Camerawerk

Film Camera Recovery and Reuse

Tucson, Arizona · 243 Sales

Camerawerk

Film Camera Recovery and Reuse

Tucson, Arizona 243 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(48)

Announcement   SHUTTER SPEED GUARANTEE - TESTED BY PHOTO DIODE
I report the actual shutter speeds achieved by my cameras within 1 millisecond.

No vintage shutter is perfect! Even with a full CLA, shutter spring wear over time can change shutter characteristics to the point where no adjustment will bring the full range of speeds back into perfect calibration. The cameras are still functional but compensating exposure can only be achieved if you know the new range of speeds!

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 1, 2016

SHUTTER SPEED GUARANTEE - TESTED BY PHOTO DIODE
I report the actual shutter speeds achieved by my cameras within 1 millisecond.

No vintage shutter is perfect! Even with a full CLA, shutter spring wear over time can change shutter characteristics to the point where no adjustment will bring the full range of speeds back into perfect calibration. The cameras are still functional but compensating exposure can only be achieved if you know the new range of speeds!

Alex Mayer

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Alex Mayer

Pentax Spotmatic
Pentax Spotmatic
$85.00
Graflex Optar f/4.7 135mm Lens
Graflex Optar f/4.7 135mm Lens
$100.00
Assorted Rubber Lens Hoods
Assorted Rubber Lens Hoods
$1.00
Gossen Super Pilot Light Meter
Gossen Super Pilot Light Meter
$25.00
Nikon Micro-Nikkor-P.C. Auto f/3.5 55mm Lens
Nikon Micro-Nikkor-P.C. Auto f/3.5 55mm Lens
$75.00
Nikon Nikkormat EL
Nikon Nikkormat EL
$75.00
Nikon F
Nikon F
$175.00
Schneider Xenar f/4.5 105mm Lens
Schneider Xenar f/4.5 105mm Lens
$20.00
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f/4.5 105mm Lens
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f/4.5 105mm Lens
$20.00
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f/4.5 135mm Lens
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f/4.5 135mm Lens
$30.00
B&L Rapid Rectilinear f/8 210mm Lens
B&L Rapid Rectilinear f/8 210mm Lens
$50.00
No.31 Kodak Anastigmat f/4.5 5 1/2" Lens
No.31 Kodak Anastigmat f/4.5 5 1/2" Lens
$30.00
Fujinon-ES f/4.5 105mm Enlarger Lens
Fujinon-ES f/4.5 105mm Enlarger Lens
$5.00
f/2.8 40mm Enlarger Lens
f/2.8 40mm Enlarger Lens
$5.00
Vivo Sunset Compact Travel Tripod
Vivo Sunset Compact Travel Tripod
$40.00
Sunpak CA220-S Flash
Sunpak CA220-S Flash
$5.00
Assorted Cable Releases
Assorted Cable Releases
$2.00

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5 out of 5 stars
(48)
Ricky Rivas

Ricky Rivas on Jul 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
ken chancey

ken chancey on Jul 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great communication and customer support from this seller. Would definitely buy again.

joshuaghdobrik

joshuaghdobrik on May 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Camerawerk is a FANTASTIC shop, the condition of the camera I received was thoroughly detailed and inspected. The piece is in mint condition and the service I received when asking for the item to be shipped speedily was fabulous. I shall be buying more.

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About

Why use film?

Well, the tools are pretty cool. The machines that carry this medium were crafted with care and precision, which amounts to a much nicer clack when you push the shutter. Is it a totally practical attachment? Maybe not, but shooting film isn't about practicality. This is about a different experience, a different product and process, maybe a little nostalgia. If there's anything that can help fulfill those needs, it's the smooth action of machined brass gears and ball bearing roller ratchets. I spend my weekends trying to save these precision machines from the depths of closet misuse. I’ve acquired some service skills to this end including leaf shutter overhauls, lens cleaning, leatherette replacement, light seal replacement and other odds and ends.

35mm, 120, and 4x5 film are all still manufactured by the usual suspects (Kodak, Ilford, Fuji) with new players joining the game every now and then to resurrect old formats like instant film and 110 (Impossible, Lomography). There’s also a huge online community to mine for support and advice (you’re on a little slice of it now).

So go out, get a camera, and make some photos!

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  • Alex Mayer

    Owner, Curator, Photographer

    I make photos as well as source, clean and repair all the film photography gear I sell.

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Last updated on Jul 27, 2017
Frequently asked questions

How do I test manual camera shutters?

Cameras with manual control over shutter speed settings have their shutters tested by photo diode. A photo diode creates an electronic signal change that corresponds to a change in the intensity of light it is exposed to. Measuring the elapsed time between these signal changes with the photo diode placed at the film plane during test exposures gives accurate shutter speeds down to the millisecond. These speeds can then be compared to the speeds marked on the dial to determine how to compensate exposure.

How do I test automatic camera shutters?

Cameras with shutter speed settings governed by internal meters are fired under different lighting conditions to audibly test for different shutter speeds. Audibly testing shutters catches any major anomalies in shutter operation, such as slow fast speeds or slower slow speeds. It does not guarantee accuracy or consistency of exposure like photo diode testing can.

What is the difference between testing and film testing?

Film testing means that film has been run through the camera (in most cases the camera has been one of my daily shooters) and samples can be provided to attest to the consistency of shutter curtain speed and light tightness.

How do I test Polaroid cameras?

I load used film packs with film frames that I have already exposed. Because the frames have already been exposed accuracy of the meter and shutter can not be guaranteed. Instead the shutter is audibly tested for different speeds. This test does allow me to check that the motors that drive the film development operate correctly and eject frames. It also allows me to check if built in flashes are operating correctly.

How do I test light meters?

Stand alone meters and meters built into camera bodies are tested against my DSLR's light meter.

How are the light seals?

Most light seals have begun to degrade at this point. I visually inspect the seals, but without film testing no guarantee can be made to the light tightness of the camera body.

I can replace light seals in most camera bodies, but this will delay shipment for 5-7 business days and incur an additional $25 charge. However, light seal replacement is a fairly easy DIY job. You can find most materials at a local craft store or I can direct you to a well-respected seller who sells kits custom made for each camera model.

What other camera systems do you test?

Flash Syncs
Film Advance
Self Timer Escapements
Film Counters
Auto Aperture Return in Lenses

If there is a test not listed in these FAQ's that you would like done, let me know and I will accommodate as best I can with the tools at my disposal.

Can I add insurance?

I insure all items against loss or damage. This protects both you and I from the loss of a one-of-a-kind piece of vintage equipment. Contact me with pictures of the item if you believe any piece of an order has been damaged in transit. I will initiate the claims process to refund the order.

What does shutter disassembly and cleaning entail?

No 70% isopropyl alcohol and powdered graphite cocktail horror stories here. Bathing shutter assemblies in solvents typically just moves the grease and oil already in the shutter around, not solving the problem and potentially dissolving plastic parts within the shutter. To ensure a proper cleaning I disassemble shutters down to the aperture assemblies, individually degreasing each part with Ronsonol to ensure no residue is left behind on evaporation and no water is left behind to rust parts. After allowing the Ronsonol to evaporate, I reassemble, only relubing what's necessary. High friction engagements and dial set rings get white lithium grease and more delicate escapements and bearings get a drop of full synthetic 0W-20 oil.