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simon_lorey

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Film Camera Problems
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:08:23 »
Hi everybody Recently, my film camera began to not load the shutter properly resulting that the image is all black. It only happens when im at the last 10-15 pictures. Hope someone can help me.

Have a nice day!

Simon

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 09:25:04 »
can you be more specific?  :o :o :o

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 20:59:36 »
can you be more specific?  :o :o :o

When i cock the shutter, The aperture blades doesn't open up every time, resulting a black picture.

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 01:27:46 »
Which camera?

Are you sure the problem is with the last 10-15 frames?

The problem could be due to high shutter speeds. At high shutter speed the gap between the leading and trailing curtain gets increasingly narrow. If the shutter is not well calibrated, the gap could reduce to zero instead, so you get no exposure.

When the camera is empty of film, open the film back and run through the complete range of shutter speeds. Hold the camera up to a light and shoot at the fastest shutter speed. You should see a quick flash of light through the shutter to indicate an "exposure" was made. Repeat with slower shutter speed, you should see the flash through the shutter become brighter and longer.

If the shutter curtains aren't resetting at all when you cock the shutter, the problem is more serious... see how you go.

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2018, 07:56:55 »
Please send it in for repair  ;)  this is not an easy DIY fix, sorry.
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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 12:47:19 »
It's a Voigtländer Bessamatic - who repairs such cameras in Copenhagen?

Ps. I know because I told Simon to ask all the gurus in here ;)
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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2018, 12:56:40 »
In situations such as this, time and grief are saved by getting a replacement camera.

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2018, 15:26:20 »
try Kenneth Ølsen :o :o :o

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2018, 15:27:35 »
Which camera?

Are you sure the problem is with the last 10-15 frames?

The problem could be due to high shutter speeds. At high shutter speed the gap between the leading and trailing curtain gets increasingly narrow. If the shutter is not well calibrated, the gap could reduce to zero instead, so you get no exposure.

When the camera is empty of film, open the film back and run through the complete range of shutter speeds. Hold the camera up to a light and shoot at the fastest shutter speed. You should see a quick flash of light through the shutter to indicate an "exposure" was made. Repeat with slower shutter speed, you should see the flash through the shutter become brighter and longer.

If the shutter curtains aren't resetting at all when you cock the shutter, the problem is more serious... see how you go.


I'll try that. I'm just not gonna replace it or something, because i got it as a gift from my granddad. I just want it to be fully functioning again.

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2018, 15:28:20 »
try Kenneth Ølsen :o :o :o

Is he doing repairs?

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Re: Film Camera Problems
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2018, 16:18:40 »
The sequence of operations for the camera to take an exposure seems rather complex.
http://thecameracollection.blogspot.com/2010/10/voigtlander-bessamatic.html

It will likely need cleaning and adjusting at a minimum. That could be more than the value of a working camera. But sentimental value must account for something.