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    Do it yourself shutter cleaning mishaps

    Hi All,

    I have been having an increased amount of
    folks sending me shutters in baggies...
    I have no problem with people wanting to save money
    and try to clean shutters themselves, like the old
    compur, ilex, alphax shutter but I would I would advise
    that it's best to let someone with repair knowledge to
    take care of your Synchro-compur shutters.
    They are a complex shutter with many springs
    and levers and in most cases when folks try, they end up
    sending them to me or an other repair facility in baggies
    many times with missing or broken parts.

    So save your baggies and if you have one of these
    shutters and it needs to be cleaned, leave it to knowledgeable
    person.

    Thanks!

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    Synchro-Compur shutters: I avoid them like the plague, I did exactly what you described, I opened one up and tried to clean it. I would have been better to go out and dissemble the transmission on my truck to clean and adjust it. If there is a line that has to be crossed it's the Synchro-Compur shutter that is on the line.

    Anyone want or need a bag of Synchro-Compur shutter parts? I kept it as a cautionary tale of what can happen when a person gets in over his/her head.

    Thanks for posting this for all to see.
    Curt
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Which is why I sent the whole camera to you. ;^)}

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    All those people must have the same optimism gene as my wife. Her favourite expression, when I say I'm not going to touch some plumbing, electrical or other repair job I don't know how to do, is "well, isn't it just a simple matter of ..........".
    If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe.
    Alfonso the Wise, 1221-1284

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    Dear Curt, YES i would like that bag, if all the parts are in it......

    Yoy might even run the risk to get it back: fully working !

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by archphoto View Post
    Dear Curt, YES i would like that bag, if all the parts are in it......

    Yoy might even run the risk to get it back: fully working !

    Peter
    Ditto that!

    The last shutter I serviced (clean & lube job) was the Syncro Compur to which my beloved Schneider 210 Symmar is attached. Granted, it took three tries re-seating the back before the blades stayed put. It's like I have a brand new lens.

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    My favorite shutter mishap occurred about 20 years ago when I was cleaning some Dial Set Compurs using trichloroethylene. I had about 20 or so of the DS Compurs and all had metal blades, but then somewhere I unknowingly got hold of a model with hard rubber blades. Soon after I swished the shutter around in the solvent, all of the blades shriveled and curled up . . . ruined!!

    EuGene

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    That is a really big deal. I am glad it was not me!

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Carol they also do the same thing with cameras and when they send then in for work they never tell you about it. When you inform then of this they sometimes say oh yet I meant to tell you about it. Then ask why is it costing more then the original quote and taking longer then quoted.

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    Hi, Anyone had any experiance with Sinar electronic shutters? I have one where the rotary blades keep jamming and blowing the fuse in the battery compartment.

    Cheers Dave

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