Post by Stuart Walker on Aug 24, 2009 12:14:11 GMT -5
My recently acquired Flexaret 7 sometimes locks the wind on knob after firing the shutter. If you jab the shutter button a few times then it will eventually unlock. I guess it's some sort of timing issue with the interlocks. Anyone have any advice as to what to look for? Presumably the left hand side of the camera has to be removed to access the mechanism? Does the wind on knob or anything have to be removed?
Post by Stuart Walker on Aug 26, 2009 4:33:19 GMT -5
Yes, I've tried wiggling the rewind knob, it doesn't seem to have any effect. When you presss the shutter release you can hear something reset, sometimes it sounds sluggish. I'm guessing it doesn't quite go all the way to release the rewind knob. I've run a film through and I only got 11 exposures although the counter went from 1 to 12. The frame spacing was a little irregular. I initially tried it out with just the old paper backing, and I thought that maybe the extra thickness of the film might make a difference, but it didn't seem to. It seems connected to the frame spacing because the problem will either occur with the first few frames and then it will go alright or conversely strat off alright but then will occur with the last few frames. I think I will probably need to clean and lubricate the transport mechanism. Anybody taken one of these apart before?
Post by Stuart Walker on Aug 28, 2009 4:22:25 GMT -5
Well it was an adjustment needed. There is a round push rod that pushes the latch for the wind knob and this barely pushed it far enough for its latch to operate when you pushed the shutter button. The rod had wound wire stops, like tightly coiled springs around the rod and you could adjust it by moving these on the rod. After that I had to bend the shutter lever a little because that latch tripped before the knob interlock, but it seems to work reliably now.