Nikon SLR's and light seal degradation...

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  1. AndrewG

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    How common is this on older SLR's like the FE2 and FM2N and how can a camera be guaranteed/checked for light-tightness other than by running a test roll through it?
    Is a degraded light-seal obvious?
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    Older Slr's and Rangefinder cameras commonly have bad light seals, as the materal the seals are made of turns to a tarlike goo over the years. Usually light seals that have gone bad will leave residue on the edge of the film door, and on the end where the door, and body meet. Also the bumper for the mirror on an Slr can deteriorate depending on what it is made of, but usually needs to be replaced at the same time as the other ones. I hope this helps answer your question.

    You can get a great light seal kit off of E-bay that is sold by a guy that goes by the seller name interslice. He is great, and very helpful.
     
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    It's a fairly simple and straight forward operation, I have done it many times. Just buy a few sheet of self adhesive foam, cut to dimensions and replace the old one with the new one. Follow the directions given by the sellers and you should be just fine.
     
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    Manual-focus Nikon SLRs had minimal light seals to begin with. It's unlikely
    you'd find one with a problem in that area.
     

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