M7 Film Advance Lever Problem -- Insights and Solutions Welcome
I have a "small" problem/dilemma, and hope the experts here can help. I'm current traveling with my M7 and Zeiss Ikon, and while out shooting today the M7 stopped working. By that I mean the film advance lever (aka quick wind lever) will not move--at all.
I was able to take one picture today, and when I went to advance the film afterwards the lever went about 1/2 way and then would go no further. (imagine the feeling on the film advance lever at the end of a roll, except in this case I was on frame 15). I can depress the shutter, but since I can't advance the film nothing happens.
I tried several things, including:
- Pulling and replacing the batteries.
- Attempting to use non-Auto mode with 1/60 and 1/125 second selected.
- Thought maybe the frame counter was off, so rewound the film and tried a new roll.
- Tried to fire the shutter with no film in the camera.
None of the above worked. I can not, not even in fully manual mode, get the shutter to fire, or get the film to advance.
The camera worked great a few days ago during a long hike on the Great Wall, with several rolls put through it. But, today I might as well have been carrying a brick. Bought the M7 used a few months ago from the most reputable dealer in Beijing, and have probably put 50 rolls through it without any problems.
Any help or insights would be appreciated. I tried searching on Google, and came up with nothing of value. I also tried searching RFF, but every time I search RFF I get a "your search term is below the 3 word minimum" message, even though I use more than 3 words.