Cleaning the focus mechanism on a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder

This post describes the antics I went through when I cleaned the focus mechanism in my Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder. This followed on from cleaning the shutter, so the shutter was removed from the camera when I started this operation. Kodak Retina IIc focus images The first part of the operation was to remove the plate which transmits the position of the focus helicoid to the rangefinder on the top of the camera. This is removed my taking out two […]

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Cleaning the Compur Synchro shutter from a Kodak Retina IIc rangefinder camera

In 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. Although I have carried this procedure on other compur shutters, I still found a lot of guidance for this on the retina rescue site and I would recommend anyone who needs to work on these cameras to […]

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Kodak Retina IIc top cover removal

This afternoon I took the top cover off my Retina IIc 35mm rangefinder camera and I just wanted to publish some pictures to help anyone who needed to do the same operation. Although it was an easy job, I always think it is easier if you know what is under the cover before you take it off, so these pictures may be useful to someone. Removing the top cover was very easy. The film rewind is removed by holding the […]

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Pentona II 35mm viewfinder camera

The Pentona II is a very simple viewfinder camera made in Germany in the early 1960’s by a company called KW, which was one of the companies which later became part of the Pentacon brand. Pentaona II Images My Pentona II Camera I actually have two copies of this camera which I purchased for a total of £6 because they were both sold as faulty because the shutters didn’t work. As it happens, the camera is one of that type […]

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Lincoln on film – part two

This is the second post containing the rest of the pictures I shot on film during a recent trip to Lincoln on holiday. These were all taken with a Pentax MZ-3 35mm autofocus camera using Fuji Superia 800 ISO film.  I’m a little more pleased with these pictures than the set contained in the first post, the colours seem better and the grain not so pronounced. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. As with the last set, these […]

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Holiday camera choices

For any vintage camera enthusiast, holiday time always leaves you with a bit of a headache. You know that you will be presented with lots of photo opportunities over the coming few days and that starts you thinking about the ideal cameras to take with you, but when you have a collection of 100 plus it isn’t always simple to narrow the choice. Since we are going away in a couple of weeks on a family holiday to Lincolnshire, I’ve […]

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Minolta Dynax 7xi 35mm autofocus slr

The Minolta Dynax 7xi is a high grade, 35mm autofocus camera made by Minolta in the early 1990s. At the time it was the model below the top camera that Minolta made – only the 9xi was above it in the line up. Minolta Dynax 7xi Images My Minolta Dynax 7xi Camera I bought this camera as part of a job lot of 7 Minolta Dynax film cameras for a total of £25 including postage. For that price I consider the […]

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Fixing an Olympus OM2 Spot Program stuck shutter

A few weeks ago I purchased an Olympus OM2 Spot Program 35mm SLR to add to my collection of Olympus cameras. Fully working OM2 SP cameras can command quite a high price, so rather than spend the £50 to £100 a working camera would cost, I bought a non working version for £20 instead. Since that included a 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko lens I thought that wasn’t a bad deal. The particular problem described was that the film advance and shutter […]

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Argus C4 35mm rangefinder camera

The Argus C4 is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was made in the United States in the 1950s and although not as popular in Europe as in the States, there were enough made that it is relatively easy to find a copy here. Argus C4 Images My Argus C4 Camera I paid £5-50 for my non working copy hoping to be able to repair it and restore it to it’s former glory. When I received it I found that it […]

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Olympus OM-1n reassembly

In 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 and how I made sure everything was still working. Once I had the shutter mechanism cleaned up I tried all the speeds to check how accurate they were. At this point I got a bit confused because there seem to be more shutter speed positions […]

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Carl Zeiss Werra Mat strip down and refurbishment – part 3

In the last post in this series I described the cleaning of the shutter blades and dismantling / reassembling the shutter on my Carl Zeiss Werra Mat. In this the final part of the series, I’m going to deal with cleaning and reassembling the camera. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. The case of the camera was quite dirty and stained and I cleaned that with an old tooth brush very lightly damped with soapy water. After a […]

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Yashica J 35mm rangefinder camera

The Yashica J is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in about 1961. It is of fairly simple construction with a limited range of settings and is fitted with a 45mm f/2.8 Yashinon lens. Yashica J Images My Camera I paid only a couple of pounds for this camera from eBay and bought it simply to add to my Yashica 35mm collection. When I received it I found a camera in just about perfect cosmetic condition with hardly a mark on […]

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Fujica 35-SE 35mm rangefinder camera

The Fujica 35-SE is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was made in Japan by the Fuji Photo Film co in about 1959. Fujica 35-SE images My Fujica 35-SE Camera I bought this camera for only a few pounds from eBay, mostly because it looked a bit more interesting than the majority of 35mm rangefinder cameras I own. When I received it from the seller I discovered a camera which had only one cosmetic problem, and a number of mechanical issues. […]

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Kodak Retinette 35mm folding camera

The Kodak Retinette series was a simplified and cheaper version of the Kodak Retina camera and was made between 1939 and 1966 during which time the design changed from a folding to a solid frame camera. The version in this post is a Retinette type 017, which was the last folding version made. Kodak Retinette Images My Kodak Retinette Camera I bought this camera a few weeks ago in an untested condition for £10. The cosmetic condition is quite reasonable for […]

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Yashica J-P 35mm slr camera

The Yashica J-P is a 35mm single lens reflex camera which according to camera wiki was made in about 1964, and was a modified version of an earlier camera, the Penta J. Yashica J-P Images My Yashica J-P Camera I added this camera to my collection because it was being sold quite cheaply as unworking, but I thought I knew what was wrong with it. On the pictures I could see that the self timer was angled down, so when […]

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