|Beginning with the 55mm
lens, we go in through the front by removing the flange ring as usual.
A dented filter ring can make a lens like this very difficult to
The 55mm wide-angle here had a sticky slow speed escapement and the
usual fungus and grubbiness.
|The Japanese Kowa Six medium format SLR
was a mid-range system camera with all the capabilities of its
competitors short of having interchangeable film-backs. There was
a wide range of decent lenses all the way out to a 19mm fish-eye!!
Masses of info on this camera is available on Robert
Monaghan's medium format pages
here. - This page seems to have vanished - I hope it's not gone
for good. If anyone knows where it is, please let me know. In the
is another page with some info on this model.
|Front lens assembly comes
out nicely and the rear unit comes out the back.
On the rear we can see a shutter tensioning system much like that used
on the Mamiya RB and bronica ETR cameras among others.
certain parts, it is smart to look for marks left by a previous
repairman. Use these when reassembling rather than making new
Below is the ball bearing that makes the aperture ring click. It
mustn't be lost!
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|At this point
there was just enough room for a minor flush and lube so I tried it and
the shutter returned an excellent set of speeds straight off so I left
it with that and began reassembly.
From here on it was just a matter of cleaning both glass and metal