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01-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Great tool for film cameras

Older film cameras usually have a slot for the battery compartment, sometimes the motor drive or a grip too. The slot fits a coin, but never that well, and coins often have rounded edges. Today I found a great tool that will fit almost perfectly, the Veritas Pocket Screwdriver:

Pocket Screwdrivers - Lee Valley Tools

I'm not sure about shipping; my orders are always $200+. If you are lucky enough to be a Canadian, you may have a Lee Valley retail outlet nearby.

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nice idea, looks kinda pricey tho :/
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Seems to me I always used a nickel. It fit tight in the the slot. Get a nice new one from your pocket change and throw it in your bag.
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people will sell anything

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Back when Yashica was still around they machined the slot on their battery cover for the highly popular Yashica Electro 35 series to perfectly fit a 100 yen coin.
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Back when Yashica was still around they machined the slot on their battery cover for the highly popular Yashica Electro 35 series to perfectly fit a 100 yen coin.
I always wondered whether those slots were meant for a particular coin. One reason why I thought this particular tool was a good idea was that it will fit a wide range of slots, almost perfectly. The better the fit, the less damage you'll cause, with greater control and more force if needed. I just came across a nearly mint camera whose slots don't fit my usual coins, and this happened to be the perfect tool for the job.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
Seems to me I always used a nickel. It fit tight in the the slot. Get a nice new one from your pocket change and throw it in your bag.
Every time I see a nickel in my bag, I wonder what it's doing there. Then I remember...and feel like a noob

Thank goodness it only took me half a roll of film to stop looking at the back of the camera after every shot

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I've been using a penny for a long time now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pumalite Quote
I've been using a penny for a long time now.
Do you mean American/Canadian 1˘ coin which is much smaller than the usual slot on a battery cap or a English penny?


Dave, wouldn't a regular washer have done? They do seem kinda pricey but hey, thanks for the link.
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When I worked in camera repair we had a screwdriver with a semicircular bit that fit the coin slot on everything...

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Can anyone spare a quarter?
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Or get this for less than $1:

Craftsman 4 Way Screwdriver - Model 4160 at Sears.com
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Some of my fellow electronic technicians at my job seem to pride themselves on being able to fix
practically anything with their bare hands, a pocket screwdriver maybe, or just a Leatherman.
When practical I prefer to use the tool intended for any given job.

Everything mentioned will work to an extent, but the Japanese coin or special screwdriver fit
the slot perfectly and will not slip. The extra torque might be important if threads are oxidized,
rusted, fused with battery salts or crossed. Prevents the slot from getting chewed up, too...

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That's a clever thing that could be useful to have around for many things, but considering my only camera that has a cover like that is the Olympus OM-1 that has needed 1 (one) battery change since it was bought new in the late 70's... Well... I might survive just using a coin
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