Pentax Spotmatic... HELP!

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  1. KKJUN

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    So recently I got my aunt's old Pentax Spotmatic.

    I started shooting straight away. I've got a 36-photo-film in there, and now, at photo 29, the film got somehow... stuck. I can't pull the handle that transports it any more. Also, the little red window above the handle shows a red dot. I don't have a manual, and the ones I found online didn't seem to explain what could be the problem.

    So, has anyone got any ideas? And is there a way to get the film out in my situation without destroying the photos?
     
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    There's a possibility you've reached the end of the film.

    You can check this by attempting to re-wind the film into the cassette. Follow the instructions. If you don't have a copy, they're available on-line.

    Let us know how you make out.
     
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    I've re_winded the film, but the wind lever is still stuck. I can pull it to a certain point, but then it just won't move any further.
     
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    Assuming you have rewound (with the little crank handle) the film totally into the cassette, pull up on the rewind knob to open the camera back and remove the film. The red dot next to the film advance lever indicates the camera is ready to fire the shutter. If the camera doesn't have a problem, pushing the shutter release should fire the shutter and the red dot disappears.

    Just to be clear, the film rewind is the knob with the small foldout crank handle. The film advance lever is the one operated with your thumb and advances the film counter. Is it the rewind knob that is stuck (can't pull it up to open the back) or the film advance lever won't move beyond a certain point?
     
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    Quite possibly the shutter needs to be worked on.
     
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    No, it's the advance lever that is stuck.

    So, you think that the advance lever is stuck because the shutter isn't working?
     
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    Yep. Needs repair.
     
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    Do you have the film removed from the camera and does the shutter operate when you press the button?
     
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    No. Just tried that out: The shutter doesn't move. looks like I have to find a camera shop that repairs it...
     
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    No. Just tried that out: The shutter doesn't move. looks like I have to find a camera shop that repairs it...
     
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    OK, one more time: Did you remove the film from the camera?
     
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    Yes, I did. Film is out of the camera, lever is stuck, shutter doesn't work.
     

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