Got this #konica C35 from the MIT flea... unfortunately the film advance wasn’t working properly, fortunately it was just a matter of reattaching a very small spring to fix it right up!
You can not imagine how happy I am right now. ❤
This lovely Zenza Bronica S2a in the background was my first own medium format camera.
Pretty soon I noticed there was something wrong with the focus.🤔
First I was like 'Ok, maybe it's me. I need to focus better...'. I took my time, checked focus 30000 times before firing the shutter. Nothing changed. 🤨
So I did some research: Bronicas have some really old foam that holds the focusing screen and the fresnel lens in place. It gets old, turns into sticky mess and leads to strange focus problems. It won't let you focus to infinity and every frame is out of focus. Ok, so I replaced it...
Still out of focus. 😠
I started blaming the lens, disassembled it, cleaned it and everything. Still shitty focus.😡
Noone else seemed to have the same persistent problem. I decided to put the camera into my showcase and try to forget about it.
Now (more than 1 year later), I finally found the solution: it's the f***ing mirror. There is old foam under the mirror and the thingy that holds it as well. Once it gets old, it collapses, becomes sticky and is not pressing the mirror up on the frame anymore.
I replaced it and took a testshot with photographic paper to have a fast result.
And there is it: the first sharp picture in ages! 😍
Time to go on a walk with this lady again, freshly loaded with HP5+. .