Light seals.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Mike Kennedy, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Member

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    Has anyone repaired/replaced the light seals of their SLR?
    I have done some minor camera repair and do have a nice lighted magnifier and proper tools but this would be a first for me.
    The camera is not leaking light but the gasket material is gummy and breaking down.

    Thanks,
    JMK
     
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    Mike, I bought a light seal kit from Jon Goodman who is a very nice guy and is sometimes here in the APUG forums. Instructions are included and I think you can do several SLR's with the kit. I did three Yashica Electro 35 cameras and it worked out very well. I think the kits are under $10.

    He is also on Ebay but I don't know his used ID. His email is

    Jgood21967@aol.com

    I Hope this helps
     
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    Jon Goodman sells a great kit! Another email address is "Jon_Goodman@yahoo.com"
     
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    Jon sells on Ebay with the ID of 'Interslice'. His kits are superb. I used one to reseal an OM-10, a Voigtlander Vito CLR, a Canonet QL17 GIII and an OM-1.
     
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    Andy beat me to it - here's a current listing:

    Seals
     
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    Interslice - very good to deal with and very quick service to UK and, most likely, other parts of the world. I used a kit to repair an EOS.
     
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    Ahh, that's the ID, thanks Andy.
     
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    Piece of cake with Jon's kits. I've done all my Nikons.
     
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    Have to add to the praise of Jon's Kits, the kits are great and very reasonably price, well worth it..

    Dave
     
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    Another "me too" response; I've got one of Jon's kits. I've not yet done any SLRs, but I've fixed up a Canonet QL17 and have another that needs this attention. It's pretty simple (both the materials and the procedure). Jon does a good job of putting together the stuff you need along with (most important of all, IMHO) detailed instructions so you'll know what to do with it.
     
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    My old AE1 was leaking like a sieve - I picked up the first kit I saw - it was from Cameraseals.com. First off, the work is simple, very simple - the only thing required is some patience when removing the old material (by far the hardest/most tedious part of the whole process). Anyone can do it.
    Last but not least - I have since seen John's (interslice) kits... well, not that the one I got was bad, but lets put it this way: after seeing the quality of the foam, the kit, the instructions - I know where my next order is coming from! Having tried the competition, and even though I did not have a bad experience, I would have to add my vote to the ones already cast for the interslice kits.
     
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    I was able to purchase a self adhesive kit for an older Leica slr from their US service center for a low price, forget the cost now, but I think on the order of $11 or so. I also have used adhesive felt and thin foam sheeting from a local craft store, and acrylic yarn (long filament stuff that doesn't shed) with a tiny bit of contact cement. I like the yarn idea because it doesn't go bad like standard OEM replacement foam might. I haven't used the interslice stuff, but I believe his foam is a higher grade that doesn't decompose like a lot of the original stuff does.

    Lee
     
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    Yes, and the foam is nicely pre-cut to the right width.
     
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    Same experience here - shipping to Norway was quick and very reasonably priced. And note that a kit includes far more materials than will be required for one camera - I've replaced light seals and mirror dampers on an OM-1, and I have plenty of materials left for another two or three bodies.

    Knut