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    Wanna watch? Bessa L repair?

    I have a Bessa L that I bought used a year ago. The take up clutch needs tensioning. Already I have removed the bottom. To remove the top one must pull off the plastic covers from the front of the camera and remove two screw that hold the top on, and I've done this.

    I am amazed at the extremely poor quality of this camera and since I'm definitely not gonna send a piece of junk like this to be repaired by someone else for $$ I'll try it myself.

    If a few of you want to see my progress and wish to offer suggestions (other than dump the crap in the garbage) I'll be glad to take pics and post it. If not I'll just proceed and if I fix it great.. if not....garbage can.

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    I'd love to see the progress. Not sure what suggestions I'll be able to offer though...

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    I'm surprised at your summary of the camera's quality. I've never been inside a Bessa, but in using them I haven't had a "piece of junk" feeling about the workings---can you elaborate a little on what you're finding that's so bad?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    I'm surprised at your summary of the camera's quality. I've never been inside a Bessa, but in using them I haven't had a "piece of junk" feeling about the workings---can you elaborate a little on what you're finding that's so bad?

    Thanks

    -NT
    This is a Bessa L
    So far:
    -Plastic gears in shutter timer.
    -thin plastic base plate.
    -plastic top cover.
    -to remove top one must remove plastic covers from front of camera on each side of lens. Two screws then remove plastic top cover. Plastic covers held on with double backed tape.
    -film advance lever cheap tinny thing with ( guess what?) a plastic cover.
    -Camera Back cover, plastic.

    Did I mention the camera has a lot of plastic? Think of a LOMO.
    Pictures to come.

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    Bessa L innards, so far:

    Remove plastic front covers by gingerly lifting away from double sided tape.

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    Is it just this Bessa that is of this low quality?
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Screws on top both sides remove.

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    Remove screws on front bezel
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    Innards for meter and flash. Lotsa plastic and tin.

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    Plastic top and really wretched flash connections.
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    From the top the winder looks great.
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    To remove winder remove two screws underneath to reveal a rather tinny cheap mechanism.
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    Bottom protective plate.

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    Plastic gears in shutter mechanism.
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