There is no magic formula that will fix any camera in five minutes without disassembly, but there are some methods taht are easier than others, especially if you know exactly what you’re doing. The ability to find the easy solution and employ it successfully comes from practice and experience.
- Cleaning with partial dis-assembly: Flooding with lighter fluid
- Lubricating with partial dis-assembly (if you can get to the point with a syringe): never flood with oil or oil solution, such as WD-40
- Lubricating by flooding with graphite solution
- Resetting/ retensioning: resetting is always the first thing to attempt
- Easy fixes with partial or no dis-assembly
Have you ever tried to do some DIY on camera maintenance and repair? it is actually not that difficult. I started to maintain and repair my TLRs about three years ago and normally i can fix the basic problems and do CLA by myself. Of course, you need to follow the right guidelines and rules.
I will start sharing some of my repair manuals (mostly TLR, such as rolleiflex, mamiya, yashica, etc) as well as some repair guides that I have in the coming months.
SO, today lets start with the general rules and precautions of camera maintenanace and repair.
- Take your time, especially when learning a new camera
- Keep your bench organised
- Don’t lose parts
- Know how ever thing goes back together
- Do not damage anything. Do not apply excessive force
- Don’t be screwdriver happy
- know your limits
For some details, you may read the attached write-up by Thomas Tomosy.
This is extracted from the famous camera repair book “Camera Maintenance & Repair – A comprehensive, fully illustrated guide”.