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Canon 514 XL Lightmeter "stuck". Any solutions?


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#1 Steve Molloy

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:21 PM

I recently purchased a Canon 514 XL camera in virtually mint condition. Everything runs smoothly, though the lightmeter will only go up to f:/4 even when pointed at bright sunlight with the filter out and with a film cartridge in. When it does move it moves very slowly. I think it may be stuck. Is there any solution for this/ anything I've missed.

If this is not something I can repair myself, will a camera repair specialist used to dealing with still film equipment be likely to be able to fix it (there is one in my nearest city that I know of). Can this be repaired at all?

Many thanks
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#2 Tom Doolittle

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:02 PM

Steve,

I recently had a similar problem with a Nikon R10. You can read the post here:

http://www.cinematog...showtopic=18169

I don't have any experience with the Canon, but I'd be willing to bet your sticking meter just needs to be exercised a bit. The meter is mechanically coupled to the aperture thorugh a series of tiny linkages. The mechanism is very delicate and is designed to respond to the miniscule impulses of the auto-exposure servo. Over time, the lubricants used at all the little joints will dry up, making the system sluggish or stopping it altogether.

When I got my Nikon, the meter would not move no matter what I did. I had to actually open it up and move the mechanism back and forth by hand about a hundred times. Now it works great.

Hope this helps.
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#3 Douglas Hunter

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:11 PM

The other possibility is that your photo cell is dead. Get that checked first before looking at other possibilities.
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