Konica A4 won't wind film

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. I came across an old Konica A4 that I had bought around 20 years ago. I tried
    to use it and it won't wind the film. The motor sort of stutters but does
    not really move.

    Anyone have any ideas? Resources? It was a neat little camera in its day.

    TIA,

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 29, 2009
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    Rol_Lei Nut Guest

    Just the obvious: Checking that the battery is charged and that the
    contacts are clean....
     
    Rol_Lei Nut, Nov 29, 2009
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  3. Thanks, I seem to remember a comment someone once made about there being a
    capacitor problem, but could not find any reference to it.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 29, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    Rol_Lei Nut wrote:
    :
    : > Just the obvious: Checking that the battery is charged and that the
    : > contacts are clean....
    :
    : Thanks, I seem to remember a comment someone once made about there being a
    : capacitor problem, but could not find any reference to it.

    In the early days of electronic flash, if you let a unit sit around too long
    without being used, you had to turn it on for several minutes a few times to
    "re-form the capacitor". The capacitors they used in those days apparently
    responded badly to being fully discharged. Maybe something similar is
    happening to you.

    Does the film advance mechanism have a manual override? If that didn't work
    either, it might at least tell you whether the problem is electrical or
    mechanical.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Nov 29, 2009
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  5. Thanks, it just does not have the oomph (it's motorized only) to move the
    film. It won't even load it.

    It's just one of those things, if I could find the right person who knew
    exactly what the problem is, I could get the information I needed, and if I
    can't I won't.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 29, 2009
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  6. Fred,

    I think it's shot. It just won't wind the film. As a last ditch effort, I'm
    going to buy a brand new (as opposed to an older, but unused) Lithium battery
    for it, but that will take a few days.

    Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 30, 2009
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  7. The only thing that fits in it is a CR123a Lithium battery. Anything else would
    require a kludge of wires and aligator clips.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 30, 2009
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