Hi all -
The new project camera, a circa-1950 Konica I type 1(F) rangefinder, came in Wednesday. Needed a good shutter cleaning and some fettling to get it back running consistently. Have had some hiccups with things being slightly
bent out of alignment, but enough that it impacts operation. Think it's worked out, mostly, now. At least it seems lined out for the time being. Glass was perfect, though - an f/3.5 Hexar, Tessar-design. The film advance is basic, but the frame counter was DOA. Took some experimentation but it's happy now. I have a roll of film to throw in it, but I'm thinking I might put a ground glass against the rails and check the rangefinder before I do. Only other thing, barring any setbacks, is removing the damaged leatherette from the back and replacing it with the good one I have on a donor body. Need to figure out how to do that - I've never been successful removing leatherette in one piece. Tried a hair dryer to loosen the glue, to no avail. Anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Anyway,here is the beast in its current glory (minus pictures of the back leatherette):Konica I Rangefinder
, on FlickrKonica I Rangefinder
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Even have the press-on hood I used on one of these years ago:Konica I Rangefinder
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Some experimentation coming. If everything pans out, I may troll for a case for it (the 'I' didn't have strap lugs) or I'll get a wrist strap and attach it to the tripod mount. I've wanted a 35mm rangefinder for some time; this may do the trick. Even if it doesn't, I've had a lot of fun working on a camera again.
Thanks for looking.