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The following information is true and accurate to the best of the authors knowledge. We are not trained camera repair persons. Take our suggestions as merely suggestions from hobbyist tinkerers. Nothing more. The authors cannot be held responsible for any error or omission, but would appreciate knowing of either. WARNING: If the camera is valuable in dollars or sentiment, take it to a qualified technician. Many first time tinkering projects end up in a baggie! Enter every project with this expectation, and any time it doesn't come true...be happy.


General Repair

Repair Tools
What tools do I need to fix my camera?
by Henry Taber
Test equipment
How does one know if it’s truly working correctly?
by Henry Taber
Tool for Assembling Aperture Blades
Vacuum machine (Bradvac) that I designed to make the assembly of aperature blades easier
by John
How to remove the top cover
As title...
by Margaret
Kiev 60: hole burned in shutter curtain
A simple fix
by Henry Taber
Resetting cameras
Be a part of the community project!
by Henry Taber
Jon Goodman's Seal Replacement Instructions
Various comprehensive seal replacing instructions
by Jon Goodman

Camera Specific

Repairing jammed sprocket in the Argus C3
As title...
by Margaret
Canonet Blade Cleaning
Easiest way, if you have the special tool, is to access the shutter blades from inside the film chamber...
by Henry Taber
Canon Demi EE17 Repair
Stuck shutter, frozen wind lever, and inoperable meter.
by Henry Taber

Replacing and adjusting lightmeter assembly of Canon Demi EE17
As title...

by Winfried Buechsenschuetz
Canon Demi S Meter & Stuck Shutter Repair
As title...
by Henry Taber
Adventures with Epoxy: Cosina focus fork repair
Although in most camera tinkering projects a clean and lube will get it running again, not always. Sometimes parts are broken...
by Henry Taber
Konica Auto S1.6 Repair Adventure
Shutter/aperture stuck, rangefinder missing, and rangefinder alignment.
by Margaret
Olympus 35RD: Shutter and Aperture blade cleaning by Henry Taber
Olympus Pen FT repair tips
Some pointers for this camera
by Henry Taber
Olympus Pen EES-2 Aperture Repair
Stuck aperture
by Henry Taber
Pentax ME Super Ramblings
If the ME Super should ever lock up DON’T mindlessly try the self-timer.
by Henry Taber
Notes about Praktica MTL-3
Top, bottom, and front disassembling.
by Rafael Alday
Ricoh TLS 401 Repair
...Focuses on two of the key issues peculiar to the model and which a reasonably competent owner might want to address in order to bring his TLS 401 into good working order...
by Stuart Willis
Working on a Topcon 35-L by John Shriver
Working on a Topcon RE200
These notes should apply equally to the RE200, RE300, and RM300.
by John Shriver
Voigtlander Vitessa N. Circa 1954 - Adjusting Rangefinder
RF adjustment is made extremely tedious by the thoughtless design.
by Stuart Willis
Voigtlander Vito CSR Meter Repair
Meter problem solved
by Margaret
Yashica Lynx 5000
The ONLY thing we need to do is replace these two blades...
by Henry Taber
Yashica Minister III Repair
It came to me in near mint condition but with a non-functional shutter.
by Stuart Willis

Lens Repair

SLR Lenses
What does a lens do and how does it do it.
by Henry Taber
Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 120mm f/2.8
Usually all a lens needs is the aperture blades cleaned of oil that has weeped out of the helicoid grease.
by Henry Taber
Focus adjustment of a zoom lens: Kiron 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
Zooms must be adjusted for infinity sharpness at both extremes of their zoom range.
by Henry Taber
Servicing the Auto-Miranda 50mm f1.8 lens
This was the procedure required for servicing the above lens, necessary when the aperture blades became covered in oil.
by Mark Stuart
Pentax Super Takumar f/3.5 135mm
Setting focus, complete disassembling procedure
by Stuart Willis

Various Lenses
Repair tips on various lenses

by Ron


Restoring a Canonet
Just some small touches to make the camera look and work better
by Margaret
Filter Ring Dent Removing Tool
Safely straighten a filter ring dent with this home-made tool
by Henry Taber


Mercury Battery
Discusses the possible alternatives for these discontinued batteries
by Margaret
Modifing Camera to Accomodate Silver Oxide Batteries by Jean Colin
Salvaging Out a Camera
What do you do with a camera when it is beyond repair?
by Henry Taber
How to make an Olympus Pen F/FT/FV to Nikon lens adapter
As title...
by Anonymous

User Experiences

Fujica AX-1 Supplement by Stuart Willis
Olympus Pen F Nostalgia by Russel C. Hamilton
Olympus Pen F Technical Exploration by Stuart Willis

External Resources

Rick Oleson's Camera Tech Notes
Various camera repair notes accompanied with technical sketches

Chris Sherlock's Retina/Retinette Repair Pages
Robert Ian Axford's CameraWorks
Repairs documented by a technician who's been in the business for a dozen years
Gossen Lunasix 3 Meter Repair (French)
Camera Repair Articles by Daniel Mitchell
Lots of camera/shutter repair articles