FT-1 film loading

greenspun.com : LUSENET : Konica 35mm SLRs : One Thread

When I load the film in my FT-1 and close the film door it dosin't always advance to the first frame, sometimes it's fine. I compemsate by using the shutter relice button to advance it. Can anyone tell me if there is an easy fix to this problem or should I send it out? Has anyone else had this problem? Frank Purpura

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2000


FT-1 Film Loading

Hi Frank,

One possibility is the little foam strip in the film take-up area, it's inset into the "outside wall" of the compartment where the rubber winding spool/motor is located. I had one of these get "gummy" when the old adhesive soaked through. It would cause loading problems and eventually began to leave glue on the film, especially at the beginning of the roll.

Also, apparently earlier models of FT-1 had a little larger piece of foam in there. I understand there was a standard fix for this problem, which was simply to cut some of it off.

There is also a possibility that one of the switches which actuates the motor or senses the film tension is out of adjustment. Not having personally done this adjsutment or the foam trimming, I would recommend sending it off to Konica. They still work on FT-1s and are nice folks, probably just a few $$$s to get a quote on repair. Might be a good time for a full CLA! Info on getting in touch with them is elsewhere on this BB and on the Konica website under "Support" ISTR.


Alan Myers San Jose, Calif.

-- Anonymous, December 21, 2000

FT-1 Film Loading

Thanks Alan: I have already checked the switch on the door latch, it seems OK. I never gave the gaskit a thought I will check that. If I can't find the problem there I will send it off to Konica, like you sed it's time for a cleam and lube. Thanks for the help. If I do find the problem myself I will post it, I am sure I'm not the only one who has run into this. Frank Purpura

-- Anonymous, December 21, 2000

Konica FT-1 Repair

My FT1 has a cracked take up drum. Was wondering if it could be repaired. And if you would have an estimate on the cost of the repair

-- Anonymous, June 18, 2001

Moderation questions? read the FAQ