Spotmatic Slow Speed Governor Cleaning

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  1. 3 Olives

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    I bought a really nice black Spotmatic body for $35.00 knowing the 1 second shutter speed was off. I was told the slow speed governor needed cleaning. Is this a job an amateur can attempt? I bought it with the intention of having a CLA done so it is no big deal either way. In fact, I'll probably never use a 1 second exposure - I'm just a perfectionist about cameras.
     
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    Operate it for a while-it might loosen up by itself. When I pulled out my old Fujica ST801 after 10 years all the slow speeds were off. The 1 second speed completely stalled. I had to switch to a faster speed to get the shutter to close. After some exercise the old grease loosened up and now it's fine, and all speeds are accurate. I'd have it CLA'd, but I really only got it out so I could finish shooting Kodachrome with the same camera I started shooting it with.
     
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    You're right Ben. No substitute for a CLA.
     
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    You must be a mind reader :smile:
     
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    Woahh, dude! Don't do that! Yer freakin' me out!
     
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    I studiously avoided replying to the original post when I read it in case people thought I was a pain, but you read my mind.
     
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    In other words, for your purposes, it ain't broke.

    Not suggesting that a CLA isn't justified, just not truly necessary.
     
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    But...
    I thought you...
    Didn't you...
    Um...hm.

    Whoooah.