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08-22-2016, 07:33 AM - 2 Likes   #4471
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Look forward to what these can do. What format are they? Size 6x9, 6x6?

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The old folders require a presence of mind:
1) Open, and advance the film with the wind knob.
2) cock the shutter,
3) estimate the focus distance.
4) estimate exposure to set aperture and
5) set speed.
After exposure advance film if you don't want to risk a double exposure.
Remember that a half press will lock out the release on cameras that use this method to prevent double exposures.
I have a bunch of the old folders with 120 film.

To prevent double exposures and to prevent the bellows from sucking the film away from the focus plane,
After every shot that I know will not be a double exposure, I advance the film just beyond where I can see the number in the window. NOT to the next number, just beyond the number that I just shot.

Doing this, by looking at the window, I KNOW I shot the last frame and I must advance to the next number.
By advancing the film to the next number AFTER extending the bellows, I prevent the vacuum sucking the film off the focus plane.
If I look at the window, and it's on a number, I can take the shot. If it's blank, I need to advance.

If you WANT a double exposure, you can trip the shutter, even with a double lock, with a cable on some, and by manually tripping the shutter release on the lens on all of the ones I have.

The trick is to ALWAYS advance off the number after EVERY shot.

Mine are 6x9 and 6x4.5, my 6x6 cameras are Yashica TLRs which require a different technique.

08-22-2016, 04:25 PM   #4472
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All this folder talk is giving me GAS for a folding rangefinder, like a Bessa II.

I should throw a roll in my Kodak Autographic Brownie No. 2, but I need to fix the red window first. It fell off
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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
All this folder talk is giving me GAS for a folding rangefinder, like a Bessa II.

I should throw a roll in my Kodak Autographic Brownie No. 2, but I need to fix the red window first. It fell off
my Zeiss Ikon Contessa remains my favorite camera ever.
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Oooh ... just back in time for folder talk. That's a great method, Mike. I think I'll adopt it entirely! I need to bust out my Franka folders again... it's been a few months since I shot them. Too long.

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Well, the FED-2 had a damaged shutter curtain, very bad light leak. The seller returned (most of) my money and I have a parts camera and a lens and a case. Still trolling for a good one.
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I have finally got my /Humble/ setup (Just MX is missing)



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QuoteOriginally posted by wbsmith200 Quote

Early birthday present.
You will love it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Archimedes the Dog Quote
Well, the FED-2 had a damaged shutter curtain, very bad light leak. The seller returned (most of) my money and I have a parts camera and a lens and a case. Still trolling for a good one.
Welcome to the world of FSU self-repair!! You can buy shutter curtain material and there are instructions on how replace on the Web. Aki-Asahi is a decent source:

http://aki-asahi.com/store/html/curtains/shutter-curtain.php

...and instructions on how to make the curtains (two parts):

Make shutter part 1
Make shutter part 2


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(...my self-repair list: 1) adjust FED-2 rangefinder, 2) Relube Helios 44M, 3) Relube M42 Jupiter-9, 4) Relube Contax/Kiev Jupiter-9, 5) Reskin Zorki 4-K, 4) fix wobbly LTM Industar-61...)

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Welcome to the world of FSU self-repair!! You can buy shutter curtain material and there are instructions on how replace on the Web. Aki-Asahi is a decent source:

http://aki-asahi.com/store/html/curtains/shutter-curtain.php

...and instructions on how to make the curtains (two parts):

Make shutter part 1
Make shutter part 2


Steve

(...my self-repair list: 1) adjust FED-2 rangefinder, 2) Relube Helios 44M, 3) Relube M42 Jupiter-9, 4) Relube Contax/Kiev Jupiter-9, 5) Reskin Zorki 4-K, 4) fix wobbly LTM Industar-61...)
I am NOT good at camera repair. I basically might as well throw all the screws away considering how quickly I lose them.

Might be worth it to pay someone, though.

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Not from the pentax family but I'm quite gruntled about this camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bobbotron Quote
Not from the pentax family but I'm quite gruntled about this camera.
Wow. That's a thing of beauty
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Wow. That's a thing of beauty
Agreed. Some cameras from the wood-brass-bellows era were the work of fine craftsmen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobbotron Quote
Not from the pentax family but I'm quite gruntled about this camera.
Is this a kit-built camera?


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QuoteOriginally posted by Archimedes the Dog Quote
I am NOT good at camera repair. I basically might as well throw all the screws away considering how quickly I lose them.

Might be worth it to pay someone, though.
I've learned to accept some... uhhhh... "eccentricities" when it comes to FSU cameras.

How is the shutter curtain on your Fed-2 damaged? I had a nice sized portion material from the rubberized side missing on the trailing curtain of one of my Zorkis. I filled it in with two careful sessions of liquid E-tape application. Worked perfectly.
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A couple of lenses I recently refinished for another PF member:

1st, Auto Takumar 85mm f/1.9, redone in Zebra trim. This one is fully re-anodized with lathe sanding of the knurling for the zebra effect:






And secondly, the one everyone joked about before is now a real thing. The refinished SMC Pentax-F* 400mm f/4.
This one was actually mostly a strip job, since there was already black anodizing under the paint on most of the components, so the client skipped re-anodizing to save money. There are also some painted portions, as well as anodized accent pieces (e.g. the gunmetal filter holder and hold aperture ring). The Pentax logos are custom cut decals. The pyramid grip was scavenged from various donor lenses.







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Thanks everyone! It's a Bender 4x5. It could have been a kit, I'm not sure. I do a fair bit of wood working, I love that I can repair most things that go wrong with this camera.

QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Is this a kit-built camera?

Steve


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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Agreed. Some cameras from the wood-brass-bellows era were the work of fine craftsmen.
While it is completely impractical, bringing an image into focus with it is so wonderful. If only I was retired.
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