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04-24-2021, 11:43 PM   #1
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Can someone help inspect a 6x7 camera?

As the title suggests, I just purchased a 6x7 that was sold in mint condition, and I would like to perform a thorough inspection of the camera and its functions to identify and potential issues with it prior-to giving feedback for the sale.

And so I was wondering if anyone could help out by providing some pointers on what to look for and some basic testing to conclude whether the camera is fully functional.

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not sure about an inspector and one that would not cost a few dollars.......the best way is to run film and see what ya'll be able to discover is the film advances properly, if the shutter curtain is opening and for the "correct" time
04-25-2021, 08:48 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
And so I was wondering if anyone could help out by providing some pointers on what to look for and some basic testing to conclude whether the camera is fully functional.
As mentioned above, run a roll through the camera and check the results. Remember the 6x7 is not designed to dry fire with no film in it, unless you follow specific procedures.

Check out the manual:

04-25-2021, 07:11 PM   #4
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+1 to that, shoot some pictures with it.

Make sure you try as many different shutter speeds as you can, maybe vary slow and fast between frames. You're going to want to check frame spacing and the number of frames once you have the developed film in hand.

If your body has the MLU function make sure that that works too.

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As above, shoot some film through it. Although the procedure to dry fire it is all over the web, I wouldn't risk it with a newly purchased but 40+ year old camera. I'm convinced many of the frame advance issues we hear about are caused by newbie owners botching it up.

Edit: And read this first: ADVISORY: Pentax 6x7, 67 METER COUPLING CHAIN AND TTL METER PRISM -

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