Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair

A few weeks ago I bought an Agfa Karat Art Deco camera with a few faults, and this post is an update on the steps I took to try to restore it to a fully working condition. There were several faults with the camera, but the first and probably the easiest to fix was the film advance, so this post deals with the Agfa Karat Art Deco film advance repair. I’ve worked on the film advance of the Karat series of […]

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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 shutter cleanup and repair

Yesterday I published a very brief post showing how I got the shutter out of my Exakta Varex IIb camera ready for the repairs I needed to do.  Today, I’m going to continue that theme by showing what I did to get the camera back to working order. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. As I said yesterday, once the shutter was out of the camera case I found that it would work, but decided that it would […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. The pictures above show the steps necessary […]

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Agfa Karat IV repairs and cleanup

Over the last couple of days I’ve been fixing various issues I’ve found with my Agfa Karat IV 35mm rangefinder camera and this post gives a few details of what I did. The problems were that the shutter didn’t fire, the film transport was ‘gritty’ and the interlock didn’t always work and the focus was very stiff to operate. There are quite a lot of pictures in this post and some of them were taken single handedly as I was […]

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Ciro-flex clean up and repair.

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 camera fully cleaned up and ready to use. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Viewfinder Other than the shutter the next most obvious problem with the Ciro-flex was the state of the viewfinder with the image being dark and […]

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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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Ihagee Exa 500 slow speed repair

A couple of weeks ago I bought an Ihagee Exa 500 35mm slr which was in pretty good condition, but had an issue with the slow shutter speeds which were taking too long to run. Today I dismantled the camera to fix this issue, and I took a few photos which I hope will help anyone who needs to do the same thing. A sluggish slow speed escapement is a common problem with a lot of old cameras and is […]

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Repairing the shutter on an Exakta Exa II

Over 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. I’m happy to say I managed to get that fault fixed, and also cleaned up the focus screen, replaced the light seals and generally cleaned up and re-lubricated the mechanism. The following describes how I did this and the pictures should act as a guide for anyone else who […]

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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. Removing the shutter from the camera body was a relatively easy operation, as the sequence above shows, but once I’d removed it I found that the camera had a […]

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Yashica TL Electro X repairs

The 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. These pictures can be viewed in full size here. I found an example of this camera on eBay being sold as non-working but in […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed full size here. The pictures above show the steps that I took but I’ll also outline the process here. At the start of this process I had cleaned, lubricated and rebuild the film advance and the Compur-rapid shutter so the parts which needed […]

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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 […]

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