Mark A. Overton
I collect and shoot with classic mechanical cameras as a hobby.
They often need repair, so I have accumulated over 20 years of experience in repairing them.
Some cameras benefit from modifications as well.
The articles below describe
various repairs and modifications you can make to popular cameras and shutters,
plus some special tools that you’ll find helpful.
I add new articles periodically, so drop in and take a look every now and then.
Most of these articles are intended for experienced camera repairmen, so they don’t describe the materials and tools you will need
nor the proper ways of using those tools.
If you are new to camera repair, I suggest looking at the website Learn Camera Repair.
This site contains an enormous amount of free information, including the classes taught by the National Camera school for camera repairmen.
I also suggest buying Thomas Tomosy’s books: Restoring Classic & Collectible Cameras,
and Camera Maintenance and Repair (books 1 and 2).
Also, some of the repair sites listed below contain introductory and general material.
Then, practice for a long time on a representative low-value camera such as a
Petri 7/7S, Praktica, Olympus OM-10, Pentax ME, Fed/Zorki/Zenit, Ansco Autoset, Optima, Retinette 1A, Agfa Silette or Ansco Memar.
Be sure to practice for at least 10 hours until you can hold and use tools correctly out of habit.
Without proper habits gained from hours of practice, you will frequently slip, bend, gouge, and tear, damaging your camera.
Also, you’ll need somewhat steady hands for this kind of work. You can get by with some shakiness
by cleverly bracing your fingers and tools, but this fine work will probably be impossible with severe shaking.
If you damage your camera, don’t blame me; I’m just sharing what I’ve learned by experience, and you might
encounter problems that I didn’t.
When repairing a camera, I all too often encounter munged screwheads, crude scratches, and damaged or missing parts.
Upon seeing that, I say to myself, “A slob has been in here!”
Don’t be that slob. Practice on a junker or two until you are adept at repairing cameras.
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