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#1 Gary Lemson

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 12:01 AM

Hello,

I just received a nearly new Bolex P4. The manual says to remove the pressure-pad (with fingers, no tools)for cleaning. I can only see the backing-plate that closes in on the film. I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I don't see anything removable (without serious disassembly). Could someone clarify this for me?


Thank you.
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#2 Glenn Brady

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 06:56 AM

I've not owned a P4, but if it's like the P1, P2, and P3, the pressure plate can be removed simply by releasing a small lever near the gate, tilting the outside edge of the pressure plate back, and then pulling it out of the camera. Steve Randall at www.bolexrepair.com is very knowledgeable about the 8mm amateur Bolex cameras and stocks spares for many of them.
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#3 Gary Lemson

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 09:54 AM

...the pressure plate can be removed simply by releasing a small lever near the gate, tilting the outside edge of the pressure plate back, and then pulling it out of the camera.


I released the lever, but was nervous about pulling on anything. I'll have another look.

Thanks for the help and contact info, too.

Edited by Gary Lemson, 26 September 2006 - 09:55 AM.

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