Collectables... To fix or not fix yourself

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  1. vintagesnaps

    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    As far as Polaroids, I don't think most are worth much, the SX-70 being one that does have some value (which I have and it's a joy to use). I have another vintage one that used roll film but I got it because it's cool looking. And supposedly it could be used as a pinhole sort of thing but haven't tried it.

    What do you have Charlie? I find that the pack film lasts and is usable but The Impossible Project film has/had emulsion that tends to dry up. I may have a pack of something in my fridge I could let you have.


     
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    Isn't that Kodak a 620 film size? If so you will have to re-load 120 film onto the 620 spool and have another 620 spool for pick up.
     
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    The biggest thing with camera repair is having the proper tools. A good variety of spanners, pick tools are essential. Having good magnification and light helps.

    Finding service documents can be tricky as are camera specific video. If none are available, you have to think everything through, understand how it works. If you can't see and get how it works, chances are you will fail in the repair. "Fix old cameras" on YouTube, has a lot of useful videos that make things easier.

    I have found the better built, mechanical cameras are the easiest to repair. I would work on a Leica but you better have a set of their spanners or you will destroy the body. I don't own a Leica yet, even the broken ones are expensive. Documents are good as are videos for the common models.

    Electronic cameras are tricky and usually require spare components to swap out so that pretty much eliminates the do it yourself guy.
     
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    ac12 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wheather I dissassemble something or not depends on my confidence in being able to fix it and put it back together again.
    There is the old joke that my car friends in high school/college poked fun about an automechanic who had left over parts after repairing a car.
     
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    Kschmid TPF Noob!

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    Just to update on this... $180 to repair. So expensive it right but since I really want to use it, I'm going to spend it :)
     
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    It's the 800.
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    Some lenses were even vacuum sealed i think ive read, you have to drill a hole into them to take them apart.
     
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    SLRs are very difficult to repair, but the others types (box, RF, folding, etc), depending of the model and the problem, could be repaired at home... All my cameras that had problems where repaired by me... even my Canon SLRs...
     
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    There were lenses coated during a vacuum procedure (i.e. Zeiss), I haven't heard of a vacuum sealed lens. Yet.
     
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    Some Asahi Takumar lenses, require drilling into to disassemble. If i can find the info to support, i will post a link.
     
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    I found a reference on a forum to some? Takumars needing drilling to disassemble but it's a comment not supported by any info; i think i conflated it with the vaccuum seal of the element assembly referenced on the website i linked.
     
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