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Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By wolves3012
Apology not needed, I knew your intention was...

Apology not needed, I knew your intention was well-meant :-)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By wolves3012
If you PM me your email address, I'll send you a...

If you PM me your email address, I'll send you a copy of a PDF I downloaded, some years back, on the screw-mount Leica. I have no idea where I got it or where it originated but it does have some...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By wolves3012
I'm flattered but I've actually only, very...

I'm flattered but I've actually only, very partially, dismantled a IIIC, once only and my own camera. They are, however, very similar to the early FED and Zorki models, of which I've had a fair few...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 2 Days Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 1,722
Posted By wolves3012
Probably no need to worry. Plenty of 70s...

Probably no need to worry. Plenty of 70s electronics are still working. HPs were mostly built to a quality over price and they still seem to be plentiful in working order. They do actually still make...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By wolves3012
If you aren't sure, measure the voltage across...

If you aren't sure, measure the voltage across the trigger terminals with a voltmeter. A modern meter will give a reasonably accurate reading - if it's more than a few volts I would not risk it. If...
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 220
Views: 8,614
Posted By wolves3012
I keep coming back to this thread but haven't...

I keep coming back to this thread but haven't commented yet. I can only think of one word and that word is "stunning". I'm envious of your adventure and envious of your photographic skills.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 3,746
Posted By wolves3012
A somewhat late reply: take the top off, it's...

A somewhat late reply: take the top off, it's really not that difficult and the MIR doesn't have the complications of, say, the 4K. You can use lighter petrol but it's volatile and so will evaporate...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 317
Posted By wolves3012
It's been some years since I removed one but I...

It's been some years since I removed one but I think you are right about the screws on top holding the assembly on. I'm not sure but I seem to recall that's it - you can wriggle the sensor arm out...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,171
Posted By wolves3012
Can't speak for the US as I don't live there....

Can't speak for the US as I don't live there. Here in the UK we have around 22 million private cars. If each one is charged overnight at 3kW (which isn't actually enough) then there's a demand of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,171
Posted By wolves3012
Sorry to knock the shine off your figures but...

Sorry to knock the shine off your figures but that's not quite correct. The *motors* in an EV might be 85% efficient (actually, they probably do better than that) but there are losses all the way...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-30-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By wolves3012
Have a look at photo 26 (post #9) to see the...

Have a look at photo 26 (post #9) to see the correct alignment after re-fitting. The gear you need to turn is is the large one that has a big hole in the middle, in photo 19 (post #8) it's at the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 1,043
Posted By wolves3012
I did a similar experiment some years ago -...

I did a similar experiment some years ago - there's a thread on here somewhere. I used some leftover pieces of shutter cloth to see if I could burn holes with a camera lens. I can't remember the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-08-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By wolves3012
Simple answer: no. It would be possible, in...

Simple answer: no. It would be possible, in theory, to have a "corrective" optical adapter but you'd have to make it yourself, from scratch. I'm pretty sure there never was such a device...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By wolves3012
Have you checked the curtains for pinholes? Take...

Have you checked the curtains for pinholes? Take off the lens and back and shine a bright torch on the curtain, looking from the other side. Do this with the shutter cocked and not cocked so you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-07-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1,927
Posted By wolves3012
I'm afraid that thread didn't exist when the OP...

I'm afraid that thread didn't exist when the OP started this one. I wrote the sticky a couple of years later. Thoughtful of you though!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-31-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By wolves3012
I have very little experience of the insides of...

I have very little experience of the insides of Kievs but I've found this site very useful: http://www3.telus.net/public/rpnchbck/ There are various pages on dismantling, repairing and re-assembly of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-30-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 490
Posted By wolves3012
Welcome to the dark side and to RFF. Despite...

Welcome to the dark side and to RFF. Despite plenty of naysayers, FSU cameras can be very good users and not always a source of frustration. Above all, have fun.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-12-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 759
Posted By wolves3012
Make sure you tighten the mount screws in a...

Make sure you tighten the mount screws in a diagonal pattern (X-shaped), otherwise you will distort the mount. Best done in stages, nip them up lightly first, then go around in several stages....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-03-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,272
Posted By wolves3012
First off, a FSU camera was mass-produced and...

First off, a FSU camera was mass-produced and cheap and a Leica was neither of those (relatively speaking). That being so, you should expect that a Leica was made to a better standard. Also, Leicas...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-31-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By wolves3012
I had a nagging feeling about this screw, so I...

I had a nagging feeling about this screw, so I had a look at mine. Actually, mine has 2 set-screws at about 120-degrees apart. Roughly, one is below 30 and one is below 60. There's enough variation...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-30-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By wolves3012
It's a slotted-head (flat head). You can purchase...

It's a slotted-head (flat head). You can purchase sets of jewellers screwdrivers quite cheaply, the quality won't be top-notch but they'll do just fine for this sort of job. The size you'll need...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-09-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 957
Posted By wolves3012
General opinion seems to be that the older the...

General opinion seems to be that the older the model, the better made most FSU cameras were. Unfortunately, there are rogues and outliers that will defy the generality. All you can really say is it's...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 338
Posted By wolves3012
Just had a thought - you said you think you...

Just had a thought - you said you think you unlocked a pin. The MD lenses have a lock that holds the aperture on minimum setting and that should normally be used for 'S' mode. If you set the aperture...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 338
Posted By wolves3012
The aperture window is an 'optical periscope' and...

The aperture window is an 'optical periscope' and the viewing lens sits under the overhang of the pentaprism housing. Hold the camera upside down and look just above the lens mount. Are you sure it's...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-28-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 639
Posted By wolves3012
Try here, it covers most of the russian LTM...

Try here, it covers most of the russian LTM lenses: http://www.pentax-manuals.com/repairs.htm
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-08-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 698
Posted By wolves3012
Easy - press the button and turn it about 90...

Easy - press the button and turn it about 90 degrees. I haven't got mine in front of me so I can't remember if it's right or left. If you look at the side of the 'soup bowl' around the shutter button...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-04-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 698
Posted By wolves3012
The FED 1f has two mechanisms that will prevent...

The FED 1f has two mechanisms that will prevent the shutter cocking, the little advance/rewind lever and also the shutter button can be locked down to keep the curtains open on 'B'. Not wishing to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 23,092
Posted By wolves3012
Just to add my thanks to Roger for his...

Just to add my thanks to Roger for his contributions. Sometimes contentious and sometimes mis-interpreted but the forum would be poorer without his sort to challenge us and educate us. I wish you all...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-12-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By wolves3012
Can't offer a definitive answer but there's a...

Can't offer a definitive answer but there's a factor you may not have accounted for - maybe factorS. First off, the camera is old and isn't as precision-made as something more expensive. Years of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-12-2019
Replies: 1,356
Views: 269,710
Posted By wolves3012
On the other hand, I have a Zorki 4 and 4K, both...

On the other hand, I have a Zorki 4 and 4K, both of which have been fully and properly CLA'd. Ergonomics aside and not comparing them unrealistically to vastly more expensive cameras, they are both...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By wolves3012
David, if you scroll down to post #23 and...

David, if you scroll down to post #23 and onwards, there's a section where I posted how to adjust the RF on a Leningrad - with pictures.

To the OP: If you open the camera up and adjust the screws,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By wolves3012
Well, the 'Navy' one is a Zorki and the 'RAF' one...

Well, the 'Navy' one is a Zorki and the 'RAF' one is a FED. Interestigly, both have the wrong rangefinder housing for their respective models so they are both made from parts ('bitsas'). It does say...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-01-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By wolves3012
It's my recollection (and I may be wrong) that...

It's my recollection (and I may be wrong) that pre-war FEDs were non-standard and that post-war they were standardised. Certainly I have a non-standardised 1939 FED and a 1953 (ish) standardised one....
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,050
Posted By wolves3012
Is the email addressed to you by name or "Dear...

Is the email addressed to you by name or "Dear Cusomer/PayPal User" or somesuch? If it's not addressed by name it's 100% a scam. If it's by name I'd be quite worried since it might indicate a problem...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,189
Posted By wolves3012
Actually, the reality is that many such cameras...

Actually, the reality is that many such cameras cannot be repaired without deep pockets and access to re-manufacturing. Despite what the OP thinks, huge swathes of '70s electronic parts are no longer...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 511
Posted By wolves3012
Can't help you directly as to what the problem...

Can't help you directly as to what the problem may be but I have an XG-M and XD5 and the 50mm/1.7 and 28mm/2.8 Minolta lenses plus a 28-200 zoom (Tokina) and they all focus just as I'd expect. I...
Forum: Travel 01-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By wolves3012
A few more suggestions: Anglesey is also worth a...

A few more suggestions: Anglesey is also worth a visit, it's an island just off the north-west of the mainland, not too far from Conway that David mentioned. Beaumaris on Anglesey has a beautiful...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-17-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By wolves3012
Looking at the video, the non-return spring is...

Looking at the video, the non-return spring is failing to do its job it seems. I don't think greasing the gears has anything to do with it but you should only grease them sparingly anyway. There...
Forum: Travel 01-16-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By wolves3012
As David says, Wales is well known for its mostly...

As David says, Wales is well known for its mostly hilly terrain. If you want flat, it's largely not a good place to go. I've been to many parts of Wales and I know that it has some flat-ish parts but...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-15-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By wolves3012
The first picture doesn't show the non-return...

The first picture doesn't show the non-return spring, it's inside the spool spindle. I'm not sure if you thought the spring in the photo was the non-return spring or not?

Inside the spool spindle...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By wolves3012
It's been a while since I worked on a Zorki 4 but...

It's been a while since I worked on a Zorki 4 but I seem to recall the earlier versions have a non-return mechanism using a spring coil around the wind shaft and later ones have a ratchet and pawl...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 838
Posted By wolves3012
I would keep it. After all, it's not a valuable...

I would keep it. After all, it's not a valuable camera. Ok, the Kiev/Contax ergonomics aren't everyone's cup of tea but as the FSU RFs go, the Kiev is one of the best-featured, all-rounders.

You can...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-08-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 686
Posted By wolves3012
Not sure I'm following the problem correctly...

Not sure I'm following the problem correctly here. 1/30th isn't a 'slow' speed on the 4K (although, oddly, 1/60th is!), the slow-speed escapement isn't involved at all at 1/30th.

Are you saying...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-08-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 686
Posted By wolves3012
There's a sticky thread here for the 4/4K CLA,...

There's a sticky thread here for the 4/4K CLA, which I wrote some years back:

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33914

Please read it before you contemplate removing the top...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-04-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 789
Posted By wolves3012
The I-61 L/D was (as far as I know) only made in...

The I-61 L/D was (as far as I know) only made in black finish, not polished aluminium. If it's been transplanted into an older mount, who knows if it's been done properly. Anyway, why not have the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-01-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By wolves3012
I've never worked on one with the short spring....

I've never worked on one with the short spring. However, I'm reasonably sure that the spring and its mounting screws is the only difference. Looking on the FED and Zorki survival site, I can't see...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
Ok I can see the issue now, only the 'correct'...

Ok I can see the issue now, only the 'correct' FED lens appears to be anywhere near to not obstructing the VF or RF windows over a useful range! I'd guess the only solution, if you really need to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
28.78 is within spec, either it's been...

28.78 is within spec, either it's been "standardised" or it's luck. Pre-war FEDs came with a lens (or lenses) matched to the body and not necessarily 28.80mm Leica spec. Measuring with film is,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
Out of curiosity, I've just checked the alignment...

Out of curiosity, I've just checked the alignment of the four collapsibles I have. I have a FED that lands at 8 O'clock, 1 each FED/Zorki at 9 O'clock and a FED at 10 O'clock. These are on their...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
If the new FED is a pre-war one, there's no...

If the new FED is a pre-war one, there's no guarantee it has a standard lens-register distance, so the fitment of other lenses may well be academic - they may not focus correctly. As regards the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-14-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
It may seem a simple matter to remove the lens...

It may seem a simple matter to remove the lens mount but I'd advise you not to unless there's a compelling reason. When re-fitting the mount, apart from what I noted above you'll find that screwing...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-14-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By wolves3012
There's doesn't loook anything wrong with the...

There's doesn't loook anything wrong with the picture, I have several FED and Zorki 1s and the lenses mount with the lock somewhere around the bottom half. I'd take a guess that anything from 4...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
Ok, I see what you mean. It *should* be possible...

Ok, I see what you mean. It *should* be possible to get the RF to line up correctly at 1m and infinity but that photo shows it to be very close. Ok, not perfect but close. If you look at the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
Yes, that's possible. You really need to know if...

Yes, that's possible. You really need to know if the lens focusses at 1m when the scale says 1m. If that's true, the lens is not at fault in an optical sense, but the cam could still be the problem,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
On the Jupiter 8 there are screws (3 of them, I...

On the Jupiter 8 there are screws (3 of them, I think) in the ring that is the moving part that you turn to focus. They can be loosened slightly to move the ring - DO NOT take them out since they are...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
It's possible on most FSU lenses to move the...

It's possible on most FSU lenses to move the scale around (tiny screws set into the ring hold it place), so you could move it so that 1m shows correctly. BUT you might then find the infinity mark is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
I don't think you two are talking about the same...

I don't think you two are talking about the same thing. Most FSU lenses only go to 1m on the scale but they can be turned slightly past that mark. Are you saying this is what bothers you? Or do you...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-03-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By wolves3012
There's a thread in the repair forum on...

There's a thread in the repair forum on rangefinder adjustment, it used to be in the FSU section but has been moved to:

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73900

I'm not qute...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-13-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By wolves3012
I have a couple of Zenit Cs, one is a beater...

I have a couple of Zenit Cs, one is a beater that's tatty but works well, the other is in excellent condition, cosmetically and functionally. They are tiny! You don't realise how small until you see...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,391
Posted By wolves3012
Could well be the explanation! I have a bit of a...

Could well be the explanation!

I have a bit of a thing for programmable calculators and have some russian ones. A couple of them are dated to '94, even though, allegedly, production ended in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-20-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,428
Posted By wolves3012
Almost certainly correct. However, it does depend...

Almost certainly correct. However, it does depend on the quality of the springs used and how long it's left under tension. I wouldn't want to bet on the FSU materials being top quality though, so it...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-20-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,428
Posted By wolves3012
It's true for most mechanical shutters. When you...

It's true for most mechanical shutters. When you cock the shutter, you are winding up springs that are normally (more or less) unwound. Leaving a spring wound up may, eventually, weaken it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-20-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,428
Posted By wolves3012
Respectfully, I have to disagree with that. It...

Respectfully, I have to disagree with that. It all depends on the model and which way you change the speeds. On models with one-piece shutter dials (e.g. Zorki 1) and any of them with "slow" speeds...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-15-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,398
Posted By wolves3012
I'm not suggesting we don't bother and just...

I'm not suggesting we don't bother and just accept all this without trying. I'm merely pointing out reality. Despite laws, pornography, guns, drugs etc. ARE available still (at least, I believe so,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-15-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,398
Posted By wolves3012
+1. Under no circumstances do I support the theft...

+1. Under no circumstances do I support the theft of something that isn't yours but it has to be realised that the internet is global. Placing anything on it means you accept that someone, somewhere...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-07-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Posted By wolves3012
They are made of chrome-plated brass. You'll have...

They are made of chrome-plated brass. You'll have to de-chrome them if you want your paint to stick, because there's pretty much no paint that will stick to chrome (at least, not in a durable...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-26-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,206
Posted By wolves3012
I have mixed feelings on these fake things. On...

I have mixed feelings on these fake things. On the one hand, it's (often) plain dishonesty, although in some cases it may be down to cluelessness. On the other hand, caveat emptor. If you don't do...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-18-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 864
Posted By wolves3012
It's standard that a filter has the same thread...

It's standard that a filter has the same thread back and front, not having this would be pretty unusual. As said above, check for damage or paint etc. I've used many filters of various sizes and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By wolves3012
One more thought about the second-curtain latch:...

One more thought about the second-curtain latch: The spring that tensions it needs to be right. Too much tension means the latch holds the curtain so securely it won't push aside, this then stalls...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By wolves3012
Ok, let's try and explain how the shutter speed...

Ok, let's try and explain how the shutter speed mechanism is supposed to work. On the photo above, your arrow points to the second curtain latch, it's the cresecent-shaped arm and it's spring-loaded...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-05-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By wolves3012
Did you remove the curtains/tapes from the drum...

Did you remove the curtains/tapes from the drum or tension rollers? You shouldn't have needed to but if you did they have to go back *exactly* as you found them (on the drum-end anyway). A likely...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-01-2018
Replies: 127
Views: 152,323
Posted By wolves3012
Hard to be certain but looks pretty likely to...

Hard to be certain but looks pretty likely to need a CLA. If the second curtain fails to close, either something is blocking it (dirt, film chips, dried up lubricant or a mis-adjusted curtain brake)...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
Posted By wolves3012
Steve, The Minolta XD, XD-7 and XD-11 are all...

Steve,

The Minolta XD, XD-7 and XD-11 are all the same camera. The model designation varied according to market (North America: XD-11, Europe: XD-7, Japan: XD).

See here:...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-21-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
Posted By wolves3012
I used to have an XD-7 years ago, took 1000+...

I used to have an XD-7 years ago, took 1000+ transparencies with it then sold it for a digital, which was a mistake. Great camera and some great lenses. I bought an XD-5 a couple of years back, which...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-21-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By wolves3012
Unfortunately, you have 3 options: 1) Take it...

Unfortunately, you have 3 options:

1) Take it apart and see if you can fix it (not too difficult).
2) Send it for repair (probably uneconomic).
3) Don't use flash.

None of the FSU focal-plane...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-20-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By wolves3012
That's odd behaviour, because it should fire the...

That's odd behaviour, because it should fire the flash at *all* speeds. However, the synchroniser is designed around a speed of 1/30th only, at all other speeds it does not work properly (including...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-30-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 495
Posted By wolves3012
If the curtain moves on a slight diagonal, then...

If the curtain moves on a slight diagonal, then one of the shutter tapes is, probably, broken or detached or wasn't attached properly in the first place. That's not an easy fix, it would require a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-18-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By wolves3012
Could be a few reasons. The most likely ones are...

Could be a few reasons. The most likely ones are a) dirt/dried grease in the mechanism, b) lack of tension on the second curtain and c) badly adjusted/displaced second curtain-release spring.

How...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By wolves3012
I think you're thinking of Hammerite, David?

I think you're thinking of Hammerite, David?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By wolves3012
I haven't replaced it on a FED 1 but I have on...

I haven't replaced it on a FED 1 but I have on two Zorkis, which had the same material. It's a messy process but I put the bodyshells in the oven at 200C (I think, anyway - HOT) and it'll soften and...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-07-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By wolves3012
Most of the 50mm and all of the non-50mm russian...

Most of the 50mm and all of the non-50mm russian lenses are more complex than a mount and a helical as separate pieces. As pointed out, the Industar 61 (and its predecessor) can have the rear mount...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 02-04-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 9,836
Posted By wolves3012
This is correct, the Spotmatic has a bridge...

This is correct, the Spotmatic has a bridge circuit that balances to zero, independent of voltage, when at the correct exposure. The only downside of the wrong cell is that the "over" or "under"...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-20-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,329
Posted By wolves3012
I once managed to hand-hold 1/4sec on a Pentax...

I once managed to hand-hold 1/4sec on a Pentax Spotmatic with a 24mm lens and get an acceptably sharp result on transparency film. However, I was a lot younger and I suspect a large dose of luck was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-11-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 3,072
Posted By wolves3012
Glad I was able to help. Here's an explanation of...

Glad I was able to help. Here's an explanation of what that black lever does: the lever slides sideways, pushed by a light spring. The slow-speed mechanism has a small cam (snail-shaped piece) on the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-09-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 3,072
Posted By wolves3012
Hi there, first off welcome to RFF. I think...

Hi there, first off welcome to RFF.

I think you've made the mistake of assuming the selector slots have to align with the marked speeds on the dial above. That is not the case. Remember, the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-29-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 963
Posted By wolves3012
What's been said above is right, if you didnt...

What's been said above is right, if you didnt dismantle the parts and clean them it's not really a CLA. I know that sounds a bit harsh but it's true. If you put a solvent onto the roller pivots, plus...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-08-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 44,135
Posted By wolves3012
A little late with a reply, because I didn't...

A little late with a reply, because I didn't notice this thread had been moved. You can find instructions on how to remove the top-plate under the FSU sub-forum, in a CLA thread I wrote years back....
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-08-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,157
Posted By wolves3012
The price does seem pretty steep for the job...

The price does seem pretty steep for the job required. However, having dismantled cameras with LED displays, I can say that it's probably the case that these LEDs are tiny and it's physically...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-07-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,338
Posted By wolves3012
Yes, I found out the hard way not to remove the...

Yes, I found out the hard way not to remove the meter. I also found out it very tedious to put back together properly! Unfortunately, I did not document it nor do I have a FED 4 any longer to have a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-07-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
Posted By wolves3012
When you say it powers up, do you mean it makes a...

When you say it powers up, do you mean it makes a high-pitched whistle? Is there a "ready" light and if so does it come on? If it whistles, the capacitor is (probably) at least trying to charge. If...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-02-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,803
Posted By wolves3012
That's an understatement! Hopefully I'm not...

That's an understatement! Hopefully I'm not patronising you here but a word of caution: the RF mechanism is on a rather large alloy casting and it is notoriously fragile. Do not, under any...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 08-29-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2,175
Posted By wolves3012
Yes, it does make perfect sense, from an...

Yes, it does make perfect sense, from an electrical viewpoint. A modern DVM draws very little current so it doesn't present a load to the adapter. No current flow = no voltage dropped across the...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 08-17-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,288
Posted By wolves3012
Powder coating will not adhere to chrome anyway,...

Powder coating will not adhere to chrome anyway, pretty much nothing does. If you want to paint it you'll need to strip the chrome first. As pointed out above, you need a thin layer (the chrome is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-10-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,576
Posted By wolves3012
You live & learn, so they say! I'm not a Leica...

You live & learn, so they say! I'm not a Leica expert (clearly!).
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-09-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,576
Posted By wolves3012
No slow-speed escapement on a FED 1 - not until...

No slow-speed escapement on a FED 1 - not until FED 3 did they fit such a gizmo. It shouldn't be any harder to go anywhere between 1/500th and Z, or back. Not directly between Z and 1/500th (or vice...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-07-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,576
Posted By wolves3012
As everyone has suggested, it's the size of the...

As everyone has suggested, it's the size of the film cassette causing the film to "sag" across the frame. I have a FED 1g, same year as that and it does the same. To cure it I cut a spacer out of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-03-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,193
Posted By wolves3012
Absolutely not!

Absolutely not!
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-03-2017
Replies: 112
Views: 6,509
Posted By wolves3012
I hope "your own eyes" will include appropriate...

I hope "your own eyes" will include appropriate protection, it's never safe to view eclipses with the naked eye. Hope that's not patronising you but I'd rather say it than someone pays the price.

If...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-03-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,537
Posted By wolves3012
The FED or Zorki 1 only has one advantage over a...

The FED or Zorki 1 only has one advantage over a FED 2: it's a little bit smaller. There's no photographic reason to get one since it has some minor disadvantages, such as narrower rangefinder base...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-24-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By wolves3012
I would suggest that would be a bad move. A lot...

I would suggest that would be a bad move. A lot depends on the type of formatting the camera performs. A full format erases ALL data and re-writes the FAT (file allocation table), a quick format...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-08-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2,479
Posted By wolves3012
If you follow the CLA sticky, take the top cover...

If you follow the CLA sticky, take the top cover off and dismantle the shutter release mechanism. I agree that it is not returning to "advance" mode, this is most likely caused by dried-up grease in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-08-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 771
Posted By wolves3012
You can strip the vulcanite by heating it up (I...

You can strip the vulcanite by heating it up (I seem to recall 200C) but obviously you can't do that with a complete camera. Easy to do with the bottom-load cameras though, since you can just remove...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-08-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,182
Posted By wolves3012
I have a couple of Zorki 1s and a couple of FED...

I have a couple of Zorki 1s and a couple of FED 1s, plus a Leica IIIc. The Zorkis and FEDs have all been CLAd (as has the Leica but not for some time). There's not much to choose in winding on any of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-29-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 678
Posted By wolves3012
If you are new to Kievs, I recommend a visit to...

If you are new to Kievs, I recommend a visit to the Kiev survival site. Tons of useful information, including a page on solving light leaks:

http://www3.telus.net/public/rpnchbck/
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-29-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,847
Posted By wolves3012
It's always a clone when it's for sale! Simple...

It's always a clone when it's for sale! Simple "logic": it's derived from the FED 1, which itself was (loosely) a clone of a Leica. Leica has a certain reputation, so it's a bonus to have the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-27-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,847
Posted By wolves3012
David, I tried this some years ago with an...

David,

I tried this some years ago with an offcut from re-shuttering some FSU cameras. The thread should still be on here but you may have to hunt for it!

The answer is yes, you can burn a hole...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-18-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,847
Posted By wolves3012
The 'S' is close to a Zorki 1 but with a flash...

The 'S' is close to a Zorki 1 but with a flash sync capability and not quite such nice looks.

Of those you list, the 6 is probably the best if you don't need slower speeds. The VF is excellent, it...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-18-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,847
Posted By wolves3012
The I-26 is a sharp lens with good contrast,...

The I-26 is a sharp lens with good contrast, although the later I-61 is better still. Either of them is almost guaranteed to need a re-lube to be smooth, however. Tne russian grease is awful after a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-18-2017
Replies: 143
Views: 6,847
Posted By wolves3012
There's a sticky I wrote, some years ago, on the...

There's a sticky I wrote, some years ago, on the pros and cons of the more popular models. It's at the top of this sub-forum.

To summarise, you need to decide which features are important to you....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-12-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 698
Posted By wolves3012
The Kievs are fairly well known for spacing...

The Kievs are fairly well known for spacing issues, so you aren't the first to have this. The film winds only around part of the spool, less than if it wound the other way (as most cameras do),...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-26-2017
Replies: 140
Views: 12,638
Posted By wolves3012
Not many, five I think. A Kodak DC210+, a Fuji...

Not many, five I think. A Kodak DC210+, a Fuji Finepix (can't remember the model), a Minolta Z1, a Nikon P50 (P & S) and the newest a Panasonic G2. Only still have the last two and no plans for...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-19-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 8,300
Posted By wolves3012
What I said is a bit of a simplification, since...

What I said is a bit of a simplification, since there's the aqeous humour behind the cornea and the cornea bulges to make a lens shape out of the aqueous humour - but it's still not a 1-element...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-19-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 8,300
Posted By wolves3012
Not quite, actually it has two. The cornea is the...

Not quite, actually it has two. The cornea is the major refracting element, not the lens. So it's actually a doublet of sorts. As Roger says, it does need a lot of post-processing!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-19-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,504
Posted By wolves3012
Don't know enough about the Leica I to comment on...

Don't know enough about the Leica I to comment on the body, although it does look very FSU-like. The lens is an Industar 22 or 50, without any doubt whatsoever. Caveat emptor applies very much!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-09-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By wolves3012
Excessive tension on the curtain rollers could...

Excessive tension on the curtain rollers could cause the second curtain release to be overpowered and pushed aside prematurely. These shutters, when properly cleaned and lubricated, will run with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-31-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By wolves3012
Just to hijack your thread slightly, how do you...

Just to hijack your thread slightly, how do you know which way a film is on a bulk reel? I'm rather thinking it's a bad move to inspect said reel in daylight! Is there a "standard" on how bulk reels...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-26-2017
Replies: 39
Views: 2,495
Posted By wolves3012
My dad bought a Kiev 4 in 1975, which I...

My dad bought a Kiev 4 in 1975, which I inherited. The meter no longer works properly but the shutter does. Since I'm not a big fan of the styling of the Kiev 4, I bought a 4A off Ebay some years ago...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-23-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,037
Posted By wolves3012
I'd be willing to put money on this being the...

I'd be willing to put money on this being the correct explanation, makes perfect sense, knowing how the Zorki shutter (and most FP shutters) work. It's not valid using the tester unless it's close up...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-12-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 3,268
Posted By wolves3012
The correct answer, like so many things in...

The correct answer, like so many things in photography, is "it depends". If you have above-average eyesight, if you view the print too closely or use a loupe, if your exposure is wrong and the print...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-12-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 3,268
Posted By wolves3012
I think you're referring to hyperfocal distance...

I think you're referring to hyperfocal distance rather than zone focus. Logically, zone focus means focussing in such a way that everything within a zone is sharp. At hyperfocal distance that zone...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-02-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,496
Posted By wolves3012
It's true that the FED 2 has a longer base-length...

It's true that the FED 2 has a longer base-length RF but that's not the whole story. What actually matters is the *effective* base-length, which is the optical magnification times the physical...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By wolves3012
Indeed, it's a possibility and I wasn't...

Indeed, it's a possibility and I wasn't suggesting it's never an appropriate action. I was simply pointing out that it is more often a symptom of a shutter needing CLA.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By wolves3012
Unfortunately, I can't entirely agree with this....

Unfortunately, I can't entirely agree with this. Although it will effect a "repair", my experience of these shutters is that a freshly CLA'd shutter runs properly with very little tension. A shutter...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-13-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 4,533
Posted By wolves3012
If you don't have access to a proper shutter...

If you don't have access to a proper shutter speed tester, you can use the computer CRT monitor test. That's if you can find a CRT monitor! It won't work with an LCD screen and it's not much use for...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-01-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,338
Posted By wolves3012
The compatibility issue of the FED 2 and J-12 is...

The compatibility issue of the FED 2 and J-12 is quite common. My advice would also be to check that the RF arm is riding correctly on the lens cam. If it's not, this is likely the problem. If it is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-01-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By wolves3012
Welcome to the forum ProSimex, I'm glad the CLA...

Welcome to the forum ProSimex, I'm glad the CLA thread was useful to you.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-27-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 5,650
Posted By wolves3012
My "sample size" is probably bigger than most, I...

My "sample size" is probably bigger than most, I have or have had around 25-30 FSUs. Of those one was bought as "spares or repair" and wasn't repairable but the lens was good - a J8 that now gets use...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-23-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Posted By wolves3012
Simplest way: tighten the screw then turn the...

Simplest way: tighten the screw then turn the setting ring either way as far as it goes. Now slacken the screw and turn the ring to its proper position, then re-tighten the screw. That will certainly...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-15-2016
Replies: 111
Views: 7,889
Posted By wolves3012
Really Roger? Set the automobile back 120 years?...

Really Roger? Set the automobile back 120 years? I suspect that only devout cyclists would ever go for such an idea. A little thought suggests the world economy would collapse, deliveries would take...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-10-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,645
Posted By wolves3012
Assuming the sprocket is free to turn when you do...

Assuming the sprocket is free to turn when you do (seems likely else you'll rip the film) I can't see how it'll do any harm. It's not that hard to take the top plate off a FED 2 but unless you know...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-09-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,645
Posted By wolves3012
I'm afraid you need to take off the whole...

I'm afraid you need to take off the whole top-plate to access the part I meant, no you can't even see it by taking the back off.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-09-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,645
Posted By wolves3012
It's been years since I had a FED 2 apart...

It's been years since I had a FED 2 apart but...there's a set-screw in the rim of the collar that locks it and prevents it being unscrewed. If the screw is loose or missing this could give the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-22-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,165
Posted By wolves3012
Fairly lucky here regarding recycling. The only...

Fairly lucky here regarding recycling. The only stuff that goes to landfill is things like wrapping cellophane and polystyrene (it's recyclable but there's no facility to do so) and shredded paper....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-19-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By wolves3012
I don't claim to be an expert but I've never...

I don't claim to be an expert but I've never heard of it. Just wondering if it could be a mistake in the markings? Can you verify it really is 115mm?
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-01-2016
Replies: 45
Views: 5,878
Posted By wolves3012
If I could only keep one I'd have hard time...

If I could only keep one I'd have hard time choosing between a Kiev 4a and a Zorki or FED 1. The Kiev has a very complete set of features I like to have and metal curtains to boot. The FED/Zorki 1 is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-15-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By wolves3012
If you can find a later one or a 4K as a donor,...

If you can find a later one or a 4K as a donor, you can fit the later latch/catch to it. Gives improved accuracy on some slower speeds, especially 1/15th. I have an older Zorki 4 that I did this...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-14-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By wolves3012
It's dual purpose - latch when fully wound and...

It's dual purpose - latch when fully wound and brake at the end of the shutter travel. Earlier Zorki 4s don't have the latch function and it's just a brake.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-05-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,456
Posted By wolves3012
If it's like a 3M, you don't really need to...

If it's like a 3M, you don't really need to remove the collar, the top cover will go past it with a little jiggling. Looks like you sorted it though. The viewfinder surround is part of the top cover,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-05-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,135
Posted By wolves3012
As a cyclist (not that often), a motorcyclist...

As a cyclist (not that often), a motorcyclist (fairly often) and a car driver (often) I see the foolish acts each class makes and tend to try and avoid making the same mistakes. However, when on two...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-04-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,456
Posted By wolves3012
Fine looking camera, I have a 3M. If you need to...

Fine looking camera, I have a 3M. If you need to make any RF adjustments other than the usual, they are dead easy to remove the top cover to get at.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-25-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,563
Posted By wolves3012
There is nothing preventing someone fitting the...

There is nothing preventing someone fitting the bodyshell form a Zorki 2C (which has strap lugs) onto a Zorki 1, the shell would fit as-is. As for the flash socket, I'm reasonably confident the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-22-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,774
Posted By wolves3012
Have a look in my CLA thread in the stickies,...

Have a look in my CLA thread in the stickies, it'll show you how to get at the rewind mechanism. You can just ignore all the other stuff about the slow-speed mechanism etc and go straight to the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-19-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,774
Posted By wolves3012
Not quite sure from the angle of the photos but...

Not quite sure from the angle of the photos but your camera could be in "rewind" mode, either accidentally or through a fault. Try turning the shutter release button collar back & forth and see if...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 08-31-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,030
Posted By wolves3012
You can't measure the output by simply connecting...

You can't measure the output by simply connecting a DVM to it. The adapter works by having a Shottky diode in series with the cell, which "loses" 0.15V when it's passing some current. A DVM draws...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 08-18-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,325
Posted By wolves3012
Looks very much like a keeper!

Looks very much like a keeper!
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-17-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,340
Posted By wolves3012
Probably the best course of action is to find a...

Probably the best course of action is to find a tech who can investigate. Most meters are adjustable, internally, for calibration so it may be possible to correct it. Whether the cost is worth it to...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-16-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,340
Posted By wolves3012
Without details of how the metering circuitry...

Without details of how the metering circuitry works, it's impossible to know if the error could be down to battery voltage. Too much or too little voltage at the supply could have over or...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-16-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,340
Posted By wolves3012
Might help if you were a bit more explicit - the...

Might help if you were a bit more explicit - the voltage of what? The meter doesn't have a "voltage" of its own. What sort of meter is it, or what camera? Why do you need to measure it, because it's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-09-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 6,240
Posted By wolves3012
I have a theory. Nowadays, a great deal of most...

I have a theory. Nowadays, a great deal of most people's vocabulary comes not from books but from the internet, news articles etc. Teachers of English, in my humble opinion are nowadays fairly...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 07-23-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,981
Posted By wolves3012
FWIW, I have a LTM black version from '76 and a...

FWIW, I have a LTM black version from '76 and a silver Kiev-mount version from '68. Neither of them has caused me problems with flare. I'd suggest the OP just gets a decent copy and doesn't obsess...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-29-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By wolves3012
Looking at the pictures Wulfthari links to, it's...

Looking at the pictures Wulfthari links to, it's clear the camera is stuck in "rewind" mode, or at least partly stuck. You can see the long spring is curved downwards, which is should not be, keeping...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-29-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By wolves3012
No, the Zorki 4 has a ratchet at the top of the...

No, the Zorki 4 has a ratchet at the top of the film spool mechanism, not the coiled spring arrangement.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-27-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By wolves3012
Take the back off the camera and have a look at...

Take the back off the camera and have a look at the driving pins below the film sprocket - do they drop one behind the other after the shutter is fired or do they end up sitting on top of each other?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,420
Posted By wolves3012
Roger, I understand fully what you're saying, as...

Roger, I understand fully what you're saying, as I also understand why these people signed. Yes, the whole thing was a shambles on both sides and none of the "facts" presented were indeed facts. This...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,420
Posted By wolves3012
Political suicide for whoever was brave enough to...

Political suicide for whoever was brave enough to try, I suspect, for either case. And probably not a good way to get the result reversed. The British people have made a decision, right or wrong and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,420
Posted By wolves3012
I have to disagree with this. The referendum was...

I have to disagree with this. The referendum was held on a simple basis, more than 50% of votes means a win. If 2 people voted for and 1 against, then "for" wins. Simple. It's called democracy....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 06-09-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,349
Posted By wolves3012
This is a fairly well-known issue with the FED 2...

This is a fairly well-known issue with the FED 2 and the I-10 lens, exactly as you're finding. The mount on the FED 2 is slimmer than other models and the collapsible lenses often don't fit because...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 06-09-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,459
Posted By wolves3012
If the collar around the shutter button is set...

If the collar around the shutter button is set away from "rewind" (I can't tell from the photos) then the mechanism is gummed up and failing to go back into "advance". The mechanism is definitely in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-09-2016
Replies: 25
Views: 2,091
Posted By wolves3012
It's not a Zorki, I don't think but it's...

It's not a Zorki, I don't think but it's certainly a fake. The wide bowl around the shutter release bears more than a passing resemblance to a FED 1(g) and I don't think that's a coincidence....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-19-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,241
Posted By wolves3012
There is a slight technical difference between...

There is a slight technical difference between the Leica standard (which the Canon is built to) and FSU standard. In most real-world shooting scenarios, it doesn't matter but with a fast lens and...
Forum: RFF News 04-29-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,223
Posted By wolves3012
The problem nowadays is that anything digital can...

The problem nowadays is that anything digital can be cloned or altered in an almost unlimited fashion, so copyright has become unenforceable in this area (and many others). If you willingly submit a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-26-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 8,728
Posted By wolves3012
My newest digital is a Panasonic G2, which I have...

My newest digital is a Panasonic G2, which I have no need to upgrade to something newer. I still sometimes use a Minolta Z1 (3.2Mp) and regularly use a Nikon P50 (8Mp P&S), it can get very close in...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-17-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By wolves3012
Been a while since I had the top off a Z-6 but I...

Been a while since I had the top off a Z-6 but I seem to recall it's more or less the same as a Z-5 and not anything else. It's actually not a half-silvered mirror, if you mean the bit behind (in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 04-06-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 1,498
Posted By wolves3012
The camera centre-shot is probably a Leica, due...

The camera centre-shot is probably a Leica, due to the slow-speed dial. I've read, somewhere, that the russians *might* have produced a "copy" with such a dial but I've never seen anything...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-06-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,039
Posted By wolves3012
For my RFs, which mostly don't have meters, I use...

For my RFs, which mostly don't have meters, I use a Sverdlovsk 4 or sometimes a Weston III or IV. The Weston V is a good meter but (like the III), I find the scales a bit crowded. In poor light the...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-20-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,074
Posted By wolves3012
I've yet to find an Industar-61 that didn't need...

I've yet to find an Industar-61 that didn't need a re-lube to be smooth, I've done a dozen or so of them. White lithium cycle grease is the stuff, doesn't flow, creep or break down and it's not...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-19-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,814
Posted By wolves3012
Most versions of the J-8 are easy to disassemble,...

Most versions of the J-8 are easy to disassemble, especially if you don't need to strip the optical blocks and the instructions in that PDF are very good. Just make sure you have the right tools...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-17-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,814
Posted By wolves3012
Download the PDF you can find here; ...

Download the PDF you can find here; http://www.pentax-manuals.com/repairs.htm It'll show you how to re-lube your lens if you want to attempt it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-29-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By wolves3012
The 4AM has a hot-shoe, fixed spool, fold-out...

The 4AM has a hot-shoe, fixed spool, fold-out rewind crank and the shutter speeds are marked on the upper face of the speed dial. If a seller doesn't know what model he's selling, I'd be supsicious...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
Sort of - yes and no. You're correct that all...

Sort of - yes and no. You're correct that all three should agree. You're correct that the important two are the RF and actual focus, the scale being more of an indictaion than an absolute. However,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
Have a look in the stickies for a thread on how...

Have a look in the stickies for a thread on how to adjust your RF. To check it out you'll need two targets, one at "infinity" and one at 1 metre. The ideal one for infinity is the moon or a star but...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
That's a pretty small error, I'd think twice...

That's a pretty small error, I'd think twice about messing around for that unless it really matters to you. You'd be talking a very thin shim. As above, check the RF calibration first anyway.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-28-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
If the actual focus point is behind where the...

If the actual focus point is behind where the RF/scale indicates, you'd need to add thickness to the shim(s). Before you go messing with things like that though, do make quite sure the RF is...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-26-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
It's only possible by adding a shim to the one...

It's only possible by adding a shim to the one behind the optical block. If you were using the lens on a digital camera this would be ok, you'd be focussing via the live image. For use on a film RF...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-25-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 2,051
Posted By wolves3012
Have a here for the Jupiter 8 re-lube...

Have a here for the Jupiter 8 re-lube instructions, which will tell you how the lens comes apart:

www.pentax-manuals.com

You don't actually need to take apart but on most of the J-8 models (not...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-23-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 2,994
Posted By wolves3012
Received wisdom on FSUs says older models were...

Received wisdom on FSUs says older models were better made, which would point to the IIa being a better choice. I don't base that on personal experience of Kievs, however, only having two of them....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-20-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,866
Posted By wolves3012
I tend to agree with Fotohuis: it needs CLA....

I tend to agree with Fotohuis: it needs CLA. Uneven exposure like that can be caused by dirt in the shutter mechanics anywhere in the various pivots and gears, although the sudden change in exposure...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-16-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 1,877
Posted By wolves3012
I have no. 99254, which I believe dates it to...

I have no. 99254, which I believe dates it to 1939. The inscription looks exactly the same as the lowest left FED in the first post above. I'm not sure of the provenance of this example, it appears...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 01-11-2016
Replies: 1
Views: 877
Posted By wolves3012
It isn't unusual for different lenses to produce...

It isn't unusual for different lenses to produce slight differences in the scale reading when aimed at the same target but they should be quite small. If the errors aren't small, it's likely at least...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-07-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,754
Posted By wolves3012
Ok, if it's that far out you'll need to adjust...

Ok, if it's that far out you'll need to adjust the mirror on the RF arm, which does require the top cover to be removed. Take a look in the Zorki 4 CLA sticky, you'll see photos of the Zorki's mirror...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-06-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,415
Posted By wolves3012
Capping is where the curtains do not run at the...

Capping is where the curtains do not run at the same speed, so the 2nd curtain catches up with the 1st and closes part of the frame. Can be caused by 1st curtain running too slow or 2nd curtain too...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-06-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 1,754
Posted By wolves3012
Shameless plug for my own thread but take a look...

Shameless plug for my own thread but take a look in the stickies at the top of the FSU section. There you'll find instructions on how to adjust the RF. On a FED 2, you do not need to take the top off...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-18-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By wolves3012
If you're stuck: find a film can, the sort where...

If you're stuck: find a film can, the sort where the lid clips over the can rim and not the sort that the lid is like a plug that fits into the can. Take a sharp knife, cut carefully around the inner...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By wolves3012
The only dumb question is the one you don't ask!...

The only dumb question is the one you don't ask! The answer is that you should use the RF to focus on all of your lenses. The turret finder will only provide the correct frame for the lens, whilst...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,203
Posted By wolves3012
I forgot to mention: we have a sticky on this...

I forgot to mention: we have a sticky on this subject anyway, here...

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134577

The bottom line is it's always safe to set after cocking. If you...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,203
Posted By wolves3012
See my post above, it will certainly do no harm....

See my post above, it will certainly do no harm. There is a detailed explanation here as to why it's not advised since it can cause incorrect shutter speeds:...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-08-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2,593
Posted By wolves3012
Not familiar with this camera but...I have a...

Not familiar with this camera but...I have a russian lens somewhere (well, I have a few but that's not part of the story), I think an Industar 61 on a FED 3, which has the distance scale marked in...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,203
Posted By wolves3012
As per above, practice the "Contax grip". One...

As per above, practice the "Contax grip". One thing that may throw you is that lens focus goes the "wrong" way (opposite to most others), that one still catches me out a lot! Personally I'd check out...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-30-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By wolves3012
The answer is: probably not. There are numerous...

The answer is: probably not. There are numerous LED manufacturers and several technologies to produce LEDs in a wide range of outputs, colours and prices. One manufacturer might use LEDs from the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-14-2015
Replies: 79
Views: 7,061
Posted By wolves3012
The reverse situation also often occurs. People...

The reverse situation also often occurs. People who have invested in expensive gear (not only in photography) often defend it by saying that they are able to tell the difference, even where science...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-13-2015
Replies: 79
Views: 7,061
Posted By wolves3012
The science is mostly tosh with a (very small)...

The science is mostly tosh with a (very small) sprinkling of truth. The evidence presented shows nothing in support of the flaky theory. Even the only side-by-side (Mickey Mouse) shots are hard to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-09-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 914
Posted By wolves3012
What sevo says. The internal bayonet is only for...

What sevo says. The internal bayonet is only for 50mm-nominal lenses because it provides the helical to achieve focus movement, the lens itself has no helical. Anything that isn't 50mm (53/52.4mm...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-08-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 7,420
Posted By wolves3012
Bronze probably means brass-finish. i.e. it's...

Bronze probably means brass-finish. i.e. it's been de-chromed. They can work well but most you see for sale have been de-chromed and polished up to look pretty in a display case, not to take photos....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-04-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By wolves3012
When you wind on on a Kiev, you're shifting a...

When you wind on on a Kiev, you're shifting a fair bit of mechanics and it's done through a train of gears. You're moving the film, winding the shutter blinds (vertically) and (if you've set a speed...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-27-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 4,671
Posted By wolves3012
The release arm is a force-fit on the shaft and...

The release arm is a force-fit on the shaft and isn't really meant to be taken off - why do you need to remove it? You can do all the necessary CLA work without taking it off and your stuck curtain...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By wolves3012
Well, professional testing of this nature is...

Well, professional testing of this nature is beyond most of us in terms of the equipment needed. Yes, there may be some caveats but I, for one, applaud your efforts and found it a useful contribution.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By wolves3012
Ron, I can't advise on that, sorry. I know there...

Ron, I can't advise on that, sorry. I know there are certain issues with compatibility between Contax/Kiev bodies and lenses but I have no idea if this is one of them. Hopefully someone else will...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By wolves3012
Ron, mine was just a random Ebay purchase (cheap)...

Ron, mine was just a random Ebay purchase (cheap) a few years ago so I can't really comment on present supply. I think mine was NOS, not sure but it's immaculate.

EDIT: Just found item no....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-10-2015
Replies: 32
Views: 1,942
Posted By wolves3012
I'm not, I have one for my Kievs and frankly was...

I'm not, I have one for my Kievs and frankly was shocked at how sharp it is when I first got it. It has a different "look" from the regular Jupiter 8, which is more old-school sort of thing but it...
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