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sears ksx super - help appreciated!

rhianne larson , May 07, 2008; 07:10 p.m.

hi everyone - i've been browsing this forum for quite a while and have found tons of helpful information, so i'm finally posting for the first time and hoping that this is the right spot for this particular question! if not please feel free to direct me elsewhere. :)

so this is the situation: i just purchased a like-new sears ksx super and, in my excitement, when i loaded the first roll of film i left the lens cap on. the mirror is now locked up and no amount of fiddling seems to be helping. i also tried to remove the bottom plate to look around but the screws are too tight am i'm too amateur to attempt any extreme measures. i think i actually made the same mistake with another older slr and there was some combination of dial- turning/button-pushing/chanting that unlocked the mirror and am hoping to be that lucky here! if anyone has any advice i would be SO appreciative - i feel really dumb right now and am anxious to actually use this camera w/out breaking it again. thanks!


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rhianne larson , May 07, 2008; 07:12 p.m.

oh, and the batteries are fine - checked the meter while holding up the mirror so that doesn't seem to be a problem. thanks again!

Rob Holz , May 07, 2008; 09:17 p.m.

Did you try to fire the shutter yet? I don't know what you did that would have put the mirror in the locked up position. On my Chinon CS, the mirror locks up when the self timer is set and the shutter is released. I wouldn't worry about wasting any film just yet. Is there a separate mirror lock up lever or switch? Do you have a manual for this camera?

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 07, 2008; 09:48 p.m.

<www.butkus.org/chinon/ricoh/ksx-p/ksx-p.htm> Please check this site and obtain the manual. You can download it. I believe that the Sears ksx is a clone of the Ricoh-Chinon. Good luck.

Julio Fernández , May 07, 2008; 09:58 p.m.

Try to press the rewind button and then gently move the wind lever as for winding.

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 07, 2008; 10:08 p.m.

Hi, I just checked the manual. It says it can happen if you load the batteries in an "improper" manner! [Whatever that means]. It also suggest a remedy "set the shutter speed to "X" or "B" and it will release the mirror". Try that! I hope it works. According to the manual, If you have a long threaded lens that could also cause the problem by pushing back into the cavity and blocking the mirror from coming down. Good luck!

rhianne larson , May 07, 2008; 10:19 p.m.

thanks for the advice, everyone. so i took a look at the manual and it mentions that there can be up to a 30-second delay if you load/wind with the lens cap on (they didn't put that into the manual that came with the camera!), but unfortunately doesn't go any further than that. in answer to your question, rob, there's no separate mirror lock up but i did try the self-timer and also julio's suggestion re: the rewind and nothing seems to be working. i'm beginning to think that the camera gods have it out for me!

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 07, 2008; 10:43 p.m.

Look at the manual on "the mirror locking up problem". I have copied it just above your posting!

rhianne larson , May 07, 2008; 10:45 p.m.

ok... so there is no 'X' setting on this camera but i tried 'B' and 1/125 with and without the lens, took the batteries in and out (hopefully in a 'proper' manner, ha!)... it's just not responding at all. does it sound like a lost cause? not sure it's worth it to get repairs, though it is otherwise in really good condition. don't want to give up just yet!

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 07, 2008; 11:07 p.m.

Look inside the mirror chamber and to your left there will be a lever holding up the the mirror. Try, gently, manipulating it. According to Tomosy's book that should work. It might release the mirror. Please, don't give up. Mirror sticking up is a simple problem usually. Does the shutter fire at all?

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