pentax super a (super program) problem

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Steven Palmaers, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. Hi all,

    I own a Pentax Super A / Super Program SLR camera, which I've been using for
    quite a while now

    Last week, I loaded a new film, and when I wanted to take some pictures
    today, I noticed something strange: the shutter speed seems te be locked at
    1/1000 sec. When I put the camera into programmed mode, the shutter always
    is 1/1000 sec, no matter where I point the camera at; when I put the camera
    into shutter priority or manual mode, I can't change the shutter speed
    either. If I put the shutter speed dial to 1/125 that works however

    I wouldn't know what the problem could be, batteries seem to be ok, and the
    camera hasn't been dropped either

    Has anyone experienced this problem before or know what could be the problem

    I'm trying this option first, before considering sending it to Pentax for
    reparation, which would probably cost me more than bying a 2nd hand body

    thanks for your tips

    Steven Palmaers, Jan 3, 2006
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    Bhup Guest

    Hi the Super A defaults to 1/1000 sec when a new film is loaded for the
    "first two" frames until the film is wound onto the first frame. Is the
    frame counter working as this may be stuck
    Bhup, Jan 3, 2006
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  3. 1/125 is probably the flash-synch setting, which is independent of the
    meter. So the problem is with any speed that uses the internal meter. (for
    what it's worth)
    William Graham, Jan 4, 2006
  4. Steven Palmaers

    no_name Guest

    According to the manual, when loading film the shutter speed stays at
    1000 until the film count reaches zero. "This fast speed saves time when
    advancing film to the first frame."

    Page 7. See also p. 60

    "*Only the "1000" indication appears on the shutter speed LCD in spite
    of the fact that the exposure mode is properly set. Repeat film
    advancing operation until the film counter registers "1". (See page 7)"

    IIRC, 1/125 is the manual X-sync.
    no_name, Jan 4, 2006
  5. Steven Palmaers

    Bhup Guest

    hi steve mailed me this

    From: "Steven Palmaers
    To: "Bhup
    Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 11:14 PM
    Subject: Re: pentax super a (super program) problem

    Bhup, Jan 4, 2006
  6. Steven Palmaers

    Cheesehead Guest

    Since you've been using it a while, then you are (thoug
    other readers may not be) familiar with the issue that
    the body sets to 1/1000 until advancing to frame #1.

    But to your issue:
    Low batteries are a common cause of this.

    Super Program, KX, *istDS
    Cheesehead, Jan 5, 2006
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