotating the exposure counter to the left. however it won't rotate. it's in the middle of the winder. are the exposure counters awkward on the 6x7? the camera is not beat up. the little dial is rotating but its stuck between 10 and 15.

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    Check the manual. If the battery is dead the shutter will stop. Look at the miror if it is half up and stuck there is a tool to reset it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcLaug351 View Post
    Check the manual. If the battery is dead the shutter will stop. Look at the miror if it is half up and stuck there is a tool to reset it.
    JOHN
    Agree with this, it sounds like cocked shutter. The button for releasing half up mirror should be on the front side.

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    ...You might not want to hear this, but I had a similar problem and my winder was broken. I sent it in to Eric Henderson for repairs. It was on my Pentax 67II so it was about $250 to repair. You might need to either repair or if it's the older Pentax 6x7, buy a new body or try to fix it yourself or sell it as parts.

    ...hope all works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcLaug351 View Post
    Check the manual. If the battery is dead the shutter will stop. Look at the miror if it is half up and stuck there is a tool to reset it.
    JOHN
    i reset the mirror and tried to dry fire it which worked. i didn't force anything before figuring it out. do you think i damaged the winder or any buttons? it just wouldn't wind on before i released the mirror. the shutter is firing normal, and sounds loud like a mortar.

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    [the shutter is firing normal, and sounds loud like a mortar.[/QUOTE]
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    I call my Pentax 6x7 my "iranian spy camera."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollux View Post
    i reset the mirror and tried to dry fire it which worked. i didn't force anything before figuring it out. do you think i damaged the winder or any buttons? it just wouldn't wind on before i released the mirror. the shutter is firing normal, and sounds loud like a mortar.
    As Anscojohn points out, that's about what you can expect. For some reason mine reminds me of the ping of an aluminum baseball bat connecting (it's not that metallic, but the first few shots were about that jarring).

    Now that you've got the mirror reset and it appears to be working fine, it probably is--6X7s are pretty rugged. I managed to, in the process of reloading, drop my taped-up roll of exposed film right on the shutter curtains, knocking one slightly out of the track. I envisioned $$$ in repair and shipping costs, but after a couple of shots, it was fine. The true test, of course, is to run another roll through it and see how it comes out.

    The shutter is dependent on the battery, though, so you may want to replace it if you don't know how old it is.

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