Vintage camera repair index

This vintage camera repair index page lists all the repair posts on the site which deal with vintage cameras and lenses. I’ll just point out that I am not a professionally trained repair technician, so although I hope you find these articles helpful, please read them in light of that information.

Repairs of Equipment by Agfa
Agfa Ambi Silette 35mm rangefinder camera - cover down
Posted: 18 Feb 16
Agfa Ambi Silette film advance strip downThis post covers the procedure I used to strip down, clean and lubricate the Ambi Silette film advance mechanism. It also includes pictures and a description of how I removed the top cover of the camera to get access.
Agfa Ambi Silette shutter repair - speed setting plate removed
Posted: 19 Feb 16
Agfa Ambi Silette shutter repairIn this post I cover the Agfa Ambi Silette shutter repair procedure I used when the shutter blades in the camera would move only slightly as the shutter was cocked, and then only move back when the release was pushed.
Agfa Karat f/3.5 top cover strip down - waiting for strip down
Posted: 13 Nov 16
Agfa Karat film advance repairThis post describes how I stripped down and cleaned up my Agfa Karat film advance & frame counter assembly. It's a pretty straight forward operation, but it's easier if you can see what to expect before you take it apart, so I've posted this to help anyone who needs to do the same operation.
Agfa Karat with focus cleanup complete
Posted: 15 Nov 16
Cleaning an Agfa Karat focus helicoidI couple of days ago I cleaned up the frame advance mechanism on my Agfa Karat 35mm viewfinder camera, but the one remaining area which still needed attention was the focus mechanism and so this post covers cleaning up the Agfa Karat focus helicoid.

Posted: 22 Feb 17
Cleaning and servicing the Agfa Karat 12 film advance.How I carried out a servicing of the Agfa Karat 12 film advance to return the camera to its proper working condition.

Posted: 24 Feb 17
Agfa Karat 12 Compur shutter clean upThis post describes the process I used during a Compur shutter clean up on my Agfa Karat 12 rangefinder camera.
Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly - camera complete
Posted: 25 Feb 17
Agfa Karat 12 re-assemblyOver the last few days I've been cleaning and repairing the film advance and shutter on my Agfa Karat 12 rangefinder camera, and today I completed my refurbishment and re-assembled the camera.
Agfa Colorflex shutter removal
Posted: 17 Mar 17
Agfa Colorflex strip down - part 1A few weeks ago I acquired an Agfa Colorflex 35mm, fixed lens, slr camera which had a few problems with the shutter. In order to see what was wrong I needed to remove the shutter from the camera, and this short post shows the sequence I went through to do that.
Agfa Karat IV film transport - All cleaned up and complete
Posted: 07 May 17
Agfa Karat IV repairs and cleanupA post describing the process I used when carrying out some repairs on my Agfa Karat IV rangefinder camera to return it to working condition. These repairs included the film transport, focus re-greasing and some repairs to the shutter

Posted: 16 May 17
Agfa Karat viewfinder camera with strap lugsThis is a very short pictorial review of the model of  Agfa Karat viewfinder camera which has strap lugs fitted to the top cover. In functionality, it is identical to the Agfa Karat f/3.5 which I covered in a previous post, so this article is just a description of my particular camera and some images of the camera. All the pictures in this post can be viewed full size here. My Camera This camera was bought from eBay as a [...]
Agfa Karat Art Deco - complete camera
Posted: 12 Nov 17
Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repairA pictorial guide to the Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance, how to strip it down, clean it and re-assemble it.
Agfa Flexilette 35mm TLR
Posted: 20 Oct 19
Agfa Flexilette 35mm TLR cameraA look at a rather unique camera, the Agfa flexilette, featuring a twin lens reflex design which was quite unusual for a 35mm film camera
Repairs of Equipment by Argus
Servicing the Argus A2F - Time / Bulb assembly detail
Posted: 29 Apr 18
Servicing the Argus A2F viewfinder cameraThis post covers the process I used whilst servicing the Argus A2F viewfinder camera which I picked up from eBay a few days ago. I've included plenty of pictures which will hopefully assist anyone else who want's to do the same to their camera.
Repairs of Equipment by Balda
Balda Baldamatic I 35mm rangefinder camera with agfalux flash
Posted: 29 Dec 16
Balda Baldamatic I 35 mm rangefinderThe name Balda Baldamatic I is a bit of a misnomer as the camera is not automatic in the sense we understand it. There is no automatic exposure control, or focus, but there are aids to help with both in the form of a coupled rangefinder for focus, and a coupled light meter for exposure.
Repairs of Equipment by Beauty
Stripping down a Beauty Beaumat - top cover removed
Posted: 03 Feb 18
Stripping down a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder cameraIn this pictorial post I describe the process I used when stripping down a Beauty Beaumat 35mm rangefinder camera which had multiple faults. As it turned out, the camera was not repairable and so became a spares camera.
Repairs of Equipment by Ciro-Flex
Ciro-Flex TLR  shutter strip down - shutter blades re positioned
Posted: 27 Apr 17
Ciro-flex TLR shutter strip down and serviceThis post describes how I got the shutter off a Ciro-flex TLR camera and cleaned up both the aperture and, since I needed to completely dismantle it to get the the aperture, the shutter as well.
Ciro-flex  repair - Refitting the sync leads
Posted: 01 May 17
Ciro-flex repair and clean up.A few days ago I published a post on the techniques I used to clean and service the shutter from my Ciro-flex TLR camera. Today I'm going to show the other things I needed to do to get the Ciro-flex repair finished and the camera fully cleaned up and ready to use.
Repairs of Equipment by Edixa
Edixa reflex D strip down - Under the top cover
Posted: 13 Jun 15
Edixa Reflex D strip downThis post covers the procedure I used to strip down my Edixa Reflex D 35mm reflex camera. There is both a description and many pictures which describes what I did.
Repairs of Equipment by Exakta
Exakta Exa II shutter repair  - Film transport shaft
Posted: 02 Apr 17
Exakta Exa II shutter repairOver the last couple of days I've been stripping down and repairing my Exakta Exa II 35mm slr which had a fault with the shutter first curtain sticking in the frame and this post covers the process I used during my Exakta Exa II shutter repair.
Exakta Exa 500 shutter removed from body
Posted: 22 Apr 17
Ihagee Exa 500 slow speed repairThis post covers the procedure I followed to clean up the shutter of my Ihagee Exa 500 camera to restore the slow speeds to their correct timing.
Exakta Varex IIb Strip Down - shutter extracted from case
Posted: 13 May 17
Exakta Varex IIb strip downA pictorial guide to removing the mechanics of an Exakta Varex IIb camera from its body in order to find what was wrong with the shutter.
Exakta Varex IIb shutter repair and clean - marking the tape position
Posted: 14 May 17
Exakta Varex IIb shutter repair and cleanupThis post covers the procedure I used as I carried out an Exakta Varex IIb shutter repair and cleanup operation. As well as a description, I've also included many pictures as guidance.
Repairs of Equipment by Finetta
Finetta 88 35mm viewfinder camera
Posted: 08 Nov 16
Finetta 88 35mm interchangeable lens viewfinder cameraThis is a short review and also repair post about the Finetta 88 viewfinder camera with an interchangeable lens from the 1950s.
Repairs of Equipment by Helios
Helios 44M focus thread cleanup -  lens
Posted: 14 Jun 14
Helios 44M focus thread cleanupThis post covers the Helios 44M focus thread cleanup procedure I used on my lens to free up the very stiff focus adjustment and return it to active service.
Repairs of Equipment by Jupiter/Industar
Industar 61 showing adjustment of aperture and focus
Posted: 02 Feb 14
Industar 61 f/2.8 50mm lensThis post tells the story of how I discovered that vintage lenses, designed for rangefinder cameras in the 1960s, can be put to renewed use with some of the modern mirror-less cameras. In this particular case the lens in question is the Industar 61.
Repairs of Equipment by Kodak
Kodak Retina IIc frame counter assembly different view
Posted: 16 Oct 16
Kodak Retina IIc top cover removalThis short post deals with removing the top cover from a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder camera to reveal the film advance and rangefinder.
Kodak Retina IIc with shutter removed from body
Posted: 18 Oct 16
Removing the shutter from a Retina IIc 35mm rangefinderIn my last post I described how I removed the top cover from my recently acquired Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder in order to remove dust particles and check the condition of the cocking rack. In this post I’m going to describe how I removed the lens rear element for cleaning, and also removed the shutter assembly so I can clean the shutter and get the camera’s slow speeds working again. Kodak Retina IIc shutter Images As with the top [...]
Kodak Retina IIc compur synchro shutter stip down - the compur synchro shutter stripped down as far as I went
Posted: 21 Oct 16
Cleaning the Compur Synchro shutter from a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder cameraIn my last post I described how I removed the shutter from my Kodak Retina IIc camera, and in this post I'm going to describe how I stripped down and cleaned the slow speed regulator and self timer on the compur synchro shutter.
Kodak retina IIc - focus helicoid removed
Posted: 22 Oct 16
Cleaning the focus mechanism on a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinderThis post describes the antics I went through when I cleaned the focus mechanism in my Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder.
Kodak Retina IIc camera - focus and aperture scales
Posted: 23 Oct 16
A lesson learned - and a guide for othersOver the last few days I’ve been refurbishing a Kodak Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera which I picked up as a non working model from eBay. Having stripped down the shutter and got it fully working, and then cleaned up the focus of its gummy grease, the last step in the process was to refit the shutter to the camera body and make sure the cocking mechanism was properly coupled to the film advance. Fitting the shutter is a relatively [...]

Posted: 21 Dec 16
A pair of Kodak Retina Reflex S camerasThis is my initial assessment of a pair of Kodak Retina Reflex cameras I bought a couple of days ago for £20. They are both non-functional, and I’m hoping that I can salvage one camera from the two, or if the worse comes to the worse use them as parts for my Retina Reflex III. My Cameras As I said above I bought both these cameras from the same seller on eBay who was absolutely clear that neither body worked [...]

Posted: 23 Dec 16
Stripping down a Kodak Retina Reflex SAs I said in my last post I have a couple of Retina Reflex S cameras which I bought as non working units with the intention of hopefully making a good working unit from the two. I’d just done an initial assessment when I wrote my last post, but now I’ve looked in more detail and I’ve found that one of the units is in a much worse state than the other one. Therefore, I’ve decided to strip that unit [...]
Kodak Retina Reflex S film advance re-assembly - ready for the serviced shutter to be fitted
Posted: 25 Dec 16
Rebuilding the Kodak Retina Reflex S film advanceThis shows the steps I took during the re-assembly of my Retina Reflex S film advance, with lots of pictures to help anyone doing the same job
Kodak Retina Reflex S shutter repair - shutter blades actuator ring removed
Posted: 26 Dec 16
Kodak Retina Reflex S shutter repairHaving stripped down and successfully cleaned and re-assembled the film advance mechanism on my Kodak Retina Reflex S, the next part I needed to get working was the shutter, and this post documents how carried out the Retina Reflex S shutter repair.
Retina Reflex S exposure meter re-string - cord fitted in place
Posted: 02 Jan 17
Retina Reflex S exposure meter restringingIn this, the next part of my Kodak Retina Reflex S refurbishment, I explain the process I used to change the exposure meter cord with new string.
Retina Reflex S re-assembly - refitted prism
Posted: 15 Jan 17
Kodak Retina Reflex S re-assemblyA couple of weeks ago I completed the restringing of the exposure meter of my Retina Reflex S which left me with a clean and working shutter and body ready to assemble together again. Yesterday I completed that operation this post covers the Retina Reflex S re-assembly.
Kodak Retina III S with shutter removed
Posted: 13 Oct 19
Kodak Retina III S rangefinder repairI recently picked up a Kodak Retina III S quite cheaply in a faulty condition from ebay, and this post shows the actions I took to repair it.
Repairs of Equipment by Konica
Konica Autoreflex T2 top cover removal - prism and exposure system under the cover
Posted: 14 May 16
Konica Autoreflex T2 Top cover removalThis is a post detailing the Konica Autoreflex T2 top cover removal procedure. As well as the description there are many photos to guide the way.
Repairs of Equipment by Kowa
Kowa SE 35mm slr strip down - lens removed from body
Posted: 13 Dec 15
Kowa SE strip down - part one.Last week I received a Kowa SE 35mm fixed lens slr which had a few problems. After a bit of playing about with the camera I found that something was stopping the aperture blades from fully opening. This post covers the Kowa SE strip down procedure I used.
Kowa SE lens & aperture repair - aperture blades
Posted: 14 Dec 15
Kowa SE lens & aperture repairAfter the strip down of my Kowa SE shutter and body, and the discovery that at least part of the problem is with the aperture assembly, the next stage was to try to get access to the aperture blades to see why they weren't properly opening. This post therefore covers the Kowa SE lens & aperture repair.
Kowa SE 35mm slr strip down - lens reassembled to the body
Posted: 15 Dec 15
Kowa SE lens re-greasingThis is the last in the series of repairs I carried out on my Kowa SE. In the last part I had successfully cleaned the aperture blades and re-assembled the aperture into the lens mount. Now I needed to clean and re-assemble the rest of the lens and this post covers the Kowa SE lens re-greasing.
Repairs of Equipment by Minolta
Minolta XG-M repair - old capacitors showing corosion
Posted: 04 May 16
Minolta XG-M capacitor replacementThis post describes the process I used to replace the electrolytic capacitors on my Minolta XG-M 35mm SLR to repair the faulty shutter.
Repairs of Equipment by Miranda

Posted: 06 Dec 14
Miranda/Soligor 50mm PAD lens strip downIn this post I show how I stripped down and cleaned a Miranda 50mm PAD lens, removing the aperture blades to clean the old oil which was gumming the lens up.
Miranda 50mm f/1.9 cla - job complete
Posted: 01 Mar 15
Miranda 50mm f/1.9 focus thread clean up.This post is a pictorial guide to re-greasing the focus helicoid on a Miranda 50mm f/1.9 vintage lens to restore the focus to a nice, smooth action.
Repairs of Equipment by Miranda
Auto Miranda 50mm f/1.9 strip down and repair - lens before any work started
Posted: 13 Oct 14
Strip down and clean an Auto Miranda 50mm f/1.9 lens apertureStrip down and cleaning instructions for an Auto Miranda 50mm f/1.9 lens which had iris blades contaminated with oil.
Miranda Fv with TTL viewfinder
Posted: 15 Oct 14
Miranda Fv TTL viewfinder repair.I recently bought a Miranda FV 35mm SLR camera with a TTL metered viewfinder. I got the camera quite cheaply, because the viewfinder is marked and dull so so this post covers the Miranda Fv TTL viewfinder repair I carried out.
Miranda Sensorex focus screen cleaning - Dirty screen
Posted: 09 Nov 14
Cleaning the Miranda Sensorex focus screenMy recently acquired Miranda 35mm SLR had a few of issues which I needed to put right including muck and dirt in the viewfinder, so this post covers the process I used to clean the Miranda Sensorex Focus screen.
Miranda Sensomat shutter repair - applying oil
Posted: 14 Nov 14
Fixing slow shutter speed problems on a Miranda SensomatThis brief post describes the process I used to free up the slow speeds on a couple of Miranda Sensomat 35mm slr cameras I acquired.
Miranda D-r shutter repair showing shutter released and bar in wrong position
Posted: 29 Nov 14
Miranda D-r shutter repair - part 1This is the first part of a series which covers the steps I took during a Miranda D-r shutter repair and covers removing the body plate to expose the shutter tripping mechanics
Miranda D shutter repair  - frame advance assembly revealed
Posted: 07 Dec 14
Miranda D shutter repair - part 2In this, the second part of the series dealing with the Miranda D shutter repair, I cover how I removed the top cover of the camera to reveal the speed selection mechanism.
Repairs of Equipment by Olympus

Posted: 16 Jul 16
Olympus OM-1n strip downA pictorial guide to striping down and cleaning the shutter timing mechanism in under the mirror box of an Olympus OM-1n.
Olympus OM-1n re-assembly - Top cover fitted, just waiting for the camera covering to be replaced
Posted: 17 Jul 16
Olympus OM-1n reassemblyIn my last post I described the process I followed to strip my Olympus OM-1n down to clean the shutter and film transport mechanism. In this post I'm going to describe the Olympus OM-1n reassembly process and how I made sure everything was still working.
Olympus OM-2 Spot Program - Cover removed
Posted: 24 Jul 16
Fixing an Olympus OM2 Spot Program stuck shutterThe steps I took to repair an Olympus OM-2SP camera which had stopped winding and firing because the mechanism was jammed. I believe the OM2 Spot Program stuck shutter is a common problem, so hopefully this will help someone else fix their camera.
Repairs of Equipment by Pentacon/Meyer Optic

Posted: 26 Apr 14
Stripping and cleaning a Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8A post which covers the repairs I carried out on a Pentacon Electric 50mm prime lens, along with some sample pictures I took with it on a modern mirror-less digital camera.
Domiplan 50mm f/2.8
Posted: 10 Sep 14
Stripping and cleaning a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 M42 lensThis post describes the procedure I used to strip down and clean a Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 lens which had sticky aperture blades. Along with the procedure, there are plenty of photos showing the action 'as it happened'.
Repairs of Equipment by Pentax
View of the mirror release cog on the Spotmatic ES
Posted: 16 Jan 16
Repairing a Pentax spotmatic stuck mirrorThis post shows how to repair a Pentax Spotmatic stuck mirror, which is a common problem with this iconic camera from the 1960s.
Repairing a Pentax ME - Linkage still connected to the motor drive shaft on the Pentax Super Program
Posted: 31 Mar 16
Repairing a Pentax ME film transportThis post covers the procedure I used in repairing a Pentax ME which had problems with the film advance moving freely but not actually advancing the film.
The speed plate has a spring under which will pop up if you don't hold it
Posted: 09 Apr 16
Pentax K1000 top plate removalThis short post covers the removal and replacement of the Pentax K1000 top plate and will also be useful for owners of any of the Spotmatic models where the procedure is pretty much the same.
Pentax MZ-5n with mirror stuck in up position
Posted: 16 Apr 16
Replacing the mirror return motor in a Pentax MZ-5nThis post covers the replacement of the mirror return motor in the Pentax MZ-5n camera after the plastic cog has split. Although this post deals with the MZ-5n, the same basic process would apply to all the Pentax MZ series.
Repairs of Equipment by Petri
Petri 55mm f/2 CC lens with aperture blades refitted
Posted: 21 May 16
Petri 55mm f/2.0 CC lens aperture repairThis post covers the repair of a Petri 55mm f/2.0 CC lens aperture which had a blade out of alignment. It turned out to be one of the easiest repairs I've had to carry out with the whole job complete in about 20 minutes.
Petri flex v strip down - mirror box removed showing slow speed escapement
Posted: 23 May 16
Stripping down and cleaning a Petri Flex VThis is a pictorial guide to stripping down a Petri Flex V 35mm slr camera from the 1960s. Although I didn't get my camera working again, I hope these pictures will help anyone who needs to fix theirs and wants to know what hides behind the panels!
Repairs of Equipment by Praktica
Pentacon Six TL
Posted: 03 Jul 15
My Pentacon Six projectThis is the first part of a series of posts describing my attempts to strip down and repair a Pentacon Six medium format camera.
Pentacon Six TL
Posted: 04 Jul 15
Pentacon Six Project. Step one - removing top plate and examining the shutter.This pictorial post describes how I carried out a Pentacon Six strip down whilst I looked for the cause of a shutter problem on my camera.
Pentacon Six TL
Posted: 05 Jul 15
Pentacon Six Project - Step two, removing the shutter assemblyThis post covers the procedure I used during a Pentacon Six shutter removal whilst I tried to work out why the shutter on my camera would stick open at 1/125 sec.

Posted: 08 Jul 15
Pentacon six project - Step 3, Pentacon Six shutter assemblyIn this post I take a more detailed look at the Pentacon Six Shutter assembly and try to work out how the shutter works and why there are problems with my camera.
Pentacon Six TL
Posted: 11 Jul 15
Pentacon Six project - Step 4 Pentacon Six Viewfinder repairThis post covers the Pentacon Six viewfinder and how I rebuilt my example with a prism taken from another Pentacon Six viewfinder I bought for a couple of pounds
Pentacon six shutter setup - problem with aperture shut down arm
Posted: 12 Jul 15
Pentacon Six Project. Step 5 - attempted initial shutter setup.In my last post I gave some observations and conclusions I’d reached from my initial examination of the shutter assembly in my Pentacon Six. In this post I’m going to describe the progress I’ve made to get the shutter working again prior to trying to calibrate the shutter speeds. After my initial attempts to lubricate the mechanism, and getting the mirror and shutter blinds out of sync, the whole mechanism was not working anymore so I decided to try to [...]
Praktica Super TL slow speed clean and lubricate - Escapement out of the camera with spring refitted
Posted: 13 Mar 16
Praktica Super TL slow speed escapement clean and lubricate.A few days ago I received a Praktica Super TL 35mm camera which had a problem with the slow speeds. In this post I'm going to describe the procedure I used to remove the Super TL slow speed escapement, clean it and get it working again. 

Posted: 19 Jun 16
Pentacon Pentina strip downThe technique I used to strip down a Pentacon Pentina for repair along with many pictures showing the procedure.
Repairs of Equipment by Ricoh
Ricoh singlex TLS strip down and repair - the camera body with front and shutter removed
Posted: 26 Apr 16
Singlex TLS strip down and repair - Part 1This is the first part of my attempt to get the shutter of a Richo Singlex working and restore the camera to its former glory. In this part I cover the Ricoh Singlex TLS strip down.
Ricoh Singlex TLS repair - new light seal fitted to the back of the camera front
Posted: 27 Apr 16
Ricoh Singlex TLS repair - part 2In this, the second part of my series dealing with the Ricoh Singlex TLS repair, I cover the dismantling of the prism and viewfinder and the cleaning or the camera chassis prior to reassembly

Posted: 28 Apr 16
Singlex TLS strip down and repair - Part 3This post covers next next part in my attempt to repair a Ricoh singlex TLS camera which was donated to my collection by David a reader of my blog. The earlier posts are part one and part two.   Unfortunately this story doesn’t have a happy ending – or at least it doesn’t have a happy ending yet. Having got the light seals replaced and the mechanism on the mirror box all cleaned up and lubricated I continued to see [...]
Ricoh TLS 401 35mm slr
Posted: 28 Feb 17
Ricoh TLS 401 35mm slrA look at the Ricoh TLS 401, a 35mm slr which Ricoh produced as an improved version of the earlier Singlex TLS.
Repairs of Equipment by Takumar/Pentax
Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 strip down - blades assembled in the aperture
Posted: 22 Feb 16
Strip down, clean and lubricate an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 M42 lensThis post describes my experiences stripping down, cleaning, lubricating and repairing an M42 mount Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 lens which dates from about 1958. I acquired the lens as part of a purchase of a Pentax S1 35mm slr which had the Auto Takumar fitted as a standard lens. The lens looked in pretty good condition all round apart from a problem with the aperture. The lens wouldn’t stop down using the aperture ring although if I moved the actuation [...]
Repairs of Equipment by Topcon
Topcon Wink E Mirror strip down
Posted: 25 Mar 17
Topcon Wink E Mirror strip down - part oneThis post covers the strip down of a Topcon Wink E Mirror 35mm SLR which I did recently when I attempted to repair the camera.
Repairs of Equipment by Weltaflex

Posted: 29 Oct 16
Weltaflex medium format twin lens reflexThe Weltaflex is a German made, twin lens reflex camera which first came into the world around 1954 and was made by the Welta company, although I suspect the version I have is a bit later than that since it bears the Pentacon mark on the shutter. Weltaflex Images My Weltaflex Camera I found this camera on eBay described as a fully working, nice condition camera and I thought it was a reasonable price so I bought it. As it [...]
Repairs of Equipment by Yashica

Posted: 02 Mar 13
Yashica MG-1 BatteryThis is what I hope will be a useful tip to anyone who owns one of these or similar cameras. The MG-1 was designed to work with a 5.6 volt Mercury Cell which is no longer available, and in fact banned in most countries. I understand that they can work with a 6v cell if you can get one to fit, and that it’s possible to get adaptors to work with this camera. Well I’ve just discovered a simple way [...]
Yashica TL Elextro X repairs - screw above lens mount.
Posted: 12 Mar 17
Yashica TL Electro X repairsThe Yashica TL Electro X was one of the first 35mm film SLR cameras to feature electronic display of exposure information in the viewfinder. It was first produced in 1968 when the majority of cameras used mechanical meter needles to display exposure  and so it represented a first step on the way to today’s electronic cameras. I found an example of this camera on eBay being sold as non-working but in very good cosmetic condition, and since I already had [...]
Yashica 635 - speed setting ring
Posted: 17 Jun 17
Yashica 635 shutter removalThis post shows the procedure for removing the Copal MXV shutter from the Yashica 635 medium format film camera which you may need to do if either the shutter speeds or self timer unit are not working correctly. I bought my Yashica 635 a few days ago from a seller on eBay, but the reason I got it was a bit different from the norm. I was contacted by someone who had a Yashica 635 which belonged to her father [...]



  • Chris Newsome

    Hi Simon,
    All very usefull information, always easier from my point of view to see a stripped down camera and get some warning of what to expect, then venture in blind!
    Really enjoy your site.
    All the best
    Chris Newsome
    South Australia

  • Paul

    Hello Simon, many thanks for this. Your repair posts are fascinating as well as useful, although I look forward to all of your posts. Have a great New Year, and please keep your interesting and informative posts coming.


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