Repair - Olympus Pen shutter

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Emil, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Emil

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    Hello. My Olympus Pen has started acting up. The shutter opens correctly, but when it closes, it closes only half-way, then pauses, and closes the rest of the way very slowly. I have tried dripping some lighter fluid on it (it is directly accesible from the back) but this only helps a little, and only until it evaporates.

    Do you think I have to disassemble the lens, and look for a weak spring, a greasy shutter blade hinge or something?

    I would rather take it to a pro repairman than mess it up myself, but I do not feel it is worth the cost.

    The camera is the model with the 2.8cm f/3.5 lens, and it says Copal-X on the bottom, that must be the shutter type?

    Thank you for any kind of feedback on this

    Emil
     
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    I don't think there is an easy way: the camera has to be opened.

    Copal X is the shutter, yes,
    What says on top of the camera, whith model is it ?

    If you can wait until July I could have a look at it when I am back in Holland, am in Brazil right now, sorry !

    Peter
     
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    emil

    contact http://www.zuiko.com/
    they work on olympus cameras like yours ...
    i believe it is john hermanson, who is a member of apug.

    good luck!

    john
     
  4. Emil

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    The camera is simply Olympus Pen. 2 strap lug (one missing though) leatherette covering, serial 337793. The Pens generally scarce here in Denmark, I have bought the only two I have ever seen. The repair prices on zuiko.com are very reasonable, even with added shipping costs. Thanks, I will try to contact him for a quote.

    Emil
     
  5. John Koehrer

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    With the 2.8CM lens I don't think it's a very common critter here in the US. It's most likely worth having fixed.
     
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    john h is a really nice guy.
    when i bought my pen ft, i called him
    and asked him specific questions about the pen ft,
    what to look out for/ stay away from.
    after his advice i bought a camera that i have used constantly since i bought
    it and had no troubles with it. i know that if anything goes wrong with it,
    HE is the person to send it to, no questions asked.

    good luck with your camera!

    john