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  • Beauty Repairs

    Stripping down a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder camera

    A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder camera from eBay which had a variety of faults. Today I decided to see if it was repairable and so this post covers the procedure I used whilst stripping down a Beauty Beaumat. Images from striping down a Beauty Beaumat rangefinder. Normally in these type of posts I would write a description of what I did and try to point out any particular areas of difficulty to look...
  • Praktica Repairs

    Pentacon Six Project. Step one – removing top plate and examining the shutter.

    This evening I took my first steps to repair my Pentacon six by having a look at what was stopping the second curtain closing when the shutter is fired. To do that I had to remove the top plate of the camera so I could examine it and I’ve detailed the Pentacon Six strip down procedure here. I won’t give many more details than the pictures because it is all pretty self explanatory and was actually quite easy. Pentacon Six...
  • Edixa Repairs

    Edixa Reflex D strip down

    As I said in another post earlier today I recently acquired an Edixa Reflex D 35mm SLR to join my vintage camera collection but discovered that the shutter assembly wasn’t working properly. The shutter release button seemed to jam and feel ‘gritty’ when pressed and the shutter operation was not at all reliable. I decided to have a go at stripping the camera down to see if I could find the cause so I took pictures along the way as...
  • Miranda Repair

    Miranda 50mm f/1.9 focus thread clean up.

    Last week I took ownership of a Miranda Automex III 35mm film camera fitted with a Miranda 50mm f/1.9 lens and found that the helicoid was in need of re-greasing. I have already rebuilt the aperture on one of these lenses and found them easier than most to work on, so I thought it would probably not be too hard to re-grease the helicoid as well. The following is a pictorial guide for anyone who may find this useful. The...
  • Miranda Repair

    Miranda/Soligor 50mm PAD lens strip down

    I posted last week about the Miranda D-r 35mm SLR I bought from eBay and the condition of the Miranda 50mm PAD lens which was fitted to it. In short the aperture was completely frozen when I received the camera, but started moving after it had warmed up a bit in the house. However, looking at the aperture through the front of the lens it was obviously covered in a film of oil and after a few days the blades...
  • Meyer-Optik Repair
  • Carl Zeiss Repairs

    Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 strip down and clean

    I received another camera and lens combination a couple of days ago – a Praktica LB fitted with a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f/2.8 zebra lens. When I received it the focus ring was completely locked and the aperture wouldn’t close so this seemed to be another ideal candidate for a ‘strip down and clean’ post. It turned out this was a considerably more complex problem than the last lens I took apart and cleaned although I’m pretty sure that it’s...
  • Pentacon Repairs

    Stripping and cleaning a Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8

    This week I made another purchase for my Nex 6 in the form of a Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. It actually came attached to a Praktica PLC3 slr which I purchased as ‘For spares or repair’ from e-bay for £13. When I received the camera I found that the description was quite accurate! The body is in reasonable condition but the shutter speed selection and the iso setting are not working properly, and when I tried to adjust...

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