It is a very tight fit but a screwdriver just fits. The angle on the screw is acute so be careful not to strip the head. 1/8th of a turn is all my camera needed.
I ordered "Griptite" covering for the camera, will update when that arrives.
ic-racer, Very interesting post re your Yashica FX3, but not for the faint hearted, like me.
However, I wonder if you have a basic suggestion for a fault on a Yashica FR1, which I have just bought. The film speed dial is locked at ASA/ISO 80[1 mark below the ISO 100 point]. The exposure compensation dial is still working and adjust the viewfinder readings when I alter the compensation.
The camera appears to have been stored and unused for quite a time. Would 1-2 drops of lighter fuel, or clear alcohol, dropped into the film speed dial, help to free it ? Apart from that the camera is in exceptional condition, and everything else seems OK.
If it cannot be freed then I can still use the camera with a hand exposure meter, rely on those readings, set them on the camera, and ignore the readings in the viewfinder.
Hope you can come up with a solution for me.
There is always the risk of the numbers coming off. Even on the FX-3 my favorite 'safe' cleaner (409, a common household cleaner) took the orange off the "125" speed on the dial. The white remained underneath so I used a red marker to re-do it. Alcohol may take the numbers off.
I will say that when I got my first free FX-3 the ASA setting was frozen. I loosened it enough to change the setting with some 409 but it was never perfect again until taking the whole assembly apart and cleaning it.
From the KYPHOTO repair forum (proceed at your own risk):
[To remove the center disk from the shutter speed dial to remove it] A small sewing needle will sometimes work, but the last couple of FR-1's I have worked on required placing the tip of a soldering iron on the decorator disk. The heat will melt the glue BUT also marks the surface finish, and will probably require a bit of painting!
Great job. Thanks for sharing
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Finally got the covering material and finished the camera. It really handles nice with the new covering.
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Wow you are the expert...One day I will take the top plate off my FR1 to see if I can fix the common frame counter problem, and you saying "taking the top plate off was easy" has encouraged me.
Your FX-3 looks so nice I would like to send you my two bodies. I have only three Yashica lenses. They are all 50/2 MLs. One needs service. I have a Tokina RMC Doubler and a nice 28-85/2.8-3.8 Vivitar in Y/C mount as well as a Tamron Adaptall II mount adapter and, somewhere, a Vivitar TX mount adapter. I will look for reasonably priced Yashica lenses and I would like to get a 50/1.7 or 50/1.4 Zeiss lens.
Originally Posted by ic-racer
The FX-3 was my first camera back in 1983. Served me well.
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I just inherited my Yashica Fx-3 from my grate grandpa, but the focus mirror is scratched. Is there any way i can fix it my self, or will they repair it in a shop. if so would it be expensive ?