My winder works fine with an external power source, but doesn't work with my battery pack. Is there something wrong with my battery pack?Solution:
Rule #1 is don't store the battery trays (or flashes!) with batteries in them -- not only do batteries leak, but the trays warp until the batteries don't make good contact (or the flash bodies crack).
Try cleaning the contacts with an old-style pencil-type typewriter eraser, or such like. Don't scratch the contacts, though, just polish.
As above, check to see if the tray is bowed or bent -- if so, you may be able to "reform" it in the following way:
- Put two batteries in the tray, one on either side, in the middle.
- Lay a pencil down the back of the tray and wrap a heavy rubber band around the batteries in the middle of the tray, holding the pencil against the tray. The batteries will keep the tray from being squeezed closed.
- Lift one end of the pencil at a time and insert a spacer of some sort (nail, etc.) between the tray and the pencil.
- Put the tray under a 60w lamp, approx. 12" away. Leave it this way for several hours.
This will slowly bend the tray back to it's proper form.
I turn my winder on and it winds and winds and winds but never advances the film.Solution:
A spinning motor is usually due to a bad rubber grommet that translates the rotation of one gear to another -- it can be replaced. And the post that aligns the winder with the body (if it's been broken off) can be replaced, too....contributed by Clint Rumbo