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    Rolleiflex SL66 shutter jam - Any suggestions

    Hi,

    I've managed to jam my SL66. Don't think i did anything wrong, the last wind was complete, but none the less the mirror has locked up, the shutter release doesn't do anything and the winding mechanism is locked as if the shutter was wound.

    Second time its happened, last time it went to Brian Mickleboro who got it back running nicely, but he's off on holiday at for the next few weeks, so willing to give things a go myself. Has anybody got any suggestions to get it back operational?

    Leaves a bit of a bitter taste it happening a second time, i bought this to replace a Zenith 80 for German reliability, but never mind - its done now. A second body isn't going to be cheap.

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    If you have any sense leave it alone, and give it a professional to service is my best advice.
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    I generally draw the line at anything that requires I take a cover off, however as its a bit of a regular occurrence at the moment I just through I'd ask the around here to see if anybody had any experience and knew how complex the job might be.

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    I would e-mail Jürgen Kuschnik, who is an expert on this camera. jurgenkus at yahoo dot com

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    I don´t know what your qualifications are, but I trying to repair an SL66 by oneself is a job I wouldn´t dare doing.

    As your in Europe, you might want to send it to Juergen Kuschnik (http://www.jurgenkuschnik.com/) here in Germany. He took care of my SL66 which locked up completely and gave it a new life. You say that it happened for the second time, then I would tell him to give camera a close inspection.

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    Jurgen is very good with these I know, but Brian is UK based and has been doing rollei repairs for a good while. Seems a bit daft not to try doing it under warranty if its a complex job.
    If it carries on doing it I'll send it over to Juergen

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    The SL66 is like a vintage clock, so I would not mess with it. Sounds like if it's under warranty, that's another good reason not to mess with it and send it to Brian when he returns. Have you tried to see whether engaging mirror lock up switch then trying firing the shutter works?
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    I did have one jam up one time and it was a spring that needed to be replaced, which Jürgen did. While several people in the US are willing to work on this camera and are at least somewhat familiar with it, very few have a stock of proper replacement parts. Really though, what a superb camera.

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    Also, while you are waiting for your repair person to return from vacation for warranty repair, you could still e-mail Jürgen in case there might be a simple sequence of moves you could try. If there is a non-invasive trick to freeing up a minor jam, I am sure he would be happy to tell you about it.

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    Fortunately, I have never had a shutter jam with either of my 30+ year-old SL66's. However, I did send both of them to Jurgen shortly before he returned to Germany from the US, and was very impressed with his work and honesty. He worked on Brett Weston's 66's also.

    If you find a simple solution, hope you will post it.

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