An unusual spectator sport

by Helen Hooker February. 26, 2019 405 views

This evening was workshop night at the camera club. Paul, one of our club members is a dab hand at breathing life into old film cameras. He did a great job of servicing my 1954 Voigtlander camera so when he said he’d be showing what he does this evening I had to take a look.

First step - remove the bottom plate

First step - remove the bottom plate

Nick takes a closer look at how the surgery on his camera is coming along....

Nick takes a closer look at how the surgery on his camera is coming along....

Doing open heart surgery on an old camera seems an usual thing to do with an audience but there were several of us fascinated by the process. Nick, another club member, brought along an old Pentax with a dodgy shutter mechanism, so he was equally interested to see what technology lurked inside his camera.

That's the top plate off too!

That's the top plate off too!

These electronics would have been cutting edge technology when this camera was made!

These electronics would have been cutting edge technology when this camera was made!

Unsoldering some of the connections

Unsoldering some of the connections

Out comes the mirrorbox!

Out comes the mirrorbox!

With Paul’s permission I photographed him in action. Sadly I can’t share a picture of the fully repaired camera, as the whole process takes longer than the two hours we had at the club tonight. However, it was interesting to see what lies beneath the skin of these old cameras and we all held our breath as Paul detached the mirrorbox from the rest of the camera!

Half the camera it once was....

Half the camera it once was....

This tiny washer, carefully cut by Paul, will replace one of the failed parts

This tiny washer, carefully cut by Paul, will replace one of the failed parts

Who'd have thought repairing old cameras could be a spectator sport?!

Who'd have thought repairing old cameras could be a spectator sport?!

Completely focused, surrounded by tools and old cameras

Completely focused, surrounded by tools and old cameras

26 February 2019

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Pino Pino 3 months, 1 week ago

Absolutely love #12! Love the whole set and love that the old cameras got some TLC! ;)

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Jim Hooker 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Makes me wish I hadn't sold my Dad's old pre-electronic Pentax on ebay because it had a malfunctioning shutter/interlock  I'm sure it would have been no problem for Paul.

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