Ilex shutter fires at one speed only

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  1. gbenaim

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    Hi all,

    I just got a lens in an ilex 4 shutter, and it only fires at one speed. Is this something that a CLA will usually fix, or is it something more serious which should cause me to send this lens back? Thanks,

    GB
     
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    It is verry hard to tell whats wrong at a distance without seeing the shutter itself and feel it.

    There are 3 possiblities:
    1) a part is missing in the shutter > cock the shutter and rotate the time-dial, if you feel some resistance it should be OK
    2) if you cannot turn the shutter-speed-dial somebody tried to fix it and re-assambled it wrong;
    3) it just needs a CLA

    In all cases it has to be checked by a repairman and then decide.

    Peter
     
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    Hi Peter,

    I checked as you describe and the dial turns fine, w the usual resistance. In doing so I noticed that the shutter doesn't close all the way, but the leaves stay a little bit open sometimes. Is this also something that's taken care of in a CLA?
     
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    I would ask a repairman for an opinion, to me a CLA would do.
    By the looks of it the retardment needs an "oil-change".

    Peter
     
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    Is the retardment=escapement?
     
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    Give Carol at Flutot's Camera Repair a shout, she did a bang-up job on my Ilex Acme-Synchro #3! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.