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    Advice on Canon VI-T I just recieved

    I won a calumet auction a few days ago on a canon vi-t rangefinder that was graded as very good condition with everything operating. Problem is when I received it yesterday night and was running through the usual tests (shutter speed, wind on, self timer, rangefinder patch alignment) I noticed the frame counter was not resetting. I have the previous model of this camera the vt, so this one is quite familiar in my hands, the change up between the two was the auto frame counter. The counter should have reset upon opening the back. I checked the door pin, and it is free moving. There is though a dent on the right side of the top plate by the wind knob up top, this could have caused this I think.

    Well I shot all the way up to 40 thinking it might trigger a rewind after it hit the stop, but it didn't. Tried loading it with some film shot a few frames, and tried unwinding to see if the regular motions would fix it. Nope

    With these trigger wind bodies, you need more force to wind on using the bottom trigger, without a counter you run the risk of ripping film off the spool. And also the usual running out and not knowing and having to change a roll. I think canon recommended to knob wind the last three shots to prevent rippage.

    I contacted calumet and they don't offer repair on this and only a full refund. I'm a bit bummed about it. What should I do? A cla for this from someplace like Essex camera is $180 not including shipping plus wait time. I got the camera for $150 with shipping. keh has another vit in ex for $199, or an ex P for $130. what should I do?

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    For whatever it's worth, I suggest sending back the defective camera, scratching up another $49 plus freight, and getting the one in EX condition. Life is too short to have to deal with improperly functioning gear when you can get something that works for not a whole lot of money. Good luck, whatever you decide.
    Paul

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    If you feel up to it, you can take off the top plate and see what the problem is. It's really not that hard.

    Personally, I'd keep it. All of these classic cameras are now 50+ years old and stuff will happen. If you really want one that is in perfecting operating condition, you're going to have to pop for a CLA.

    Jim B.

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    You win a defective camera when it is described in good working order......you send it back for a full refund...no need to ask what you should do..

    I'd then get the one KEH has...
    Leicarfcam aka Colyn

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    I was just kinda bummed that besides just a few small dents, this camera had probably lived its life in that half case it came in. Perfect leather, good alignment, smooth wind on.

    Well I shot a roll of Tmax 100 through it to test if it would rip the roll, it didn't but I did find a piece of broken film when I opened the door ripped from leader. I think It could have easily ripped it off the spool had I pulled harder or used reloads with light tape. The last shot actually overlapped and double exposed, probably because the regular strength pull was strong enough to disengage the film from the sprocketed roller, which is not good! (on the upside it exposed it fairly well, I think maybe a bit over, slower speeds? didn't sound like it though)

    I weighed the options, and I don't think it was worthwhile for me to have to worry about this every time I picked up this camera, or worry about stray bits of film being dislodged within the camera, and constantly losing the last frame.

    I would try to open it up, but I don't want to get into that can of worms, as the top plate is tricky with the pc flash sync port on the side, the cold shoe auto parallax pin, and having to remove the pop up wind on with that damn small button on the side. Easier to get off that put back.

    Thanks for the advice guys.

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    Update: Keeping it! Calumet helped fix the situation, great customer service like always.



 

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