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#1 Carl Conrad

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:17 PM

I got a neat camera at Goodwill and the mechanism works fine (camera sounds like it should with batteries in it) but the viewfinder does not work. I opened it up and the mirror is loose, I was wondering exactly where the mirror needs to go to fix this problem?

Thanks a lot!

Attached are 2 pictures, one of the inside of the camera, the front is where I think the mirror should go, and the second is of the loose mirror!
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#2 Carl Conrad

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:19 PM

Sorry I can only upload one picture, so I have uploaded the picture of the camera body only!
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#3 Josh Gladstone

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:45 PM

I don't see any pictures attached to your post, but I wanted to let you know that you will probably be able to fix it. I've fixed a couple of cameras that had the same issue with a just little super glue. There's usually a small flat surface turned 45 degrees below the front end of the viewfinder assembly with a bit of old hardened glue smudged on it. Once you get those photos up, I'm sure I or someone else will be able to point it out for you. Oh, and don't lose that little mirror!


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#4 Carl Conrad

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:59 PM

Sorry about that!! Here is the part of the camera that reflects into the lens.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 03:34 AM

I can't really tell from that picture, but maybe someone else can? Or could you post a wider shot, and maybe a shot of the mirror also?


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#6 Carl Conrad

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:18 AM

Attached are a wider shot of the camera and a shot of the loose mirror!


Near the front there is a place that the mirror fits perfectly but it is laying flat (parallel to the viewfinder mechanism) so it does not work, so I would like to know where the mirror should actually sit!

Thanks a lot!!

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#7 Josh Gladstone

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

Hmmm, I dunno. You're right it's confusing. I'll try to open up a couple of my cameras and see if I can find a similar setup.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 02:48 PM

Hey, sorry it took so long. So here's a Nizo S30 with aerial focusing:

 

You can see the mirror is in the upper left corner:

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Here it is a bit closer:

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And here it is real close:

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When it came to me, the mirror was just bouncing around inside the camera. Once I glued it in there, the viewfinder was good as new. Hope that helps! Sorry it took so long!


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#9 Mark Dunn

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 02:17 AM

There seems to be dried glue on that white tab in the centre of pic 1. I wonder if the mirror should be thereabouts.


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