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Old 06-01-2010   #1
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Interesting Links for DIY and Projects, place here.

I'll start with one,

Kim Coxon's excellent site, with some great instructions for FSU lens CLA and free-for-download repair manuals.

http://pentax-manuals.com/repairs.htm
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Old 06-01-2010   #2
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And add this one from Johan,

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I found the sets of fellow Dutchman Hans Kerensky on Flickr very useful to disassemble a lot of differnt gear. His sets show in detail what to expect and how to proceed.

Thought I'd just share here!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/
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Rick Oleson's Tech Notes has a lot of info. I also recommend picking up one of his CD's.
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I was just going to post that one!

http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-27.html

And did you know he has a FLICKR set,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2626274...7622552007096/
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Brian, thanks for the link to Rick's Flickr set - I didn't know about it. WOW!
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You can find almost any parts here:

http://www.mcmaster.com

Shims...especially for Brian.
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Here is another place for parts and information:

http://www.skgrimes.com/
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Some DIY a mix of easy and more advanced DIY gear
http://www.stockholmviews.com/diyphotogear/index.html

And yes it is my site and yes I would love to get some help with
material for my site and I would love to publish a good DIY so
get in touch if you have some

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Big list from my bookmarks, alot of SLR-stuff but also alot of other cameras and genal DIY for photo-nerds:

http://4photos.de/camera-diy/index-en.html
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For LF projects there are many a site. But start here at fellow compatriot Jon Grepstad's site and you'll find many of them through the links page.

Main site: http://home.online.no/~gjon/

A treasure trove of a projects a resources inks page: http://home.online.no/~gjon/camerabuilders.htm

Relevance to RF? Well there are more than a few RF LF cameras out there being modified every day. One such site: http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~razzle/
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Modification of Mamiya Press and Graflexes and the like: http://bigcamera.com/
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There are a number of projects on Flickr. This guy tackles any type of camera build, from LF to pano conversion of a Nimslo stereo camera with Mamiya press parts. See pages 2 and 3 for cameras.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adbieber/
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http://www.micro-tools.com/ - tools, parts and etc.
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You can find almost any parts here:

http://www.mcmaster.com

Shims...especially for Brian.
And for protecting your eyeglass lens from Leica-M eyepiece

Try this. Cheap at $12.89/100. Share a pack.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#o-rings/=62m4fv

Part Number: 90025K378

Select: Quad, 0-ring, dia. 5/8" ID, any width (ring thickness, best at 1/8") and Buna-N (hard rubber) material. The ring profile fits the M eyepiece as if custom made.
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Not so much for camera repair but many many other projects:
http://www.diyphotography.net/
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A Home-made nikon F to S Adapter, right here on RFF.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...threadid=91022
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Old 06-07-2010   #17
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My favorite is photojojo, with loads of oddball projects:
http://content.photojojo.com/

Edit 2018: photojojo no longer exists..
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Old 06-11-2010   #18
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An excellent link for the Summitar. The LTM Summicron is very close, I have done one of those myself.
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cleaning a Dial set Compur shutter
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cleaning a Dial set Compur shutter

Page on opening and cleaning a dial set Compur shutter.

I acquired a Welta 9x12 plate camera for EUR 5.00
Had the lenses clean in no-time (all elements unscrew, cool!) but the shutter is stuck at 1/200th. I hope its only gummed up and will have a go at this procedure this evening.
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creating your own ground glass
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creating your own ground glass

A page on creating your own ground glass for view cameras, and possibly other types of cameras as well.

Takes little investing, but approx. 1 hour of grinding window glass to get the better results. Quick approach leaves you with good glass in 15 minutes.

Next action in restoring that 9x12 plate Welta I got, now that the shutter fires again
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Anyone know how to paint brass with a high gloss finish? and how to remove chrome from brass without damaging it?

Thanks
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Edit: I know about nitrocellulose lacquer, but I'm trying to stay away from that due to its volatility.
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DIY SLR and Rangefinder
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DIY SLR and Rangefinder

This guy designed, machined, and built his own 35 mm SLR inlcuding a Leica-type focal plane cloth shutter.
See http://www.collection-appareils.fr/p...hp?f=37&t=6946 (in French) and http://www.collection-appareils.fr/p...hp?f=37&t=8822 (for an English translation of the thread).

He has also made a 35 mm rangefinder camera, see http://www.collection-appareils.fr/p...hp?f=37&t=9185 (sorry, only in French so far). <br />
(Found on photo.net: http://photo.net/classic-cameras-forum/00X6FL).

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Anyone know how to paint brass with a high gloss finish? and how to remove chrome from brass without damaging it?

Thanks
Rob

Edit: I know about nitrocellulose lacquer, but I'm trying to stay away from that due to its volatility.
I would suspect you need to etch-prime the brass for the paint to stick. The same goes for aluminium. An etch primer eats its way into the brass, they are normally two pack.
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My pictorial for a DIY lens clean of a Canon 50/1.2 RF lens is here, in this article I describe how to hack the Perfex Wollensak 50/2.8 into a Leica LTM mount, and here you can read how to load 120 spool film into a 620 Kodak Medalist II.

All these articles are available as a PDF file, and on my web site (see signature)
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Johan- I would like to see the Perfex Mod, but get an error on the page.

"TCPDF error: Missing or incorrect image file: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/3226108106_8535c925c0_o.jpg"
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Awesome thread. I like yashica-guy too.

www.yashica-guy.com

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Johan- I would like to see the Perfex Mod, but get an error on the page.

"TCPDF error: Missing or incorrect image file: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/3226108106_8535c925c0_o.jpg"
Hi Brian,

the link to the web site page is here. Pictures load without any issue on it, so not sure why the other link produced an error...
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Johan- that link worked, now I want a Wollensak Hack.
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shutter curtain instruction from Aki Asahi
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shutter curtain instruction from Aki Asahi

How to replace your shutter curtains, the easy way. Does not include removal and re-fitting of the mechanism. Materials sold by AA on this page.
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Very interesting link, Buzzardkid!

I have a fairly oddball restoration project, and I'm looking for instruction links to restore a historic Praktiflex SLR (built in Dresden 1940) w/ a CZJ Tessar 5cm/f3.5 plus a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 10.5 cm/f4.5.

I need instructions on
  • camera body disassembly & general cleaning
  • Changing the VF (flip) mirror
  • VF alignment
  • changing shutter curtains
  • shutter speed adjustment
  • general disassembly, cleaning & realignment of the lenses
Also, any hints about camera technicians in Europe who specialize in vintage SLRs would be appreciated.
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this guy from france does some interesting projects: http://mmmphoto.com/
you can find them under "appareils (home made)"
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  • Changing the VF (flip) mirror
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Arjay, there are some suggestions for donor mirrors here, but not sure on how to proceed...
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Johan,

I downloaded a couple of your .pdf files, bu they seem to have a problem - the text blocks between the pictures (particularly in the Canon lens one) seem to have run into just one line - i.e. the text is superimposed on itself, so you can't read it.

What version did you compile for?
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Johan,

I downloaded a couple of your .pdf files, bu they seem to have a problem - the text blocks between the pictures (particularly in the Canon lens one) seem to have run into just one line - i.e. the text is superimposed on itself, so you can't read it.

What version did you compile for?
Dunno? I linked to the option of making an article available in PDF through Joomla, the CMS that I am using for my website. Not sure what software is used to compile that PDF. I'll have a look.

All the articles I linked to as PDF can also easily be found on my website as well, in the Photo Gear section. There's five articles listed in full, the older ones are linked to at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
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Restoring LF lenses
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Restoring LF lenses

Hi,

a small link and bit of info on vintage LF lenses: how to clean out those 'busted' lenses and re-align the elements. Here.

Also, how to calculate aperture sizes on old LF lenses, here.

And, how to deduce focal length for lenses that do not have their focal length on the barrel, here.
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Dunno? I linked to the option of making an article available in PDF through Joomla, the CMS that I am using for my website. Not sure what software is used to compile that PDF. I'll have a look.

All the articles I linked to as PDF can also easily be found on my website as well, in the Photo Gear section. There's five articles listed in full, the older ones are linked to at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Johan,

All the website pages work fine, thanks. I wonder if the pdf creator in Joomla is a printer driver type? It's not doing your work any favours. I would suggest creating them again on your PC using something like PDFCreator (freeware).

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Hi,

I'm working on a new pictorial on my website. It will be up tonight.

Meanwhile, here's a sneak preview picture. Clues: That is a Leica SCNOO trigger winder, but it ain't the standard silk ribbon they were fitted with in the factory...
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If I may be so brash as to nominate my own DIY blog:
http://on-your-kitchen-worktop.blogspot.com/
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A couple:

Jon Goodman's instructions for replacing seals (His products are invaluable too!!)
http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/sealreplacement.html

The whole Kyphoto reair section is good:
http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/repairmanuals.html

Their repair forum is also very useful with a number of very knowledgable people ready to help.

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