Contaflex Super (old)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by leicarfcam, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. leicarfcam

    leicarfcam Member

    Messages:
    347
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Location:
    Fort Worth,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I found one at a yard sale last week barely working. I have been told most techs won't touch it so I took a stab at it. Pulled the shutter assembly off the body and after an overnight soaking in my ultrasonic bath serviced it. While the shutter was off I serviced the focus helicoid. I then checked the rear baffle to shutter blades timing and adjusted the mirror seat to get infinity. After a quick film test shooting at f/2.8 to verify focus. I then went out this morning for some real testing and now have a roll hanging to dry in the darkroom and all frames look sharp and contrasty under the loop.

    This is a fun camera to use and I plan to pick up a 35mm and 85mm for it as well as a couple of magazine backs..

    Next up will be the Super B and Super BC with their mag backs..
     
  2. Trask

    Trask Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,367
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2005
    Shooter:
    35mm RF
    I look forward to seeing some photos from your developed roll that I hope you intend to post!
     
  3. Jeff Kubach

    Jeff Kubach Member

    Messages:
    6,930
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Location:
    Richmond VA.
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    That sounds great! I wish I was that lucky.

    Jeff
     
  4. bernard_L

    bernard_L Subscriber

    Messages:
    414
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Congratulations! There is little information available on servicing Contaflexes. Did you make use of an existing documentation that is available? If not, would you care to share some of your knowledge? Which would make you moderately famous and not rich at all.
     
  5. leicarfcam

    leicarfcam Member

    Messages:
    347
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Location:
    Fort Worth,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    No documentation. I went slowly and took plenty of photos. Since I got the camera cheap I wasn't worried if I screwed it up but I do have knowledge of camera repair so that helped.

    Check out this site for basic information. This is where I started at. http://www.monopix.co.uk/contaflexshutter.shtml
     
  6. GarageBoy

    GarageBoy Member

    Messages:
    635
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2012
    Shooter:
    35mm
    So underrated (Contaflexes in general)
    Too bad no one services them
    What did you re lube with?
     
  7. leicarfcam

    leicarfcam Member

    Messages:
    347
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Location:
    Fort Worth,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format