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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
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    Unless you really want to fix get out the hammers and pipe wrenches to try fixing the camera yourself here is a suggestion. It is, at best, only a temporary fix unless you do not really care terribly what happens to this camera.
    Place the camera (without lens) under a desk lamp with an incandescent bulb for a several hours. When it is warm, try working the shutter to see if you can get the lube spread out a bit. This is not a permanenet fix and the camera should be used sparingly until you wish to bite the bullet and pay $$ for a proper cla.
    I did that before, seemed to work for a bit. My problem now is the whole shutter is broken, it won't even open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I did that before, seemed to work for a bit. My problem now is the whole shutter is broken, it won't even open.
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    Drat!
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    Indeed! Oh well. I'm on the verge of buying a Zorki 1/industar 22 kit from Fedka!
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    A good CLA is your ticket. Then you know what you have. Don't fret at a seized shutter; my Fed 3a had a seized shutter and I actually fixed it myself. (It had an insect stuck in it. Seriously.)

    I have a few Feds and Zorkis but my favourites are the Fed 3a, Fed 2c and my Zorki 4. I have a Zorki 4K, Fed 3b and Fed 5c also and they are certainly usable, but I don't like them as much. These cameras just feel more natural with knob wind for some reason.
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    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Jim, seems like the shutter is broken just like if you were to change the speeds before winding. the pins are not lining up, and a CLA for $70 doesn't seem worth it when I can get a zorki 1 and lens for a bit more.
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    Yes, but you won't know what you have in the Zorki 1. It could easily need a CLA, too.

    Not to mention, do you know how hard the old Zorkis and Feds are to load? They are bottom loaders.

    A CLAed camera will be reliable for a good while. A purchase of another camera is always a gamble.

    Two of those favourite Soviet cameras I listed above got a CLA by Oleg. I don't think it's a coincidence.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Another thought: get a Zorki 4 with the Jupiter 8 lens. If it turns out that even after a CLA it's behaving weirdly, pick up an old Leica body (such as a IIIc, or an M3 via a Voigtländer LTML adapter) for that and put the lens on that. Then you have kooky pre-war German ergonomics combined with kooky Soviet lens performance in one Dr Strangelove-worthy package.

    If you don't trust old cameras, then look into getting a more recent Leica, Voigtländer or Hexar, via an adapter if need be.

    Those are the plans for my Jupiter 8 mounted on a flaky Zorki 4.

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    Another thought: get a Zorki 4 with the Jupiter 8 lens. If it turns out that even after a CLA it's behaving weirdly, pick up an old Leica body (such as a IIIc, or an M3 via a Voigtländer LTML adapter) for that and put the lens on that. Then you have kooky pre-war German ergonomics combined with kooky Soviet lens performance in one Dr Strangelove-worthy package.

    If you don't trust old cameras, then look into getting a more recent Leica, Voigtländer or Hexar, via an adapter if need be.

    Those are the plans for my Jupiter 8 mounted on a flaky Zorki 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    Yes, but you won't know what you have in the Zorki 1. It could easily need a CLA, too.

    Not to mention, do you know how hard the old Zorkis and Feds are to load? They are bottom loaders.

    A CLAed camera will be reliable for a good while. A purchase of another camera is always a gamble.

    Two of those favourite Soviet cameras I listed above got a CLA by Oleg. I don't think it's a coincidence.
    My Zorki doesn't just need a CLA, it needs a whole camera repair. The zorki 1 will come from Fedka so I trust it is working well.

    And they're not that hard to load, its like loading a Leica, which is easy after the first few tries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    Not to mention, do you know how hard the old Zorkis and Feds are to load? They are bottom loaders.
    I've got a bottom-loading Zenit C. My problem with this design isn't that it's so hard to load (IMHO, it isn't); it's that the film leader must be cut extra-long. This means I must load the camera at home, where scissors are handy; pre-cut the film at home before going out; or take scissors or a knife with me. Admittedly these are minor hassles in the grand scheme of things, but they are complications I can do without. If I forget to pre-cut the film or take scissors, I might finish a roll and be unable to load another one for lack of scissors.

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