Is this camera worth fixing?
Posted 18 January 2011 - 09:22 PM
Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:13 AM
It's always hard to say just from photos exactly how much work is needed. Given the amount of corrosion (never a good thing with precision equipment) I'd say the camera and mag would need a complete overhaul. It looks like the camera was dropped with a large lens and a motor attached, so there may be body distortion. Rusty electronics are rarely dependable, so don't count on any of the accessories working. The power supply pictured is for an MST motor, to run the camera at (non-crystal) sync speed. But that's missing. I don't know what the rusty motor in the photo is, maybe out of a powered zoom lens. The MM motor pictured is for the magazine.
The camera needs a new turret plate assembly, winding arm, mag port cover and eyecup at the very least. The turret spindle is probably damaged, and given the storage condition there may be fungus on the optics. The shutter sector adjustment lever is bent and the motor attachment threads are damaged or missing. If the prism (now exposed due to the missing turret plate) is scratched or otherwise damaged I'd definitely forget about it.
You're probably looking at more expense in repair and parts costs than another RX 5 in good shape. It would be a gamble.
Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:53 AM
Its just going to sit in a projects box until you find the parts missing cost as much as a new one - turrets are rare, I need one myself... The bolt that holds to the shaft on the front looks like its sheared off and still in there
Maybe its been swimming ?
It could be an awesome spare parts store - like I bet the gate being alloy will be fine, so you have a second chance at super16 ing your gate for instance. But if you've never been inside a Bolex (and you're going to have to with this one) this would be the worst place to start !
Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:41 AM
That turret plate tells a sad story. Bent shutter lever, a motor thread socket missing in the housing, switches missing with the Perfectone gear, all the rust, this is a NO-GO. Not even for parts, you have rust everywhere.
If you don’t want to pay a lot purchase a simpler camera like a Revere. They run for 50 seconds by the way. Cinematography comes out of you, not the camera.
Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:27 PM
Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:03 PM
For the right price that is
Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:47 PM
Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:26 PM