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    What issues could arise if a camera has been sitting untouched for 9 years?

    Im in negotiations with a seller about a Mamiya 7ii that is brand new but has been sitting untouched for 9 years. According to the serial number the camera was manufactured in 2002. The camera has never seen a roll of film in its life but im concerned about what to expect. Could the shutter and apt be dried up and need a cla?

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    Has a battery been left in the camera? Check for corrosion.
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    Ditto on the battery check. I'd budget for a checkover/clean lube and check...there might be no issues or there could be issues. Much depends on how and where it was stored.
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    Matt... according to the seller there has never been a battery installed.

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    IMHO, idleness is the absolute worst thing you can inflict on a piece of quality machinery. Any piece of equiptment will sieze up with disuse. Just let an auto engine sit without running for a few years and then crank it over--usually the rings are stuck to the cylander walls and torn to shreds. Rubber dryrots, lubricants dry up, and the list goes on. Bellows left folded in one position could crack on first use. Electronics could be dead. I recently purchased a flash, brand new un-opened in box. It went up in smoke first time I switched it on.

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    Nine years isn't a particularly long time, when it comes to cameras.

    My concern would be that if I was considering it, I would be tempted to test it myself, whereas it would probably be more prudent to have it first looked at by an experienced camera repair technician.

    I'd be willing to bet that there are still a significant number of unused cameras that have been sitting in camera store storage areas since 2002.
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    A Mamiya 7ii probably has pretty modern lubricants. I doubt you will have any problems with lubricants drying up. I wouldn't worry about it too much- the less use the camera had the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    A Mamiya 7ii probably has pretty modern lubricants. I doubt you will have any problems with lubricants drying up. I wouldn't worry about it too much- the less use the camera had the better.
    HUH? cameras like anything else need to stored properly. If it were stored in a damp cellar or a hot attic for 9yrs I would have a problem with that. Fine cigars or even a fine wine need to stored properly the same is true with camera if they are going to sit idle for an extended period of time.

    The camera needs to be checked out by a tech or a very knowledgeable photographer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Rollinger View Post
    Im Could the shutter and apt be dried up and need a cla?
    The shutter and aperture are in the lens. Does it have one with the kit? You will want at some point to add lenses, so even if the lens needs a cla they are easy to find. The shutters are electronic and likely to be OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by domaz View Post
    A Mamiya 7ii probably has pretty modern lubricants. I doubt you will have any problems with lubricants drying up. I wouldn't worry about it too much- the less use the camera had the better.
    Agree. Silicone-based lubricants won't be gummy or dry after a decade. The penchant for pre-emptive CLAs without ever running a roll thru a NOS 2002-vintage camera is a bit of an urban legend. Maybe on a 70s Minolta but on a new Mamiya 7 II? Metering glitches or lens shutter abnormailities are possible but unlikely issues.

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