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Olympus Pen FT Repair Tips
My original plan was to do a short article on reviving the FT I bought last summer. But thinking back...No way! The one I bought, although near perfect cosmetically, had numerous things wrong. And added to the fact that FTs are not that easy to work on, the short article would turn into a book. And I dont have the time or energy to write a book.
So in lieu of that book, Ill give a few pointers:
For the mirror release gear: During installation of the mirror box housing into the body, position the cam follower that rides on the cam on the back of the mirror release gear to where the follower just falls down into the pocket after cocking the mirror. Even one tooth off will give a winding problem.
For the rewind release gear: With the shutter clockwork in the released position, rotate the release tab (the blade that the rewind release button fits over) fully counterclockwise while positioning the gear also fully counterclockwise making sure that the meshing gear in the shutter clockwork is also fully counterclockwise. There should be zero backlash. Again, even one tooth off is too much.