I was gifted this Pentax ES II back in September of 2018. I believe this model was the last of the Pentax screw-mount cameras. I put a roll of black and white through the camera and then it just sat on a shelf until recently when I read some nice things about it online. So, that got me to playing with it, and I discovered the meter no longer worked even after inserting some new batteries.
I took off the bottom cover and found that the problem was that the contacts that activate the meter were not quite coming together when the shutter release was depressed. It appeared that the red painted adjustment screw was as tight as possible; it seemed the available remedy was to slightly bend down the two little tines under the adjustment screw. So I did that.
The immediate result was that one of the tines broke off. Fortunately, the Clumsy Craftsman's luck held and the meter seemed to be working perfectly once I got things back together. I loaded some Kentmere 400 and shot it at the usual places around town and in the riverside forest.
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