KCK14

Lives in United States Alabama, United States
Works as a Retired Camera Repairman
Joined on Nov 23, 2012

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  • I have dumped all my old parts lists to this is a guess.    Either there is a retaining ring in the rear that allows the whole lens/diaphragm assembly to drop out.  OR you need a special wrench ...
  • If I remember right, the Praktica of that era had some meter resistor parts that broke easily and the meter switch was funky.  Not the least surprised it is not working.  Somewhat unreliable even ...
  • Camera is simple Aperture preferred model.   Set dial to red A,  pick your f-stop and the camera will show the shutter speed it will deliver.  You are not trying to match or set any thing.   No ...
  • My opinion is you need the wide lens.  With the long lens you will end up standing so far from the cars that you will constantly have people walking in front of you.  Go for a small backpack and ...
  • Replied in B 17
    My father also flew in the 8th AF.  His B-17 was shot down and as pilot and last one out, he did not survive.  Just last year did I get my first  chance to tour one of the few remaining planes. You ...
  • Replied in Pentax K1000
    Make sure the meter is working.  Replacement parts have not been available for years.
  • Normal for film and a P&S camera.  We have gotten so used to the precision of even cheap digital cameras, that the way things used to be seems crude by comparison.  Many film P&S cameras were ...
  • I have the older Nikon Micro 60.  Still an AF lens so it works well on my Nikon.  I use it as my macro lens on my Olympus with an adaptor.  Since I usually manual focus macro anyway, its no big ...
  • In the last generation of 35mm electronic cameras used shutters and digital control circuits similar to digital cameras.  1/15 was .066. not .062.   The real errors start to happen above 1/500 ...
  • On the Canon A series there is no mechanical or unpowered release. Every thing takes the px28 6v battery. All shutter times are electronic. A failure in the timing circuit will usually deliver ...
  • As an old repairman, my advice has always to bring to the beach only a camera that you don't mind losing.  Any salt water in the camera can be fatal. My practical advice is to go shoot the pictures ...
  • The AE-1 was the first fully electronically controlled camera that I learned to fix. While teaching at National Camera, I attended a dinner meeting with a Canon JICA rep that was so proud of their ...
  • The AE-1 is not a match needle or centering type meter.  It is a shutter priority auto exposure camera.  Pick your speed like you would with any camera.  Set the lens to the "A" setting and take ...
  • The first focal plane shutter speed tester was a spinning drum used by Leica.  Electronic tester didn't come till much later.  First using an oscilloscope to time the pulse of light. it was ...
  • Don't be afraid to use it.  Pay attention to the obvious things.  More repairs are caused by abuse than use.   Don't drop it, don't spill your drink on it, keep it out of the water.  Changing ...
  • This is similar to what I do.  My iCloud library is pictures my wife shoots and I add family and vacation pictures after culling and editing in LR. I shoot lots of different stuff that is of little ...
  • I am a retired repair shop owner.  Very few responsible shops will attempt such a repair on a digital camera.  Even if they get it working, it is impossible to warranty.  Your disassembly will be ...
  • And I was happy EC dial was so stiff.
  • I have not repaired this particular model.  I am a retired long time camera repairman and was relating general information I've learned repairing different flashes.  I am out of the business and ...
  • You are probably right on suspecting the tube.  But usually it is best to replace the trigger coil and trigger capacitor (small one near the coil not the main capacitor). The tube is held in by the ...
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