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tonyturley

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Eric's post brought back memories of my own PenCam SD, a 1.3Mp wonder that was modified with a switch that allowed it to be plugged into an R/C receiver and triggered remotely. Back then I thought the images were so cool. In the example, I got a selfie from an altitude of around 300 feet.

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tonyturley

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My colleague at work, a big Fuji fan as well as a buyer of Olympus film cameras and manual glass, well he's forgotten all about that and only has love for this, which he purchased on a trip to Japan just before covid. As an every day take to work camera, I have my GR III and he has this. I think he's enjoying himself more.

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Wow, I just checked on eBay, and the cheapest one can get a mint version of one of those little cameras is $850 USD, with some asking prices much higher than that.
 

tonyturley

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I keep thinking of getting another one of those, but I'm not good at working on cameras. I had a Pen F Gothic that I had a lot of fun running film through a few years ago, until the shutter died. I ended up selling it for parts, and never got another.
 

phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
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Aotearoa
This one had a stuck shutter as well when I got it. I recall I had to put it through the ultrasonic cleaner a few times before it fired reliably again on the slow speeds.
They're fun, but it take ages to fill up a roll ;)
Oh, I'd be interested in hearing about the fix for this. Don't suppose you took any pics of the disassembly/reassembly?

I have a Pen F that has a stuck shutter - just froze on testing the wind/shutter-button. I took the top plate off and looked only but got freaked out by the clock-work nature of the innards - it seems really really complicated inside these. I was hoping a bit of gentle prodding would reset it but I suspect its something in the guts of the mechanism that is stuck (or maybe a rod/spring is just broken).
 

Mr_Flibble

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The Lowlands
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I'm afraid I only have some recent photos of the cleaning of the reflex housing here
(Don't forget the PEN-F has a double-stroke film advance. Crank twice to free the shutter button )


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Restored Dallmeyer Reflex (rebadged Thornton Pickard Ruby Reflex from around 1930). New shutter curtains, new First Surface Mirror, new focusing ground glass.
 

phigmov

Probably Not Walter Kernow
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Aotearoa
I'm afraid I only have some recent photos of the cleaning of the reflex housing here
(Don't forget the PEN-F has a double-stroke film advance. Crank twice to free the shutter button )
Cheers - you got much further into it than I did. Wow.
Yes, the wind lever is stuck solid - not sure if that is the symptom or the cause of not being able to push the shutter button. Will need to bite the bullet and dig into it deeper I guess.
 

Mr_Flibble

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This is not really the topic to deal with it, but if you take the bottom off, there's a bar running down the middle that links the mirror mechanism and the shutter timing gears. It might help nudging that thing a bit,
or dropping a very small drop of lighter fluid in there, don't let it get into the prism or it'll dissolve the foam dust seals and mirror bumper! Don't ask me how I know ;) )
 

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