|To the left is the main
hinge spring before cleaning the area up with brushes and some detergent
solution. Below we can the area as cleaned and to the left of that
is how I am applying a couple of tiny drops of a very fine graphite/oil
The existing corrosion pathways caused
by fungal growth under the paint work are left as is and will not get
worse so long as the camera is stored properly.
Note also that I am not in the habit of touching up cameras with paint
sticks unless it is for a real purpose such as avoiding light scatter.
|The Voigtländer Bessa 1 article continues
here with reassembly and an example of how I normally re-attach a small
piece of leatherette material.
Here I'm checking the
shutter for fit before cleaning out the body and film chamber with a
stiff brush. The shutter has a locating pin on the rear and once in
place the camera can be closed and the threaded ring replaced on the
|Often one can find screws,
knobs or other missing camera parts floating around inside the camera
bag as in the case of this little leatherette ring.e the camera
bag as in the case of this little leatherette ring.
I may as well describe how I usually go about gluing this
sort of thing back in place.
Step one was removal of the crusty old cement, first
using a blunt blade and then with a suitable solvent on a cotton bud.
|The appropriate glue to use
here is a weak household contact cement. After cleaning up the
rough edges, I squeeze a blob of cement onto a piece of paper. I
then fold the paper over onto itself in order to spread the glue out
evenly and thinly. I simply use my fingers to control the spread
depending on what I'm gluing and where it's going.
|Put it all back in place and
it'll look as best it can and hold for a few decades more.
There we go, just a basic clean-up job, but enough to keep the owner
happy for a while longer.
What do I think of this camera?
Perfectly decent. These come with a variety of lenses and if you have at
least a 3 element Tessar-type (but not a Tessar of course) on one then you can expect some excellent
results when sufficiently stopped down.. say to f 11-16.
The Bessa II also came with the highly sought after Apo-Lanthar to
complement it's rangefinder focus system. That combination easily rivals
the Zeiss Super Ikonta cameras in function, but overtakes them all in
to the first page of this article.