Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Chrissie_Lay, Mar 15, 2016.
Take part and vote on this week's poll - Have you ever attempted to fix a broken camera yourself?
Too many fiddly small parts, too little patience...
never occurred to me there could be 3 answers. You either try - and fail or you don' t try
I've tried and failed AND tried and succeeded.
Yes, and I succeeded. My Carl Zeiss Jenaflex AM1 (sounds quite grand but is in reality a rebadged Praktica) wasn't giving the correct shutter speeds. I fixed it.
Actually very simply: the top of the shutter speed dial had somehow been twisted out of register, so I worked out when it was set to B then removed it and superglued it back on in the correct place. Five minutes work and no cost, when I'd been quoted £50 for a service.
Yes, and succeeded. I had a dodgy battery connection on my K1000, so out with the soldering iron, lead solder and flux. Bodged it working a treat.
It depends what you mean by "Broken" I have done minor running repairs to small glitches but I know my limitations and would never touch a modern DSLR - I leave that to the experts
I tried and failed with my beautiful Ricoh Singlex (not to be confused with the droppings from Satan's nether-regions which is the Singlex One) - well, I sort of failed in that the shutter now fires, but only if you hold the body so that the lens is pointing either straight up or straight down!
The only other camera I have that's gone horribly wrong is my Voigtlander Vito B - I loaded a roll of film into it to test it, checked the settings, took a shot and then looked in dismay as all of the aperture blades in the lens fell apart like the petals of a delicate rose in a howling gale. Every time I look at it all I can see is the untidy pile of blades sitting on the bottom of the lens barrel but, no, I've never even been tempted to try to fix it.
Ihave fixed the winder mechanism on a rolleiflex. And re lubed the focusing on a minolta autocord.
both entailed far more stripping down than I expected.
The most complex was re fixing the loose lens mount of a contaflex that I picked up in a charity shop, this entailed the entire wind on and shutter cocking and focus mechanism, and was a pain to re adjust.
Film advance knob on a Holga fell off. Realigned and glued it back on, still going strong. Got to love simple cameras!
I did fix my trusty eos 50E when the lock on the back snaped and it would not keep closed.
Yes. And succeeded. But the trick lies in not going in over your head.
I've repaired many over the years mainly pre-war and up to the 1960s when electronics and plastic took over. There's plenty of information on the net and also a couple (at least) of forums specialising in camera repair. Repair manuals are available for many cameras and books by Tomosy can help.
Providing one has good manual dexterity, diagnostic skills and lots of patience most broken cameras can be brought back to life. You do need a few tools, tiny screwdrivers and various spanners, plus a means to test shutter speeds and an understanding of lens collimation.
I used to buy non-working cameras from fairs and car-boots, do them up and sell them on. Never going to make much but a satisfying hobby.
Yes, twice ... back in the 70s, which was to get the flash working (successfully!) again on a Copal leaf shutter ... the second time, was about a year ago, when I successfully dismantled and reassembled a 1908 focal plane shutter on Sanderson camera because the cords inside it, needed replacing. For this, I used some black Marlow No 4 size Chandler's whipping twine, which I think has some kind of wax on it, which made it's reassembly a lot less frustrating!
Yes - fairly simple vintage folding cameras. I freed up a seized focussing mount on an Agfa Billy Compur, and mended pinholes in the bellows in some other folders.
I’ve fixed a minor problem with a lens, but I don’t remember ever trying a significant repair to a camera.
In the days when I used a Rollei 2000 system, one of the bodies ceased winding on properly, so I sent it for repair. At the time, I had a long telephone chat with the engineer, and found out the nature of the problem. Later, when the second body developed the same problem, I fixed it myself, having already got the part from the chap who fixed the first one for me. The magazines also needed fairly regular fixing, as they did not always connect properly to the body, but that was a simple fix. Lovely cameras, but not the most reliable! Just imagine a modern one, though, where you could have interchangeable backs - say 12, 24 and 41 mpix, like the Sony Alpha 7 series.
My last engineering effort was on lenses - specifically the old Sigma 75-200mm f:2.8>3.5 - one of my favourites, as it holds 2.8 up to 140mm, and weighs about half a 2.8 all-the-way version. The first one I got kept locking up when it zoomed through the f:3.1 setting, because my Minolta Dynax 7 didn't seem to understand 3.1 as a viable stop. I stripped the lens down, and modified the circuit board so it went straight from 2.8 to 3.5. AF was restored. Then, at the end of 2014, I got a brand new one, old stock, from Ffordes, but it was an early model, and the electronics would not AF on my Sony Alphas. Easy - strip down the old one, pull the circuit board, put it back to original spec, stuff it into the new lens. Voila - a brand new auto-focus lens!
In general, however, I view modern cameras rather the same way I view modern cars. They have so much reliance on electronics that they must be professionally repaired. Back in the day, students running a car were usually able to fix it themselves (or buy a mate some beer to fix it for them). Today, forget it!
Fixed a Zenit that had a dodgy shutter speed dial, OM10 with a loose focusing screen (though not very successfully), Ricoh with a faulty winder and something else I can't recall with a faulty electrical connection.
Fixed a broken pop up flash in a Nikon D40.
Toodle pip. Andrew
Yes, I've taken apart a few point and shoots, not my good camera though. Usually it's because the lens mechanism is stuck or they won't turn on. I've had varying degrees of success. Some I've fixed, some ended up in the electronic recycle. But they're usually cheap point and shoots that I bought at a garage sale for a few bucks. It's a learning curve. At first I found it very finicky and intimidating; but if one follows some some sort of procedure and is 'very' careful, it can be done.
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