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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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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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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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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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 and got the shutter re-assembled onto the camera body. 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 to do it three […]

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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 it down and cleaned the slow speed regulator and self timer. 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 pay a visit to […]

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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 how I got the camera back together and made sure everything was still working. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. 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 […]

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Olympus OM-1n strip down

The Olympus OM-1 was an iconic camera of the mid 1970s which started a trend towards smaller, lighter 35mm cameras. I bought a non-working example of the OM-1n version with a shutter/film advance problem to see if I could repair it, and this post describes the Olympus OM-1n Strip Down process and repair I carried out. When I received the camera I confirmed that the shutter and film transport had indeed siezed up with the film advance locked and the […]

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Carl Zeiss Werra Mat strip down and refurbishment – part 2

In the first part of this series I showed how I took my Werra Mat camera apart and removed the shutter unit from the camera. In this part I’m going to show how I cleaned the shutter and re-assembled it. You can view these pictures full sized here. The shutter fitted to the Werra Mat is the same design as that fitted to the Pentacon Pentina which I looked at a few weeks ago and I found then that it’s […]

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Pentacon Pentina strip down

A few days ago I bought a Pentacon Pentina 35mm slr from an ebay auction for a couple of pounds. It was cheap because it was faulty and needed a repair so I thought it would be an interesting camera to try to improve my repair skills with. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. The problem reported with the camera was that the mechanism was locked – it was not possible to advance the film, fire the […]

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Checking a vintage camera’s shutter

This post is the next in my series about testing the health of your vintage camera. It covers how to test the shutter which, along with the aperture, is one of the most important parts of any camera since it controls the amount of light reaching the film. Initially it covers focal plane shutters, but will eventually be expanded to cover other shutter types. If you’re not sure if your camera has a focal plane shutter then open the back of […]

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How to check the health of a vintage camera

This post attempts to answer the question ‘Is my vintage camera still working’? I started to write it as an answer to a comment when a reader asked for help to determine if a camera she owned was working properly. However, after a few minutes it became apparent that it is too complex a question to answer as a simple comment reply so I thought I’d instead write a full post with some guidance and details of the sort of […]

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Agilux Agifold 120 film camera

This camera is unique in my collection by being completely and wholly made in the UK. I believe every other vintage camera I own has all, or at least some parts (shutter normally) made in Japan or Germany, but every part of the Agilux was made in a factory in Croydon. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here My Camera I bought my camera with a couple of known faults. The rangefinder view was apparently […]

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Miranda Sensorex II 35mm slr camera

This is a new Miranda 35mm camera which I’ve added to my growing Miranda camera collection – the Miranda Sensorex II. When I say new I of course mean new to me – the camera is about 40 years old! My Camera I picked this up from my usual source of vintage cameras ebay, and paid about £15 including postage for the body without a lens. For the pictures above I used the lens from my Sensorex. The supplied viewfinder is […]

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Pentacon Six Project – Step two, removing the shutter assembly

Saturday  I thought I’d made real progress on my Pentacon six project because I managed to get the shutter working with a bit of lubrication to the film advance mechanism. However I discovered that the 2nd curtain is not light tight, so I would need to do something to make it so. Today (Sunday) however I’ve definitely taken a couple of steps backwards. First I found that contrary to yesterday’s belief that the shutter was all working, when set to […]

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