Help with a Koni-Omega
I recently bought a Koni-Omega Rapid M and with it I bought
an unused 220 back for it still in the box. (It came with a 120 back)
When I pulled the film advance lever out on the 220 back,
I could not get it to go back in. However, it did have enough
"give" to it to change the dots and numbers on the film
counter as I worked it back and forth about ½ an inch.
I got a small screwdriver and opened the cover over the
gears that the lever operates and it advances back and
forth like the 120 does. However, when I reattached it,
it would only pull and not go back in, like before.
There seemes to be a flange that is held in place by the
4 screws. Once this is screwed back down, it seems to
be preventing the lever to move in the one direction.
Any ideas or suggestions?
PM me, and I'll email you a some of scanned pages of Koni back repair manual which I got a couple of years back (about 2.5 MB).
Greg is THE Koni guy.
Treat the Koni as if you paid 10 times what you actually did,
it is an incredible camera, and even the most wild-eyed fan
Only a screw driver can kill it.
Years ago I had a Koni-Omega with the same film advance problems. Sadly, I attempted to repair it myself. Don't do it!!! Send the camera to a qualified repair person.
Originally Posted by df cardwell
The late, and beloved, Steve Grimes used to joke that he got rich off the guy who sold home camera repair manuals.
Originally Posted by resummerfield
I don't know that Steve EVER got rich (except in friends)
but he was kept BUSY by guys who had learned
how to take their own cameras apart.
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I agree with everything you said. Greg Weber is the guy to fix the problem, and Koni-Omega and Rapid-Omegas really are that good.
Originally Posted by df cardwell
Well, guys, don't worry. My cameras are my "children". If EVER I sold one,
it would be in BETTER shape than when I got it, unless it was new.
Since I don't intend on using the 220 back any time soon, it won't be
that much of a deal. However, I like things working perfectly. I won't even
loan out a book because I know the pages will come back with that little
bend in it where they turned the page. Am I too pickey?!
I went over to Weber Camera and their site is under construction. I can
wait; it ain't a pressing issue....right now.
Believe you me, I was VERY careful with that little screwdriver. I even
used a supported lighted magnifier.
Thanks for ALL the info. I really appreciate you guys.
I have my first roll in the Koni. I haven't finished it up. But, from what
all I've read and seen, I hope they turn out OK. It's the photographer
I worry about, sometimes. LOL
You can call Greg Weber at (402) 721-3873. The backs were considered the weak point of the Koni-Omega system. The problem is that the user was tempted to pull out and push back the film advance arm very quickly. Pushing it back too fast can bend the stop and cause it to jam. I used Koni-Omega cameras in High School. The most impressive feature is the way in which the film is kept flat in the back. For group photos the 58mm lens gives excellent sharpness from corner to corner. The fact that it's an f/5.6 lens isn't a problem because you are focusing it with a rangefinder.
I had read about that, so I was very careful with both of them. The 120 back
seemed a little stiff, but once I had worked it a couple of times, it loosened up
and "felt" like it was working right. It definitely wasn't ME that yanked it back
and forth quickly.
You CAN "work" the back without it being ON the camera, right?
MY problem is holding the camera steady enough. I feel that I'm "pulling" the
camera as I push the shutter button. My pictures will tell me.
The camera has an f/3.5 80mm Hexanon lens on it.
Good Evening, Steve,
Yes, the back can be operated while off the camera. Typo in your last paragraph?? 90mm is the normal lens.
Actually, the shutter button arrangement on the K-O is very advantageous. The "squeezing" motion, similar to that of triggers on firearms, tends to be much steadier than the downward motion of shutter mechanisms on so many cameras. Once you're used to it, you'll probably prefer it.
Even if they're at least twenty-five years old, K-O's are terrific cameras; their results can certainly run rings around anything 35mm and lots of other MF stuff.