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#1 Joel Pierre

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:05 PM

I acquired a Bolex H16 Reflex (1957) with three lenses SOM Berthiot Cinor (Cinor 10 mm f/1.9 RX, Cinor RX 25 mm f/1.4 and Tele-Cinor 75 mm f/2.5).

It seems that everything is in very good condition, but the adjustment ring distance of the lenses are very difficult to turn.

I guess it is the original grease which has dried.

How can we fix this?
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 09:43 PM

Sometimes working the focus ring and warming the lens will marginally free up a stiff focus, but really, there's no quick and easy fix. The lenses need to be dismantled and the focus threads cleaned and relubricated.

It's a job for a lens tech - without a collimator or a familiarity with lens mechanics it's very easy to lose the carefully callibrated back focus setting, among other potential problems.

You can have a go yourself, of course, if you're up for a challenge. Just measure and mark everything as you dismantle it (especially the point where threaded rings begin to screw together - there are typically many thread starts but only one will give the correct collimation). But even with great care, chances are the focus scale won't be reliable afterwards, especially on the wider lenses. You'd also need to source some decent and appropriate lens grease, have the right tools, and avoid damaging any sealed-in set screws or exposed element surfaces.... have I dissuaded you yet? B)

Edited by Dom Jaeger, 24 September 2011 - 09:43 PM.

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