Lubrication and maintenance of a Filmo DA
Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:09 PM
I have recently aquired a Filmo DA that, by all acounts, hasn't been run since the early 1940's. The winding is very stiff and the movement sluggish, so I expect it needs a good stripping, degreasing and light oiling. Does anyone have any hints and tips or thoughts on where to start?
Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:58 PM
The front of the camera with the gate and shutter is easily removed, there is a central nut on the front of the turret and if you remove that (Do it in a bag as there are three spring loaded cams for the detents on the turret which will fly across the room!!) you can get to the two screws that hold the mechanism to the body. I think there is also a larger locating screw on the back side too. Once the front is removed you can fairly easily get to the guts to lubricate the mechanism. I would suggest winding the spring and letting it out several times to free it up, don't try to remove it without making a jig for it to slide into, it is under allot of pressure and if it suddenly unwound it could injure you.
Check You-Tube to see if someone has posted a dissasembly video....
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:54 AM
Once I've cleared a few projects off the table I'll make a start on it. Its good to be able to leave it out and come back later.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:11 PM
Having just picked the camera up, I find that the key "slips" about the shaft without actually winding. Is there some sort of clutch or ratchet mechanism inside?
The winding key on a filmo disengages when it is folded flat as the shaft turns as the camera runs. when the flap is upright it should engage the shaft. You can pull the key out to examine it.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:39 PM