Jammed Spotmatic shutter

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Norm Fleming, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. Norm Fleming

    Norm Fleming Guest

    A few new threads on old Spotmatics encouraged me to post this.

    After years of faultless use, the shutter on my Spotmatic has jammed. The
    shutter will not trip and the film will not wind on.

    I gather this is not uncommon with Spotmatics.

    Anyone got a quick do-it-yourself fix? Most repair shops will charge around
    $120 for next to nothing these days.

    Thanks for help Cheers

    Norm Fleming
    Norm Fleming, Jan 5, 2005
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  2. If the shutter has jammed with the curtains open, you can close them by
    VERY GENTLY pushing one or both curtains to the end of their run.

    Worked for me a couple of times in the past.

    Chris Loffredo, Jan 5, 2005
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  3. Norm Fleming

    Guest Guest

    If the mirror is half way down, you can GENTLY pull the mirror down and let
    it flop back up. I have done this to a few Pentax cameras over the years
    and it worked for me but YMMV.
    Guest, Jan 6, 2005
  4. I have a complete Spotmatic repair manual, that I will be scanning and
    posting on my web site once I have completed posting the Takumar lens data
    sheets. It contains exploded views of the internal parts, and it may be
    helpful to you. It will be uploaded hopefully by month's end. Sorry I
    can't do it immediately, but I'm trying to be methodical about configuring
    the new site.

    Larry Yaremko
    www.yaremko.com Spotmatic Web Site
    Larry Yaremko, Jan 6, 2005
  5. Norm Fleming

    Norm Fleming Guest

    Thanks Chris - unfortunately it's jammed with the curtains closed.

    Norm Fleming, Jan 6, 2005
  6. Norm Fleming

    Norm Fleming Guest

    Thanks - already tried the gentle mirror twiddling to no avail.

    Norm Fleming, Jan 6, 2005
  7. Norm Fleming

    Mike Guest

    The most common cause for this type of jam is an un-cocked mirror mechanism.
    To correct the problem remove the bottom cover. With the lens facing away
    from you look for a lever to the
    left of the tripod socket that has the end of a large spring through it's
    end. Gently push the lever forward until it latches. Press the shutter
    release, the camera should now work normally. If it is still jammed then the
    problem may very well be in the wind gear timing.
    Mike, Jan 6, 2005
  8. Norm Fleming

    Mark Roberts Guest

    I have two Spotmatic manuals on line on my web site now:
    Mark Roberts, Jan 6, 2005
  9. Norm Fleming

    Dave Guest

    It's good to see you are trying to do a good site. Can I suggest you run
    the web site through the W3C standards committee web site at

    Then you will be able to correct the efforts. That will produce a page
    that is rended well in most broswers. Just because it looks right on
    Internet Explorer does not mean its right, and in this case there are
    definate errors.

    You might also want to look at making it more search engine friendly.
    Dave, Jan 7, 2005
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