Film Camera Maintenance
June 21, 2014 10:33 AM Subscribe
I start a darkroom class next week, and want to get my cameras up to snuff before then. They haven't been used in decades, and have been sitting in a pile in a bag on a dusty shelf in the meantime. The models are: two Minolta SRT101s (likely from the 1970s), one Mamiya MSX1000 (also likely from the 1970s), and one Franke & Heidecke Braunshweig Compur-Rapid Heidoscop-Anastigmat 1:2.8 (likely from the 1950s, though not sure).
posted by rue72 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I would prefer to be able to clean them, do any maintenance or repairs, purchase any replacement parts or accessories necessary, and get them into reasonable working order before experimenting much with taking pictures with them (for scheduling reasons and to minimize frustration).
What does checking, cleaning, repairing, maintaining, equipping, and using these cameras involve? Can you give me any background on these cameras (in terms of their reputation, uses, etc)? As you can probably tell from my questions and descriptions, I'm a photography novice! I do, however, want to do as much of this work myself as possible.