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  1. #1

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    Konica III Intermittent Shutter Sticking

    I picked up a nice Konica III but it takes some shutter actuations (typically 5-6) before the shutter will operate properly. This usually happens again after changing the shutter speed. The shutter blades will either not open, open slowly and stay open, or open and not completely close. Is there a way to get to the shutter blades and flush out dried out lubricant, which appears to be the problem?

    When the shutter is operating properly, the shutter speeds sound right and the self-timer operates smoothly.

  2. #2

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    This camera should be serviced. Plain and simple.

    The Konica III is an excellent camera and the last in the trio of rangefinders from the 1950s. There are several variations of the Konica III.

  3. #3

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    I sent the camera to Greg Weber. It turns out the shutter had to be repaired (2 broken blades and pins). The camera has been restored and is beautiful. The lens deserves its reputation for sharpness and contrast. It was well worth the $200 repair cost.
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