Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Maintenance of old film SLR

  1. #1

    Default Maintenance of old film SLR

    Hi all,
    I've been contemplating whether to take my dad's very old SLR, which has been left around for years without any care or any usage.

    I would like to know is there any part's in the camera that needs to be serviced before i can start using it. I've tried cleaning the mirror inside with some cleaning agent like alcohol, and the mirror is still not "mirror-like", will this affect the photo-taking as theoretically mirror does not interfere with the actual picture capturing.

  2. #2

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    Well, you have to consider some points:
    1. Are you going to shoot film alot?
    2. What model and hence whether is it really worth repairing.
    3. Any sentimental value that might make it see through repairs.

    I have a whole box full of old film cameras. Of which I see only the Nikon F and Nikon F3 as worth repairing, but since I dont use film, I just keep it in the dry cab. I only sent the great lenses for cleaning and restoration.
    5D MII w/16-35L,Sigma 28-70&Nikkors(35f2,85f1.4,105f2.5,180f2.8ED)

  3. #3
    Senior Member Galdor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Planet Gaia
    Posts
    9,544

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    Quote Originally Posted by SLee View Post
    Hi all,
    I've been contemplating whether to take my dad's very old SLR, which has been left around for years without any care or any usage.

    I would like to know is there any part's in the camera that needs to be serviced before i can start using it. I've tried cleaning the mirror inside with some cleaning agent like alcohol, and the mirror is still not "mirror-like", will this affect the photo-taking as theoretically mirror does not interfere with the actual picture capturing.
    Maybe, you would like to share with us on the make & model of the camera and the lenses that you have for this cam?
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

  4. #4
    Moderator catchlights's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Punggol, Singapore
    Posts
    21,902

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    Quote Originally Posted by SLee View Post
    Hi all,
    I've been contemplating whether to take my dad's very old SLR, which has been left around for years without any care or any usage.

    I would like to know is there any part's in the camera that needs to be serviced before i can start using it. I've tried cleaning the mirror inside with some cleaning agent like alcohol, and the mirror is still not "mirror-like", will this affect the photo-taking as theoretically mirror does not interfere with the actual picture capturing.
    do not clean the mirror yourself, you may wipe off the silver or scratch it. or move the position of the mirror, causing mis focus.

    state the make and model, if it is a low end model, just keep it as paper weight. not worth to spend money on it.
    Shoot to Live, Live to Shoot
    www.benjaminloo.com | iStock portfolio

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    PunggolJetty.Com
    Posts
    867

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    Please do NOT use any cleaning fluids like alcohol inside your film camera. I did it once about 6 year ago and this is what happened:
    - The mirror got foggy (blur)
    - The view finder started to have "condensation".
    - The sponge around the mirror started "melting".
    - Had to send it back to Canon for full replacement & cleaning of the shutter and mirror mech.

    Save yourself the grief and send it in if you really want to keep it.

  6. #6
    Moderator ortega's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    23,686
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    better and cheaper to buy a newer 2nd hand film camera

  7. #7

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    i could have sworn when i took my f5 out and fire a few shots...it sounded so much different as compared to when it's new.

    paper weight?
    man....its an expensive one.

  8. #8

    Default Re: Maintenance of old film SLR

    Thank for all the advice, i guess it is not worth to send fr maintenance as that is an entry level canon eos300 if I'm not wrong with just the kit lens.

    However, is it a good idea to use this camera as a learning ground and invest in some newer lenses? As of now, I more or less like Nikon line-up more than Canon's, is it possible I get some low end Nikon lens and connect through an adapter to mount on the body to shoot? Wait for some maturity in shooting skill, then only get a new DSLR.
    Last edited by SLee; 23rd October 2007 at 07:06 PM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •