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|Salvaging out a camera
by Henry Taber
What do you do with a camera when it is beyond repair? Throw it away? Hardly.
You harvest its parts!
I bought a Canonet QL17 Glll off of eBay in hopes I could get it going. After all, the seller described it as being near mint and nearly working. It wasnt either...
The front element was separating and VERY hazy, the meter didnt work and it looked like someone had used pliers on the focus ring. The ring would barely turn. I considered returning it but then for $15 it wasnt worth the effort. Instead I decided to tear into it and let it teach me about rangefinder cameras. This is an excellent idea for everyone to do at least once.
As a side advantage, its parts have been very handy in resuscitating other cameras. And that is what I wish to talk about. Sure, I figured I could use its good parts on other Canonets but never imagined the versatility its innards would have. The following is a list of the contributions it has made to other cameras...
There are probably other examples of parts Ive used/modified but it is Friday night and I dont want to think too hard.
What made me think about writing and sharing this list is that today I was tinkering on a Yashica Lynx. The lens is stripped all the way to the aperture blades and I just noticed that one of the blades is missing a pivot stub that appears to have originally been spot welded to the blade. No wonder there was a gap in the iris! This part is unfixable, at least with my skills and equipment. So the camera is scrap...unless!
The Lynx has a Copal SV shutter assembly and so does the Canonet. The Canonets doesnt say SV though. Im about to disassemble the Canonets lens to see if the blades will interchange... Wish me luck!