|Once the top plate and all
knobs are removed, we can see the viewfinder and metering system.
Underneath this assembly is the where these cameras usually jam up
through old and dirty lube..
This particular camera was jamming up intermittently. I've had
several of these go through my workshop and generally the cost involved
in cleaning them out and setting them up again is prohibitive. Now
and then, of course, someone has a sentimental attachment to a camera
and wants it going no matter the cost.
|The Zeiss Ikon Contina suffers like many
Zeiss cameras from an unfortunate mix of good and bad materials and
variable workmanship. When it works, it will give excellent
results, besting just about any consumer 35mm compact of today.
Further info on this model can be viewed
|To the left
and above we can see what turned out to be the real cause of this camera
jamming. The white plastic disk is normally glued underneath the
meter coil to keep dust and dirt out of the mechanism. In this
case it had long ago come away and was occasionally getting stuck in the
gearing where I found it..
screws plus another one out of sight here will release the entire
assembly in one go.
To the right we can see some of the winding gears protruding out from
underneath the meter.
On the right below I've removed the meter and viewfinder and a stack of
shims (red arrow) is now visible. Also note the sliding shutter
tensioning mechanism (blue arrow) that needs a clean up.
reassembly, it is important to ensure this lever (red arrow) finds
itself resting against the cam (blue arrow) and not underneath it. The
brass plate, which can be removed from the dial for easier assembly, has
adjustments (tweaks) for taking up slack (green arrows).
Finally, the wind lever on these cameras must be reassembled against
tension - the shutter itself is not tensioned however. I advise
setting it up roughly with the lever off, then hold the brass barrel in place with a
screwdriver in one of the screw holes. Then, after fitting the lever by
swapping the screwdriver with another one that has been poked through
the slots here, I insert just one or two screws until I've decided on
proper positioning. That point is reached when the shutter
tensions, the film winds and the frame counter moves on a step all at
the same point in the lever's stroke. This can take a few goes to