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    \Aahh yes.. the durabilty of real camera. If that would of been a digital camera, would cost a fortune for repair work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    \Aahh yes.. the durabilty of real camera. If that would of been a digital camera, would cost a fortune for repair work.

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    Durability??? The camera's trashed, there's a good chance the lens is too. How is that "durable"?


    No camera and lens can go through an event like this without sustaining some damage/misalignment, anyone who thinks otherwise is indulging in fantasy.

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    My bad.. I thought he said it was ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    My bad.. I thought he said it was ok?

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    "...the camera now fucusses past infinity" which means it's unuseable.
    Todd, the camera sustained enough damage that the lens with the mount still attached was separated from the camera. There's a high probability that the lens is now internally misaligned, and who knows what else is wrong with the body.
    This is why I won't get any gear with any sign of impact damage, not even a dented filter ring - actually especially a dented filter ring, even if it appears to be OK. There are too many things that can be lurking.

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    F3 story

    Before heading out with my wife in her Jeep, I opened up the back, saw her fleece, and wrapped my F3 in it so it wouldn't get bounced around.

    She wanted to wear the fleece. As I was doing something else, she opened the back of the Jeep, grabbed part of her fleece, pulled it out of the Jeep, and dumped my F3 from a height of 2 ft onto the driveway.

    After a moment of panic, I realized it had landed on a bottom corner, and that everything was working normally. Lens wasn't even scratched. I had to look hard to even even see the scratch on the body.

    It's my "beater" F3 anyway, I have two more in nicer condition :-)

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    Thanks EVH for the clarification.. That is sad. Must admit, I skimmed over his posting and saw the word OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    Nikon F2 - they don't call it the tank for no reason.
    Yes, that's safer than a Canon F-1n because the F-1n would have damaged the pavement.

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    I've got a Piper Cub RC plane hanging from my ceiling. A few years ago the nitro engine went dead after takeoff. The plane was smashed into absolute smithereens. I mean particles. Determined not to let that be the end of it, I rebuilt it. It's still holding up. There's a good bit of wood holding all that glue together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    Thanks EVH for the clarification.. That is sad. Must admit, I skimmed over his posting and saw the word OK.
    Once when I was working on a camera I mixed up the shims which ensure that the lens mounting flange is the corrrect distance from and parralel to the filmplane. Here's what I did: The flange is mounted on a diecast plate which is fastened to the main body casting by four screws. The shims went between this plate and the main casting.
    I set the body (with the back removed) on a granite surface plate, supported by .5000" gauge blocks on the film rails. Using a .0001" resolution dial indicator set to zero at the flange distance + .5000, I shimmed the front plate until it was parralel to and the correct distance from the filmplane, taking the time to rub the shims on a stone until the flange was spot on, within the ability of my measuring tools - say within .000020".
    Then, I put a groundglass at the filmplane and adjusted the focussing screen until the focus at the filmplane matched the focus in the viewfinder, using a viewfinder magnifier.

    My point here is, once a camera becomes misaligned it's no small job to put it right - and one needs special tools; I did this in the gauge room of a machineshop which I am very lucky to have access to, using tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment which most people don't have access to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    "...the camera now fucusses past infinity" which means it's unuseable.
    Not too sure about this one. If I can get the image nicely focused on the ground glass, won't it be in focus on the film plane ? After all my view camera focuses past infinity and is very usable.
    Then it's only a question of film advance and shutter speed, which both seem unaffected.
    Last edited by AOCo; 07-08-2013 at 05:47 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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