|The shutter release itself was not
operative due to quite a bit of corrosion inside the camera.
The arrow points to a rod that had siezed.
|The Italian Rectaflex was one of the first
35mm single lens reflex cameras available on the open market. I
can only think of the Kine Exacta and possibly one of the Alpas as being
either earlier or contemporary. I'd have to get off my butt and
look it up, however I'm sure someone will fill me in on the details.
I enjoyed working on this camera very much. Like many early 35mm
cameras, it had its own unique solutions to common design issues.
Satoshi: Apart from the usual focus, fungus, lube and
adjustment issues, this camera had one major problem. It had no
operating shutter. The - at least once already replaced - shutter
curtains had come off their rollers and required rebuilding. I did
this camera some months before writing this, but I do recall it came
up rather well. The only bad bits I remember were one or two
broken or screws, one of which had been drilled out previously.
|I was very impressed with the
first true jeweled escapement (left) I'd ever seen in a camera.
(Or did I see one in an Alpa 6?)
Below, the modern modular construction is obvious with the mirror/prism
box removed. In the background, the machined film guides are
|Here we can see the straps entangled
around the take up rollers. This was something of a mess.
|This is of course the broken
shutter. Here I've already unjammed and unraveled the blinds and
straps ready for reassembly
|And in these last two pics we
have the shutter rebuilt and running very nicely again. I was able
to get a decent set of speeds out of this shutter with some tweaking.