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10-02-2015, 07:49 AM   #1
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Spotmatic etc repair tools

I've done some homework on this and found a couple of good online resources, but possibly out of date in the sense they refer to retailers, tools and other supplies that may be no longer available.

I'm curious to know what tools and other bits and bobs pentaxforumites, who have been forced by necessity into the amateur repair business, use to disassemble and refurbish their mechanical camera bodies.

I have a set of miniature screwdrivers which are good for a lot of stuff, but useless for the myriad 'non-standard' ways that these things are put together, and generally serve only to inflict further damage when misused during improvisational attacks.

What are your tools, and where did you get them?

Thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by dsmithhfx Quote
I've done some homework on this and found a couple of good online resources, but possibly out of date in the sense they refer to retailers, tools and other supplies that may be no longer available.

I'm curious to know what tools and other bits and bobs pentaxforumites, who have been forced by necessity into the amateur repair business, use to disassemble and refurbish their mechanical camera bodies.

I have a set of miniature screwdrivers which are good for a lot of stuff, but useless for the myriad 'non-standard' ways that these things are put together, and generally serve only to inflict further damage when misused during improvisational attacks.

What are your tools, and where did you get them?

Thanks!
I read somewhere on this forum that you need JIS (Japan Industry Standard) screwdrivers to fit the screws on Pentax (and other Japanese) camera gear. Apparently the Phillips head on North American jeweller's screwdrivers does not fit Japanese screws properly. You also need some sort of solvent to dissolve the Loc-tite or whatever brand was used to keep the screws from loosening.
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I have a box of various items including micro-screwdrivers, JIS drivers, forceps, a set of filter wrenches, an adjustable spanner, a lens ring removal tool I turned myself, pliers, magnifiers and dental picks.

But mostly I just send my stuff to Eric and let him deal with it.
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Micro Tools is a good source for camera repair stuff.

10-02-2015, 05:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips! I'm costing out tooling up including repair manuals (+50-bucks for my recently acquired Argus-Cosina STL-1000, arguably in more dire need, I sourced free parts & repair manuals for the spotmatic), vs. getting the work done in a local shop, no doubt done better, and with considerably less collateral damage.
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