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    Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Hi Folks,

    I have a digital pentax spotmeter - the sort that has a red read out of the EV. I needed to change the battery and managed to drop the battery cover in a stream, gone forever. Other than cursing, any suggestions how I might be able to get one or is there some sort of alternative? Will I have to buy a whole new meter? I've looked at how much the meters go for nowadays and am shocked!

    Cheers

    Graham

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Iwould obtain a small piece of plastic and slowly cut and file it to fit. It will take a while, but can be done.

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Have a friend with a 3D printer?

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Contact Pentax in Colorado for replacement...

    Steve K

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    It's a little metal disk with a spring? I dropped mine in the dunes of Death Valley. Took me half hour to find it. Now I change batteries over my darkcloth. Can't be made of plastic, you need the electrical conduction.

    As a temporary measure, try a ball of aluminum foil threaded into the hole. This has worked for me. Also, occasionally one sees this meter for sale for parts.

    --ejw--

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Find an old Pentax Camera using battery to operate in a thrifty store or evil bay, the battery cover on camera is exactly the same as the Pentax digital spot meter, or search Pentax battery cover on evil bay.

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    No big deal. Quality Light Metric in Hollywood, CA services them and has parts.

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    My analog Pentax spot came to me without the battery cover. I took one from an M-series Pentax camera, it was a perfect fit.

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    No big deal. Quality Light Metric in Hollywood, CA services them and has parts.
    Finally! (sigh...) Why do people overlook the obvious.

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    Re: Pentax spotmeter - replacement battery cover or alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doremus Scudder View Post
    Finally! (sigh...) Why do people overlook the obvious.
    Um, when I sent mine to QLM for service, George sent it to Pentax in Englewood, CO, and didn't charge me a service fee...

    Steve K

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