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The quick winder not working

Hi there! When I try to wind the film to the next frame, instead of stopping there it carries on winding sometimes 2 or three times. I am missing a few frames because of that (many actually!!) sometimes works fine but very occasionally. I only just got my camera and i am desperate for it to work fine. Please help!!

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That camera has several rubber bumpers and gaskets in the mirror mechanism that have a tendency to turn into sticky gooey sludge causing the levers in the shutter and mirror mechanisms to get sluggish.

The latch that tells it to stop winding is not dropping into proper position when you wind the camera. Try holding the film advance lever all the way to the front when winding it to allow the latch to drop into place before letting the lever to return.

The only permanent solution is to completely disassemble the camera to clean out the old goop and replace them with newer neoprene fittings. My suggestion would be to find a replacement body since the repair is probably going to cost between $80 to $90 and you can probably find a good used body for less than that.

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The rubber bunpers are best removed for a permanent fix. This should be included in a standard service.

To see how to open the camera up for repair and how to do this properly there is a camera repair site which deal with this and other cameras in detail. alternatively you can contact the author who can offer a very competitive camera repair service for these models.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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    PS: You won't be able to get a good replacemnt body for less cost than a service. The replacement will have the same bits in it, and they will be in much the same condition. If you want a working camera buy one from a dealer who offers a guarantee, and can offer a service.



    You will find that whn you find one of these, the service will be cheaper. (For the obvious reason that the one sold with the guarantee has already been serviced. That is added to the price!)

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