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Where can I get a Lens "Wrench"?

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by downfader, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    I've been out today trying to get a tool for undoing and removing the lens off the lens panel of a LF camera. While they know what I'm talking about, none of the shops seem to know where to actually get the tool.

    I believe some of you refer to it as a "lens spanner" while others on the web call it a wrench. Anyone know of a suitable shop I should/could contact?

    I need it to remove the lens on my panel to clean the rear element (dust or pollen in there).

    Cheers! :)
  2. Iloca

    Iloca Well-Known Member

    Not sure what type you need, perhaps a "spanner wrench" Try www.micro-tools.de You may find what you need.

  3. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    Cheers mate, they have them there. Its all in Euros though, so I'll see if theres someone in the UK first.
  4. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Robert White will cheerfully sell you one, or even Calumet.
  5. Iloca

    Iloca Well-Known Member

  6. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    I see why they are cheerful about it: £92 for a Horseman Adjustable lens spanner :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I think I'll see if I can get by without it this weekend, if it looks too dangerous (LOL!) and that I'm gonna damage something then I'll leave it for the time being. :eek:

    £92 though :D LF is proving very expensive, lol! :D
  7. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Not wanting to get involved in the overseas mail, postage, customs duty thing, I made mine from a metal serviette ring from John Lewis (~£3 at the most), two small cuts in the edge so that I could bend a small tag inwards. I then re-inforced the tag with a small piece of metal and a dab of Epoxy. Trouble is, serviette rings seem to be one size only, OK for Copal #0 shutters. (The serviette ring design works nicely, a bit like a tubular box spanner, even when the lens mount is buried deep in a coned panel.)
  8. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    I'm usually quite good at bodging things and finding solutions (I have to do it all the time at work - from fixing a vending machine or a washing machine... even repairing leaking pipes from time to time :eek:)

    I'm glad it seems do-able without spending 90 quid, lol! ;)
  9. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    No, no - much, much less than that. Look at this page, under 'Useful Add-ons' - Toyo Shutter Key for £8 + VAT for #0 and #1 shutters, or one for #0, #1, and #3 shutters for £10 + VAT. The expensive adjustable type is a more specialised tool and completely unnecessary for the simple task of mounting LF shutters. The Toyo type is what you want. I've been using one for years - it's entirely adequate.
  10. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    I got mine (which is an adjustable type) off eBay. It was a brand new no-name product, and cost IIRC about £20 or so. Mine is Chinese. The one below isn't it (lifted from Micro Tools - where it costs €21.23), but similar in design.
  11. eryri

    eryri Well-Known Member

    Got mine from Robert White for £15.00 (inc VAT). It's a piece of 3mm plate with each side cut to fit a different shutter size. It's small (credit card size) and flat, so it slips into a pocket in my rucksack :cool:
  12. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    Crikey, sometimes I cant see the wood for the trees! :eek: I blame my (severe) lack of sleep /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    Cheers Huw, I'll get onto that tomorrow!
  13. pilliwinks

    pilliwinks Well-Known Member

    And mine came from Teamwork - currently listed at £12.
  14. downfader

    downfader Well-Known Member

    One lens wrench/spanner now sorted for (just got to post off a PO for 14 quid and I'm there). Also waiting on a delivery of two DDS's from Mifsuds (if my envelope got there ok :))

    Slowly getting there. :D

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