1) Self timer should stay put until you depress the shutter button,
2) Meter should immediately return to original value when returning to the light source. Sounds like you may have a sticky needle pivot in the D' Arsonval movement, this may clear itself over time. Meter movements are extremely fragile and if you mess with it you may kill it permanently. Soft batteries (or dirty battery contacts) could also be responsible for sluggish meter movement. With non-use battery contacts oxidize and make poor contact. Use pencil eraser to clean contacts.
3) I would guess the camera hasn't been used in quite a while and the non-use is responsible for both issues. Just give the camera a good workout and give the self timer some exercise every day and these issues may disappear.
Last edited by Fred Aspen; 03-20-2013 at 10:56 AM. Click to view previous post history.