May 10, 2012 § 12 Comments
I woke up this morning, and for some reason or another, started looking for estate sales on craigslist in the hopes of seeing something interesting for sale. I stumbled upon one in particular that had a vague description about a camera collection just on the other side of town. I scrolled through some of the photos they had posted and noticed what looked to be a SX-70 case beside some junky 35mm cameras. Oh ya. That’s the winner. I had about an hour to get there so I grabbed an empty film pack to test it and ran out the door.
Hit a good amount of traffic on the way but managed to get there with about 10 minutes to spare. As I approached the house, I noticed a good amount of people outside .. probably 40+. Everyone was waiting in a line and a few were gathered underneath a tree in the yard. Hmmmm … haha. I had to do something to get inside and get to that camera first. After a little while, I saw a few people looking through the front windows. I moseyed my way up to the porch fake-texting on my phone and reached the front of the house. Typically, I would not condone this type of behavior BUT in this circumstance .. I figured it was probably OK. I peeked in the window and saw a pristine Polaroid case sitting on a table along with a few other cameras. The door opened up and I heard “OK – We are going to take the first 30 people …” Well .. I did come all this way for the camera. I snuck inside and went directly to it, pulled it out of the case just a little bit (pristine condition), noticed the sticker price ($70) and I went to the front to pay. “You sure were on a mission weren’t you??” The lady said .. haha. On my way out the door I hear a few people asking where the cameras were .. sorry guys.
Once I got to the car, I put an empty pack of film in the camera and knocked off a few exposures. It sounded great! Happy with the new acquisition I cruised back home.
Once I got there, I started fiddling with it again and then noticed, the whirring noise it was making when doing its ejecting business, was sounding a little strained. I pulled the pack out and put it back in and the whirring started … but then the motor kept running. The mechanism that spits out the dark slide & photos was not working .. haha. NooooooOOOOoOo! I just got this thing … I took the pack out and searched online for a fix.
I found a couple so I pulled out the tools. Now I thought about writing this blog post AFTER I had already taken off the back cover so you’ll just have to imagine what that looked like 😉 I just pulled off the leather from the corner using a little screwdriver to first start removing it and then I peeled back the foil cover that was glued to the back. The steps are:
Phew! That was close! Now if you’re wondering, there are SX-70 leather replacement kits online. They are about $20. Anyhow, I put in a pack of Impossible Project PX-70 old gen stuff and took a quick test shot …
It looks to be working fine! Can’t wait to shoot the rest of this pack over the next day or so ..
May 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
.. that Nikon is going to pull the plug on selling parts to independent camera repair shops & consumers come July 13, 2012?
If independent repair shops don’t cough up ~ $168,000 for tools, Nikon will not sell parts to them any longer. A very good friend of mine owns Archinal Camera Repair in Richardson, TX. He’s been in the camera repair business as long as he’s been able to work. He inherited the business from his father and has worked in this industry his whole life. We’ve been talking about this Nikon decision for some months since it was announced. He told me that 80-90% of the repairs that come in for Nikons can be handled in the store. They do not need to be shipped out in order to be repaired. Come July, if anything goes wrong with your Nikon camera, you will have to ship it off to one of 23 authorized repair facilities in the US.
I completely understand that Nikon is having a hard time financially due to the tsunami in Japan and the flooded plant in Thailand. It seems the move to stop the sales of parts to the public is strictly to direct profits back to them. The direct impact this is going to have on hundreds if not thousands of repair shops nationwide is huge. They will be pushing an older generation out of the business because of the restriction of parts sales. For my friend, that means a substantial amount of his business will be gone come July 14th.
There is a petition online at change.org that has collected about 6,000 signatures. If you have the time, please click on the link and check it out. Thanks!