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Film rewind crank came off, rewind shaft fell into camera body. a) Can I get camera open? b) Is reassembling pieces fairly easy? Thank you, Paul LaFond

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  • pauljlafond Dec 07, 2009

    Isn't each side equal distance away from the center of the camera? It doesn't note what to do with the hook. I actually have a dentist's cleaning tool, which seems ideal, but it doesn't say how to unlatch the door. If I can open the door I can probably take it from there . . . .

  • pauljlafond Dec 08, 2009

    I got it! I downloaded schematics from Nikon, determined the configuration of the latch, my tool was small enough to pick the latch and then I wrestled with the assembly, assembled and unassembled it a few times and finally got it right! That was fun but I don't want to have to do it again!
    Thank you,



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Yes, and yes. A small hook is needed, a small crochet hook will work. The latch is on the side farthest away from the center of the camera. You are pulling up to free the door latch. The rewind knob is tricky, but possible. Keep the door open while re-assembling as the center shaft will be loose till you get the knob on. The handle and pin are easy, assemble them 1st. Hold the center shaft, put the coil spring in, then the washer and finally the spring plate. Guide the handle/knob assembly onto the shaft with the parts. It is tricky to hold it all in place, but is possible.

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    Kevin Pettit Dec 07, 2009

    Use the hole where the rewind shaft should be. The plate that latches the door it L shaped. It runs along the side of the camera and then extends into the rewind area.

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    Kevin Pettit Dec 08, 2009

    Excellent, at least you had all the pieces. Replacements are scarce.



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