Old Nikon repair advise please

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Lazarus Long, Jul 14, 2003.

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    Lazarus Long Guest

    For a long time I've used a Nikon FE. Since it was introduced. For
    all that time, it's done everything I've cared to do with a camera.
    I've got the the lens it came with, along with a 28mm and a 85mm f1.8
    The stock lens and the 28mm are AI, the 85mm is not AI, I bought it
    used way back then. Plus various other accessories (filters,
    attachments, ect.)

    But now, after the most recent trip of two weeks to San Diego for the
    zoos there and several national parks on the road back home, I noticed
    on some frames (not every) what looks like a light leak. This is
    manifested as a narrow band across the image the narrow way towards
    one end of the frame.

    If there were no digital, buying a new film camera would seem to be a
    no brainer. But with the arrival of good digital cameras, I'd really
    rather spend real money on one of those.

    So what I'm thinking about is having whatevers wrong repaired on the
    FE and buying a digital camera. I don't really want to discard a
    camera I'm thoroughly familiar with that still takes an excellent
    picture as long as a repair is at all reasonably cost effective. I'm
    not sure that a new film camera would take any better photos than the
    old one. I mean, it's the indian, not the arrows!

    The digital camera is where the new money should go. Right?

    What's your advise/opinions on this? Or should I just move on past
    the old equipment and embrace the now.
    Lazarus Long, Jul 14, 2003
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    Lazarus Long Guest

    Is that an easy self repair?

    Lazarus Long, Jul 14, 2003
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    John O. Guest

    I'd fix it. And I'd get the digital as well. It's time. Besides, you
    need pixels to take pic's of Pixel the Cat.
    John O., Jul 14, 2003
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    Kiyu Guest

    Alas, I've never actually done it myself but from all descriptions of the
    process I have read it is a piece of cake. (Heh. Heh. How many times have you
    heard that one.<G>)
    Your post reminded me I had promised to do the repair on my son's backup EM and
    his FE (if it cured his EM light streaking problems and I didn't mess it up) -
    I've just been dragging my feet but will drag them no more. Thanks for the

    Here is a site to check
    that sells the material. T'aint cheap at $16.95 but apparently they give you
    good instructions along with it.

    Here is a description with photos of the process
    and info for doing it on the cheap. I may just give this one a try.

    A site to show what deteriorating seals looks like

    I believe I have also seen seal material sold on Ebay by a number of folks and
    with some research into the material type you could probably pick up something
    quite suitable from somewhere like McMaster-Carr, a mail order industrial supply
    house on the net. Just depends on whether you are the adventurous type.

    A poster here mentioned $35 to have it done (I think they replace the light seal
    for the mirror as well) and that sounds like a really good price if you are a
    bit queasy about digging into the innards of your camera.

    I can't say with certainty but I suspect this is a bread and butter job for a
    camera shop, sort of like changing your car's spark plugs. With any mechanical
    skills at all it looks to be an easy task for the person wanting to do it at
    home. Just take a deep breath, a stiff drink.......no, two drinks & jump in. I
    am certain others here have done it and could give you a better insight into
    what the job entails than I.

    Kiyu, Jul 14, 2003
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    Ric Trexell Guest

    Lazarus Long <>
    For a long time I've used a Nikon FE...
    ----- Original Message -----
    Dear Mr. Long: I have sent my Minolta X-700 to this place in Madison,Wi.
    They did good work.

    B.D.C Camera Repair
    313 West Johnson St.
    Madison, Wi. 53703
    (608) 257-6315

    If you are closer to them you might want to try them. Ric in Wisconsin.
    Ric Trexell, Jul 14, 2003
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