Straightening Mamiya TLR lens plate - Suggestions wanted . . .

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Steve Feldman, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Steve Feldman

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    Hi y'all,

    I'm looking for the easy fix (don't we all?). I have a new (to me) 180mm Mamiya TLR Super lens with a bent lens plate "ear" (I'll call it an ear). Looks like the previous owner dropped it at some point in its life. Otherwise this lens is in great condition. The plate is easily removed. 5 small screws. Although the complete lens mounts on to the camera body via the wire hold-down, the lens is a bit wobbly against the camera body face. Negs from this lens show that there is no light leak or focus problems. I'd just like the plate to be flat and have no wobble.

    My thought is to put the plate (without the lens) into a vice with a large flat piece of wood on the non rebate side and a smaller piece of wood on the inner (rebate) edge and give it a gentle squeeze.

    Waddy ya think?

    Thanks,

    ~Steve
     
  2. Mike Wilde

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    I had to recently repair my mamiya 80 lenses set (broken off synch socket after the screws vibrated loose and away)

    The thing comes apart quite reasonably to leave you with just the plate and two lenses.

    If the bend is at the top the shuttered lens may not have to come off.

    Make careful note of the order any shims are installed in.

    Work over a towel on a bench so any dropped parts don't bounce and launch themselves onto the floor.

    Repairs go much faster without 15 minute searches for tiny screws.

    Once there is enough to grab, I would suggest make a carved hardwook piece (I have used parts of wooden clothes pegs) to put against the lens board.
    Then bend or gently mallet with a hardwood dowel as the striker to bend or pound the lens board back until it is in line again.

    Then re-asemble with care, and snug every thing up, and you are back in business.
     
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    *The rest I pretty much go along with.*:D
     
  4. Steve Feldman

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    Mike & John,

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    Mike Wilde wrote:
    I had to recently repair my mamiya 80 lenses set (broken off synch socket after the screws vibrated loose and away) OUCH!

    The thing comes apart quite reasonably to leave you with just the plate and two lenses. YUP. ONLY 5 SCREWS TO UNDO AND COME CLEANLY OFF. LENSES STAY TOGETHER.
    If the bend is at the top the shuttered lens may not have to come off. YUP

    Make careful note of the order any shims are installed in. NONE THERE - COOL.

    Work over a towel on a bench so any dropped parts don't bounce and launch themselves onto the floor. LIKE I'VE NEVER DONE THAT. OVER A SHAGGY CARPET. DOH!
    Repairs go much faster without 15 minute searches for tiny screws. ONLY 15 - DOH AGAIN.
    Once there is enough to grab, I would suggest make a carved hardwook piece (I have used parts of wooden clothes pegs) to put against the lens board.
    Then bend or gently mallet with a hardwood dowel as the striker to bend or pound the lens board back until it is in line again. HMMMM

    Then re-asemble with care, and snug every thing up, and you are back in business. VERY COOL - THANKS. :smile: