Ugh camera problems galore, but finally all fixed now. First my om4t got jammed, shutter locked, rewind stuck in down position, manual wind of film rollers did not engage it. Quick fix, popped the bottom plate, removed the double geared assembly held on by three screws, which released the lock and tension. Wind and fire to check, and then replaced carefully and checked.
Problem two, noticed the aperture coupling lever under the lens mount still was sticking after I had swapped the mount, speed ring, and toothed ring assembly. This caused incorrect metering display. Took it all apart and checked all contact surfaces for friction spots or rough patches or warping. Everything was fine, was about to give up but noticed a tiny area of metal was bent from the bottom corner of the metal cover that is on the bottom of the mirror box, which protects the circuit board and shutter speed gear wheel. It was pressing against the inner part of plastic aperture ring coupling, only in contact when screwed down tight and barely any friction, but enough to make the ring stick or slow to return. Bent back and fixed.
Since I fixed two things why not a third? Grabbed my new (used and abused) 28mm f2. Was shooting a test roll with it, but the sticking aperture was driving me crazy, stuck at f16 and now at f11 too when stopped down, but fine again if manually turned. For example when using dof preview at f16 or f11 it would stay dark and stuck at that aperture until a wider aperture was selected. Disassembled, turns out someone worked on this lens as well in the past, was marked with red sharpie on screws. Took off mount, and determined it was with the return lever and not sticking blades. Thought maybe it was a worn spring, as it looked fairly clean. Decided to check If i could swap it from another lens. Took apart a snappy 135mm But it didnt use a coil spring. Took apart a teleconverter, but those were too long. Disassembled mount for better evaluation, almost lost the long spring on the carpet. The Dof preview lever was slightly bent causing friction as well as a bit of dirt on the black inner lever guide ring. the small Dof button would also get jammed if pushed too inward. Cleaned surfaces with naphtha and bent dof lever arm back and reassembled. Removed a deteriorating black rubber bumper, but no replacement to reinstall. Works fine without if, but longterm maybe not as it's metal on metal. Works snappier now and no more sticking.
I fixed the bellows for the 5x4 camera I'm building. They were too long and needed about 1/2" of closed length cut off to enable the camera to fold up properly. There was a lot of hesitation before I made the first cut!
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
I releathered my new (to me) Yashica FX-103 with some brown anti-skid tape. I was surprised at how good the brown looks on the black and metal camera. I think the metal is brushed aluminum or something... It might not look as good on a shiny chrome camera. It's super grippy!
I'll never drop this thing. LOL
I finally fixed two cameras this week.
Rebuilt a Konica Auto S2 Rangefinder and a newly acquired Petri 7S Rangefinder. I thought I would really like the Konica, but now I actually prefer the Petri. Light weight and the built in functional Selenium meter is dead nuts on. I am looking forward to finishing the Yashica Electro 35 GS I started last month, that was a basket case.
I love Rangefinders !!
4 rolls of 35mm Arista Premium 36exp film for the younger students, we did still lifes a week ago with objects such as large animal skull, legos, jenga blocks, and clay sculptures. Fixed in TF-5 (finally got around to using it once the Kodak fixer was exhausted, bought two bottles to test) and the images look good. Contact sheet making and printing them next week.
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I fixed or invented the necessarity of fix the 3 volt lithium cell which is 15 years old in Polaroid 350. Now the shutter makes two sound together , one mechanical jump of the finger arm and the working sound of electric shutter. I amazed with the finding of this and finally dusty polaroid works as it is made for.
One Apuger sent me two fuji empty instant film film case and now its time to find soviet cheap forte paper ,cut it , use as a paper negative , take an another paper , put the cut paper negative in middle of the other paper and make a contact print.
Wow I am an ultra small large format photographer !
In 15 years starting one age before demise of Polaroid , I only used two packages of instant film and amazed with the results. I dont know why but I suspect the emulsion , it was recording the sandstone walls of rich old Ottoman Banks , better than I see.
Film is an amazing thing and when you see these findings , I really feel overjoy.
By the way , I am seeing people butchers these cameras and its a shame.
Nikkor 105mm 2.5 AIS, from what I can tell, I am at least the 3rd owner, hence the affordability of it. A bit rough outside, with someones name on the barrel, not the same as the buyer I got it from. Clean front glass, but light scratches all over the back. It was advertised with a large piece of lint/dirt/dust right in the middle right inside the rear element.
I stripped it tonight in less than 5min, its that easy. Someone also had posted great visual instructions of the process. Cleaned the insides of the center and rear elements with a brush, blower, and compressed air for the more stubborn stuff. Inside the barrel was lots of dust as well. Back together lickety split. And all is well as can be.
Some Thornton Pickard shutter cases, today, it was the final day of their french polishing, the shutter curtains were made early in the week.
In addition I've finally fitted a correct focus lock on my Super Graphic I've been using an old nut up until now - I bought a camera with many issues so avery low purchase price, the seller had given up on finding the parts (non existant here in the UK). The back's been replaced I've retsored the front standard, just the Rangefinder left to do but it's not something I'll realy use.
Next job is making lens boards and fitting lenses, I need a few retaining rings and some old shutters for parts as well to restore Betax 3 & 5 shutters.
Then back to the Thornton Pickard Ruby reflex restoration
Konica Auto S2 Rangefiner. Tore apart the winding and cocking mechanism, cleaned and relubed. The Film loading spools on these cameras get really hard to rotate. A complete teardown is needed. Can't wait to go shooting today !!
I have another one on the bench that is enjoying a complete teardown and CLA. Rangefinders Rock !
Zeiss super ikonta IV finally!!! Have had it for awhile, stiff focus, bit of fungus on lens, dim viewfinder, but with a good rf patch that was aligned well.
I attempted a fix a little while back, just the lens, but it was a no go. The set screws were worn and couldn't be removed.
So today, I was checking it again for fungus spread, it hasn't which is a slight relief. Decided to put a bit of naphtha to loosen up focus, which worked, but ultimately flooded the lens and moved dirt onto it doh!
So what the hell, using the Kiev survival site guide, I dismantled the camera, took out the lens and cleaned as much as I could the rear and middle elements removing dirt and fungus. The front elements were unfortunately stuck without removal of set screws holding lens collar. After cleaning, getting the lens back on was a total pain! Most frustrating repair part I have encountered so far as I did not make a custom spanner. I did with a combination of collapsing the lens and watch tools from the back. Ugh.
Top plate and viewfinder cleaning was easy, but the person to worked on this camera previously mixed up the order of some shims. Replaced according to pics. I actually had a extra part not shown on the site under the right film wind, probably omitted in pics by accident as it was a large piece .
Its operating smoothly now, easy to turn focus, viewfinder and rf are brighter, and everything was cleaned up omitting the area right behind front element which still has a few spots of fungus but is unreachable. ~3.5 hours work. And its sunrise lol.