I've been posting about fixing cameras for a while, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a list of successes and failures so far. Without further ado:Yashica Electro 35 GT.
I cleaned the rangefinder and replaced the seals. The battery compartment had some corrosion leading to a poor connection that had to be re-soldered. But somehow in the course of cleaning it, I managed to throw the rangefinder out of adjustment. Since I work slowly and carefully, getting it adjusted properly was a time-consuming job.Canon Canonet G-III Q17.
This one had a dinged front ring and stiff exposure controls. It went to Tulsa Camera Repair for that because I wasn't comfortable doing it myself at the time. I replaced the seals - a constant refrain on these old cameras - and re-glued the battery test switch from inside the top cover.Olympus XA.
Gosh, I was happy to get this one working! It had a bent fork that operated the aperture. After some head scratching, I figured out how to get to it, and a little judicious bending set it right. Replaced seals again, and the camera worked very well until I dropped it two weeks ago. Now, the meter doesn't work and the case has a crack in it. Dunno if I can fix it, but I sure want another one.Olympus XA2.
Seals and a battery got this one going.Olympus Auto Eye.
Surprise! This camera doesn't have seals! I cleaned the rangefinder and it works well, though there may be an intermittent in the exposure control. I'm not certain yet.Olympus OM-1.
New seals.Canon AE-1 Program.
New seals.Pentax MX.
I have two of these. Both needed new seals.Konica C 35.
I admit defeat on this one. It has extensive internal corrosion from battery leakage and acid flux used to solder the wiring. Rollei 35 S.
I managed to open this camera, and it too shows much corrosion. It's a very nice camera, though, so I may send it out to a specialist for evaluation.Upcoming cameras.Yashica Lynx 5000.
This is a fully manual rangefinder. At present, it doesn't wind and the shutter is inoperative. I haven't disassembled it yet.Minolta HiMatic 9
(or is it a 7? I don't remember). This one has an inoperative shutter too. It has not been disassembled.The wish list.
These are cameras I'd like to get someday.Yashica Lynx 14E
. If I understand correctly, this offers both manual and automatic operation, but the real appeal is that 45mm f 1.4 lens hanging off the front. This thing is big and heavy, but I've always been a sucker for fast glass.Nikon F4
. Yeah. Dream on.German rangefinder.
It would be nice to have a Leica, a Voightlander, or a Contax, but the CycleDog budget may only extend to Russian copies like Kievs, FEDs, or a Zorki. Sorry, but Chinese copies of Russian copies of German cameras are right out. But you never know. I may stumble into that yard sale where a disgruntled ex-wife is selling her husband's old Leica, right next to his Klein track bike and Norton Manx - all for $200!
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