Exakta Varex IIb strip down

A couple of days ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIb body to go with my Exakta Varex IIa which I bought a few weeks ago. This camera was bought from eBay for only £10 because it needed a repair, so my first job when I received it was to get the shutter unit out in order to see what was wrong with it.

These pictures can also be viewed full size here.

The pictures above show the steps necessary to get the shutter out of the case. One big advantage of working on the Exakta series is the way the shutter can be removed from the camera case and be fully functional which makes it easier to see what needs to be done to get the camera working.

As it happens, although the film advance was completely locked when I initially tried it, when the shutter was out of the camera I could get it to work, so it seems all that is needed in this case is some cleaning, lubrication and general TLC to hopefully restore it to it’s former glory.

A tip which you may find useful if you need to do this at any time is that the fast speed setting knob will also double as a film advance when the shutter is out of the camera and the film advance lever is off – I found this quite useful to cock and fire the shutter.

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