So, one of my buddies tosses me
his old 35RC that he got in college and wonders if I can clean it up
to former beauty. He says it's not working so good anymore. Having
heard so much high regard for this little wonderful camera I felt compelled to
have a go at it.
This 35RC was really in nice shape to start
with, a shame to take it all apart. I'm going to keep the text to a
minimum and let the images tell the tale. Ready?
OK, are you still with me? That's a soldering iron disconnecting
the wire. You should now have the top off.
Let's have another look at all the do-jiggers in there. Pretty!
Ready for more?
Ready to take a break? No? OK. let's keep going!
The last two images are just showing the actuation of the aperture.
The position of the pin determines the aperture opening. Pretty
Big picture to show the details of the shutter removed. Feel like going
Seems we've run out of parts to take off... what's left?
How about some fresh paint?
Re-assembly and Cleaning
Re-assembly is simply a reversal of the receding 150 images. OK, I'm
feeling lazy and will fill out some better text behind this as I go.
Until then just let the images be your guide and check back here
from time to time.
More than likely all of the foam in your RC will have been reduced
to a gooey mess over time. This will have to be replaced, especially
the foam around the back door. Closed-cell foam kits can be acquired
from Jon Goodman and further information regarding this at the
See this old gunk that used to be foam? You'll have to replace this
during the re-assembly. Use a strip of some of the seal kit from
above like to
Jon Goodman's site.
I tested the shutter speeds using this not-to fancy of an apparatus.
It essential is the photodetector circuit I've used for Kiev
document for a description.
How about adding some new 'real' leather to replace that old
imitation plastic covering that has probably shrunk a little over
Ah, a real beauty.
July 20, 2008