Pentax P30 problem ?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Andrew Dadmun, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. Hi

    I did a quick google search for this question, but I didn't see anything
    that applied to my problem.

    I have a Pentax P30 and it no longer is functioning correctly. When I turn
    it on, the light meter comes on as usual, but when I depress the shutter
    button, the light meter just goes off and does not come back on unless I
    turn the camera off and back on. I thought it was the batteries dying, but
    I have replaced those and it didn't help. I thought maybe it was something
    with the DX coding of the film - tried another roll with no luck. Also, I
    cannot advance the film anymore since the shutter never "fires". (Sorry for
    the lack of proper terminology - I am an amateur photographer.)

    I have tried everything I can think of. I have removed the lens, the film,
    changed the batteries. I bypassed the little button that the film door
    depresses so I could try to operate the camera without film with the body
    door open. Nothing. I'm not sure what to do next.

    FYI - the light meter appears to be working fine until I press the shutter

    Andrew Dadmun, Dec 10, 2003
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  2. The P series were all electronic.
    Verifying the batteries is important. Some alkalines don't put out enough
    to run these bodies.

    If the body is truely bad, then ..
    Because of the age & modest cost of the body you'd probably do best
    to purchase another body & sell this one on eBay for parts.
    They commonly sell for about $75. At that price you might also look
    at the Super Program ($75ish used) with many more features,
    or the newer, lighter-weight ZX-M ($120ish used), or even the
    full-featured ZX-5n ($175ish used).

    Hope this helps some.

    Collin Brendemuehl, Dec 10, 2003
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  3. Thanks Collin!

    Andrew Dadmun, Dec 10, 2003
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