If you need to remove
the back Film Plane Casting to access the shutter curtains or to
repair the shutter curtain ribbons, here is the procedure. For the
novice this is the basic of the basics.
Pull out the Yak hair
twine used as a light seal. It probably will be in poor shape after
all these years.
Remove the four screws
as indicated by the Yellow Arrows. Make note that one or more of the
screws will be shorter depending on year model. This 1963 Kiev 4 has
one short screw indicated by the Yellow Circle. The one inset screw
at the bottom of the Film Advance Sprocket Spindle shown by the Blue
Here’s a close-up of
the screw at the bottom of the Film Advance Sprocket Spindle. A
slightly magnetized screwdriver will aid in taking this screw out
and in placing it back for reassembly. Removing this screw will
allow the Film Advance Sprocket Spindle to move with the Back
Pull down on Back
Casting indicated by Blue Arrow to clear along the top at the body
as indicated by the Red Arrows.
Lift off the casting
starting from the viewfinder side and lift clear away.
Depending on what you
wish to accomplish or maybe you are just sight seeing, here’s what
you will find underneath.
For reassembly just reverse
the steps. You may wish to update the Yak hair twine used as a light
seal at this time.
If you are like me, I
replace the light seals with more modern synthetic materials. This
urethane foam made by Rogers Corporation under the Poron product
name has an adhesive back and comes in many thicknesses, densities
and cell structures. The top-most one I find most appropriate for
replacing light seals.
More information on
Poron Urethane Foam can be found on Rogers Corporation web site.
June 24, 2007