Picked up this Konica EE Matic S at a reasonable price. The EE works fine along with it's shutter & the body +case is half decent. The lens is sticky & the RF is way way off. Any help with a way to reline the RF as I could probably man handle the focusing. I'd like to put a film through it because I've heard good things about this beauty.
I think the "S" stands for silver because it has a silver lens instead of black like most. Or I could be totally wrong. Your expertise will be greatly appreciated.
Looks exactly like my Konica EEmatic, except the silver lens. So "S" seems to stand for "silver".
The rangefinder on my camera is still working excellent, so I haven't been in the need for adjusting it yet ... but the first thing, I would do is ... removing the top cover. Haven't tried it yet, but I would guess, that the advance lever needs to be removed for that. When you will have removed it, please post some pictures of the "inner things" again. There are mostly two scews inside ... one for the horizontal and one for the vertical adjustment. If you go for it, do it very slowly and carefully.
In general, you put the camera on a tripod, focus the lens to infinity and move the two screws until the pictures in the rangefinder will match again. Also check, if some mirrors are loose. Rangefinder adjustments on old camera can be a very difficile thing. Take you time with it.
BTW, how is the selenium meter ? Still working ? In low light, the shutter should be blocked and a red dot will appear in the viewer window. Do a simple test. At ASA 100, the shutter should move at daylight, but it should block inside a room at low light.
I have the Konica EEmatic S. It looks the same except there is no badge that says New Loading System. There is a little green ball at the bottom of the viewfinder that turns red when there is not enough light in which case the shutter will not fire as berndt said. Other than Auto the only other setting is Flash when a flashbulb (or skull?) will replace the ball. I do not have a manual so have not explored it further. Beware the sharp corners on the accessory shoe. The rewind knob as well as the advance lever will need to be removed to get the top off. Other than focus it is basically a point and shoot camera.
Good looking little camera. This may give you an idea on how to do RF adjustments www.flickr.com/photos/reprolurch/5267371894/ . If you decide to clean the RF system be very careful around the beam splitter mirror which is half silvered and delicate. You can remove the coating and then you will need to replace the mirror. If you need to re-glue any of the components do not use crazy glue, it off gasses and will remove the coating on the beam splitter mirror. Trust me, I have done both no nos. Never said I was bright. Once you have it adjusted for infinity check the close focus before you put it back together. You might have to play a little with it to get it to work near and far. There are other more complicated ways of doing RF adjusting but hopefully you won't have to go there. Have fun and go slow.
If you need to re-glue any of the components do not use crazy glue, it off gasses and will remove the coating on the beam splitter mirror.
... and no glue, which is hardening in a second or so. I killed one Canonet with that The mirror has been loose and I wanted to glue it again. I couldn't fix it in the perfect position directly, the glue became hard immediately, the mirror couldn't be moved anymore ... and that has been the end
The list of possible mistakes while repairing a rangefinder seems to be endless ... so don't be too sad, if it doesn't work the first time. I also have been stupid enough to crash one mirror, because the adjustment screw was so close to it. I tilt it just a little bit while looking through the rangefinder for adjusting it ... and crack On another camera, the screws have been already so rotten, that it literary dissolved into pieces.
Besides that, the Konica EEmatic is one of my favorite cameras. If rangefinder and light meter are working, it's a very usable camera, capable of taking excellent pictures. I mostly use it as a "walk around camera" when being too lazy for manual settings. The "electric eye" automatic works surprisingly well and it's a camera, which is fun to use. Here a few pictures, I took with mine: www.lomography.com/homes/berndtotto/albums/1830213-konica-ee-matic
Thanks guy's for your input. The selenium meter or EE (electronic eye system) is working just as its meant to work as far as I can tell. But only a roll of film will be the proof . My biggest concern is the sticky focusing of the lens. (hard to move) And a more than obvious out of range RF'er I maybe able to readjust the RF via the little screw cover below the viewfinder window. The main concern I have is getting it to read 1 meter or 7 meters. As for the sticky hard to move focusing, I'd just manhandle it. Because the camera is in reasonable nick. I think its time to get a pro to unstick the lens & adjust the RF. That will save me damaging it. I don't wish to remove the top to clean the RF. It appears clean & bright to me. I'm going to hunt down a shop in Adelaide that may have a camera technician capable of the work. The camera was a good price, so a few dollars more may make it awesome. But as they say. The proof is in the pudding. So I gotta put film through this little beauty. Thanks once again for the input, & will keep you all informed.With luck, some images too.
Last Edit: May 25, 2012 18:44:57 GMT -5 by 33dollars
As usual I always look for an easy way out. Why don't you try my magic potion? Put a few drops of lighter fluid between the fixed ring that is attached to the camera body and the rotating part of the lens which fits into that ring. Then. holding the camera on its back, try working the lens back and forth repeatedly. You may find that miracles still happen.