Help with TLR camera, Ricohflex

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This has happened on 2 rolls idk what to do , i cleaned it and maybe i put a mirror backwards? i'm at a loss here Idk what to do do you have any tips?
 

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Well, DID you put the mirror in backward?
 

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Did you remove the lenses for cleaning? Looks like the viewing lens and the taking lens are out of sync. Easy check is to tape a hunk of wax paper where the film would be, point the camera at a bright lamp 4 to 6 ft away then focus a sharpish image on the paper. Should match the viewer image, if not adjustments are in order. Mirror could be not seated properly too.
 

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It looks like one of the elements in the taking lens has been placed in backwards.

I think it is three elements
 
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Home now looking at the image on my computer screen, larger than phone. Think Dennis has a good point, looks like a reversed lens element.
 
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It looks like one of the elements in the taking lens has been placed in backwards.

I think it is three elements

Dang any idea how to fix it? I got it this way and when I cleaned it I never touched the taking lens nor did I even take it out...
 
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Did you remove the lenses for cleaning? Looks like the viewing lens and the taking lens are out of sync. Easy check is to tape a hunk of wax paper where the film would be, point the camera at a bright lamp 4 to 6 ft away then focus a sharpish image on the paper. Should match the viewer image, if not adjustments are in order. Mirror could be not seated properly too.

Will have to give it a shot, I never removed any lenses I bought off ebay they may have tried to do that.
 
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Home now looking at the image on my computer screen, larger than phone. Think Dennis has a good point, looks like a reversed lens element.
Dang how hard would it be to fix?
 
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It looks like one of the elements in the taking lens has been placed in backwards.

I think it is three elements
Any idea or website to fix it?
 

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You need tools.
I have not had one of these cameras so I do not have any specific guidance ... but looking at stuff on the net you will need a spanner wrench to work on the rear element. The front element will require some more work to get into it.
If you are not comfortable taking cameras/lenses apart ... then this will not be an easy thing ... especially if you do not have any micro screw drivers.
 
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You need tools.
I have not had one of these cameras so I do not have any specific guidance ... but looking at stuff on the net you will need a spanner wrench to work on the rear element. The front element will require some more work to get into it.
If you are not comfortable taking cameras/lenses apart ... then this will not be an easy thing ... especially if you do not have any micro screw drivers.
I have micro Japan screw drivers and some items from cleaning vintage lenses but i'll have to read more on it, may give my local camera shop a call tho
 

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