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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    Yeah, I was thinking about that, but at the shop they said there is so much oil they think the gasket blew. I don't know enough about lenses to know where that gasket is, but it sounded like a part needs to be replaced.
    Don't use that local shop. They don't seem to know the difference between camera lenses and engine blocks.
    Ouch.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    There's no gasket in the lens.
    Ha. Somehow I'm not surprised, and as cdiphoto said, sounds like the shop I went to simply doesn't know what they are talking about.

    So what is it that causes them to get oily? Is it possible that there is a part that needs to be replaced?

    If not, I might give it a go. I would love to get it fixed for free, but perhaps more importantly to learn a little on the way.

    The only reason I could think of to not do it myself would be if there is a part that I would have to find anyway, or if I should try to sell it once it is fixed. It's in like new condition except for the blades, and it's a crossed XX model so it will probably yield a little more on ebay. I was thinking I needed a part that would be nearly impossible to find.
    Jason Hamilton
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  3. #13
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    Well, it's not oil, rather lubricating grease from the Helicoid.
    It's unlikely that any parts need replacing, chances are that cleaning the blades of the iris will be enough. The blades are quite delicate so make sure you only wash them gently in some detergent and finish off and dry with some isopropyl alcohol.
    Also make sure you carefully mark the parts so you can reassemble them in the correct alignment. Make sure you don't lose the grounding spring for the IC, it's tiny and will drop out..
    The operations demand a high degree of dexterity, particularly assembling the Iris and fitting it back in position. If you're a bit hamfisted, don't try it.
    If you do have a go, I'll give you any help I can, if not I'll give you $40 for it and do it myself.
    Peter

  4. #14
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    Took it to the other local repair shop, where they do stuff in house. The guy said he had actually been through Minolta repair training back in the day, and seemed a heck of a lot more knowledgeable. He said it would only be about $40, and get it back in a couple of days. www.peacecamera.com seems to have a pretty good reputation locally, so hopefully things will come out ok. With the new baby and my lack of tiny tools it seemed worth $40.
    Jason Hamilton
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  5. #15
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    An excellent price. At least three times thst here.

  6. #16
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    It was done today around noon. I haven't had a chance to really do any shooting with it yet, but the aperture seems to work. I'll try to get some shots with it and do a focus test before long.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  7. #17
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    That was fast. They must have needed the cash.
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