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    Spotmatic Slow Speed Governor Cleaning

    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.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    You're right Ben. No substitute for a CLA.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    You're right Ben. No substitute for a CLA.
    You must be a mind reader
    Ben

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    Woahh, dude! Don't do that! Yer freakin' me out!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Woahh, dude! Don't do that! Yer freakin' me out!
    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.
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Olives View Post
    ... In fact, I'll probably never use a 1 second exposure ...
    In other words, for your purposes, it ain't broke.

    Not suggesting that a CLA isn't justified, just not truly necessary.
    "Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    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.
    But...
    I thought you...
    Didn't you...
    Um...hm.

    Whoooah.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.



 

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