Help needed with my Yashica mat 124

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  1. Laurent

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    Hello all,

    my Yashica mat 124 has become a bit "picky" : it will trigger fine for a series of images, then will refuse any more triggering until I unscrew the rear lens and "tick" the shutter blades...

    Should I lubricate it a bit (it's been CLA'd recently, so I'm not sure it's the issue) ?

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    I guess I would consult with whoever did the CLA, because if it was done that recently, I do not think it should be doing this.
     
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    Sounds like the shutter needs another CLA. Depending on how it was cleaned, there may still be some old gunk in there. Was the CLA done by a pro shop or a DIYer?
     
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    Shutter blades SHOULD NOT be lubricated, that's why they stick. They need to be absolutely dry.
    This also includes the blade housing. Any old lube left in place when serviced will keep the blades from traveling properly.
     
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    Thanks for your answers.

    I'll contact the tech who did the CLA, but I'd assume that, since it worked OK for 8 months (I did about 15 films in this period, plus many tests without film), it may not be left lubricant.
     
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    A quick update on this. I finally decided to bite the bullet and remove the rear lens element (I bought a 124G I plan to CLA so I first had a look at it) and tried to rub the blades with alcohol... And now the shutter works perfectly ! :-D
     
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    Good call. The blades might have still had some oil on em.
     
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    The problem sounds like oil on the shutter blades. Blades should be bone dry to operate properly. Whatever you do, DO NOT OIL IT. John
     
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    Zippo fluid (cig lighter fluid) is safer then alcohol there is less water in Zippo fluid.
     
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    Zippo fluid leaves an oily residue- its a petroleum distillate. Try xylene or lacquer thinner.
    Rick
     
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    I dried the alcohol before screwing the rear lens element in place, the camera operates like a charm since I cleaned the blades
     
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    Different alcohols will have varying amounts of water. Common rubbing alcohol tends to have the most water of all the readily available (non lab grade) types. Perhaps all have more water than lighter fluid - I don't know.