If you are reading this, you might have a magazine with some problems. This piece is written to help you. I found there to be very little documentation on the repair of these, but I think these these magazines, despite their complexity, are quite repairable by a slightly handy person. This is not written by a professional repair person, but by an amateur university students with some experience doing repair on these, as well as on other camera equipment.
Repairs & Cleaning
I am a fan of quirky old soviet cameras. I have had, loved, and broken a few Zorki 4 cameras over the years, and I love their lenses. I own Jupiter 8, 9 and 12 lenses (50mm f2, 85mm f2, and 35mm f2.8). I use the 35mm for more than 80% of what I shoot, but the Zorki viewfinder only really covers 50mm. I am not down with a separate rangefinder and viewfinder window, it kind of defeats the purpose for me. My friend (and former Soviet himself) Denis recommended a Canon P, which is infinitely more modern, and has 35mm frame lines and is still pretty cheap on ebay. I think I bought mine for only two or three times the price of my Zorki, something like $125 with shipping from Japan.
A fairly common issue on online forums with the Fed rangefinders seems to be rangefinder accuracy. When I first bought my Fed4, the rangefinder patch did not align accurately either at infinity or at closer distances.
Luckily the rangefinder is fairly easy to adjust – although I could only find guidance for other models, so I thought I’d briefly outline the steps I used to adjust the rangefinder on my Fed4.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a chap called Matt who suggested it might be nice to create a list of reputable camera repairers. Specifically film camera repairers.
Rather than me try and find all these specialists myself, I thought I’d ask you folks to help me make a list – if you have positive experience of a camera repair or modification company, please comment on the post here