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    Magnet vs. Shutter

    Hello all

    I made a good deal on a flea market: 20 bucks for a voigländer bessa 6x9 folder in very nice condition. The fastener of the leather case was broken, so I replaced it by a magnetic button. For some days I am wondering whether this was a good idea... what do you think: is it possible that the magnet is harming the shutter mechanism of the camera?
    There is a piece of thick leather plus the camera lid between shutter and magnet and I did not notice any negative effect until now.

    Thanks,

    -Zishe

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    The magnet will have absolutely no affect on the shutter. A good proportion of the working parts will be non ferrous metal and some of the rest will not be affected by magnetism of the strength in the button.

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    you say you didn't notice anything "until now." Are you now? It is highly doubtful -- the magnet's field isn't going to be all that large and I doubt it will affect the shutter's parts -- which are very large and moved by very strong springs and other forces -- in the least. I suppose it is possible to magnetize the metal up there, though, but before i blamed that for any issues I'd look at a more obvious cause, such as not having been serviced for the last 50 years.

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    I would tend to agree with the previous posts, although I have no actual knowledge or experience.

    For peace of mind, I would use velcro instead of the magnet.

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    Thanks for your replies (the bessa is doing a great job, I can hardly wait to develop the rolls shot las weekend).

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    for some 20 years I used an olympus xa as my "pocket notebook". it had an original leather case with a strong magnet just in front of the shutter. no issue ever.



 

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