Yashica 635 shutter removal

This 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 […]

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Agfa Karat viewfinder camera with strap lugs

This 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 […]

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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. Exakta Varex IIb strip down images The pictures above show the steps necessary to get the […]

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Ciro-flex TLR shutter strip down and service

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a nice Ciro-flex Twin Lens Reflex camera from eBay for a few pounds which was described as needing a little bit of work. One of the issues described was that the aperture blades were a bit stiff to adjust and when I received the camera I discovered (as I suspected) that the aperture blades needed to be cleaned up to remove some old grease and dirt which was sticking them together. This […]

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Topcon Wink E Mirror strip down – part one

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Topcon Wink E Mirror 35mm slr for a few pounds on eBay and I spent a couple of hours today stripping it down to fix a problem with the shutter cocking. When I first received the camera I cocked the shutter once and the camera seemed to work properly. However, once I tripped the shutter I couldn’t get it to cock again, and the shutter blades were closed, so I started to […]

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Agfa Colorflex strip down – part 1

A 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 Colorflex Strip down pictures Removing the shutter from the Agfa Colorflex camera body was a relatively easy operation, as the sequence above shows, but once I’d removed it […]

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Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly

Over 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 Karat 12 re-assembly pictures Agfa Karat 12 re-assembly procedure The pictures above show the steps that I took during the agfa karat 12 re-assembly, but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and […]

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Agfa Karat 12 Compur shutter clean up

Having completed the easy part of my Agfa Karat 12 camera refurbishment with the film advance strip down and clean up, I then turned my attention to the next easiest part which is the Compur-Rapid shutter fitted to this model. As suppled, the shutter was very stiff to operate and only worked at one speed, irrespective of the shutter settings. It seemed the most likely problem was that the shutter needed a good clean out then it would probably be fine […]

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Cleaning and servicing the Agfa Karat 12 film advance.

I recently bought an Agfa Karat 12 folding rangefinder camera from eBay which needed a bit of work to get it working properly. Although I bought it as a ‘fully working camera’, when I received it I found the film advance was stiff, the shutter locked up and the focus pretty much solid. I think the seller on eBay was probably a fairly strong contender for the Man Booker Prize as a creator of fictional work! Since the Karat 12 […]

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Kodak Retina Reflex S re-assembly

A 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. Retina Reflex S re-assembly images I have to say that this was probably the most awkward part of the whole re-assembly. It wasn’t exactly difficult, but I found it frustrating because I had […]

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Rebuilding the Kodak Retina Reflex S film advance

A couple of days ago I stripped down one of my Retina Reflex S cameras with the aim of making one good camera from the parts of the two I have. Well today I started the re-assembly operation with the Retina Reflex S film Advance assembly. Retina Reflex X Film Advance Images My original aim was to strip down the worse of the units and re-assemble it as a practice before I did the same to the better unit. I […]

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Stripping down a Kodak Retina Reflex S

As 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 […]

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Cleaning an Agfa Karat focus helicoid

I 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. When I received the camera the front element was seized almost completely solid and I couldn’t turn the lens, so in order to get a working camera, that was the next thing I needed to fix. Therefore this post is dealing with the Agfa Karat focus helicoid cleaning. […]

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A lesson learned – and a guide for others

Over 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 […]

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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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