Rolleiflex magnetized light meter needles?

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  1. Paul Cunningham

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    Hi, I've searched the archives, but didn't come up with anything. I can't be the first to have seen this.
    On my new to me Rolleiflex, the needles of the light meter seem to be chasing one another, when I adjust the exposure, as the exposure indicator needle approaches the light reading needle, the reading needle will jump away, as if it is magnetized. I don't recall this happening before, is there an easy fix for this, or am I misunderstanding what is happening here? Camera is a 3.5F series if that makes any difference. Thanks! Paul
     
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    I would guess it's static, rather than magnetism. If that's the case, then perhaps some higher humidity weather might help- head for the Mediterranean. On the other hand, if it is indeed magnetism, then locally heating it up a lot with a hair blower might do the trick, but that runs the risk of overheating some other parts!
     
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    The Mediterranean sounds fine - right now I'm in rainy Vancouver, B.C., but static is still very possible.
     
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    I doubt it is magnetism, the needle is aluminium. Static electricity, or some sort of interference .
    Even if it was steel, the hairdryer trick would be useless - unless your hairdryer goes up to about 1200F.
     
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    The problems seems to have cleared up. Thanks to everyone!
     
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    The needle of my 3,5F shows sometimes a similar effect.