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Pentacon Six TL

Unknown age (S/N 17150) - fully manual - 120 or 220 film, 6×6 - Pentacon Six mount

I've finally got a medium format camera baby! Wooh!

Modifications

Unknown
Imitation snakeskin covering from a previous owner
2008-02
Replacement screen with focusing aids (horizontal split prism circle, microprism ring)
2008-05
Flocking using ‘kit’ from Baier Fototechnik
2008-05
Adjusted screen height to get better focusing

Repair work

In early 2009 it became clear that this camera was seriously broken. The frame counter never worked, meaning I didn't know the roll of film was finished until I heard the backing paper flopping about inside. The result was that I wasted the last 4-5 shots.

But the final straw was when the frame spacing broke, leaving large gaps inbetween frames. I got ten frames from a roll of 120 and not many more from a roll of 220.

2009-08-12
Sent camera to Ben at Camera Check Point in Dubbo for repair. He kept me up to date with his progress via email.
2009-09-12
After a two week holiday (and presumably then working through the backlog), Ben reports that a few things in my camera are broken. He thinks that someone had previously tried to repair it, but probably made it worse.
2009-09-14
Ben has done some work on the counter and shutter. The shutter times are a bit off and he wants to know if he should go ahead with a full shutter service. I say go.
2009-10-20
Ben has finished all repair work, but the counter is still causing trouble. He's trying to find a replacement part through his “network”.
2009-10-28
Ben was unable to find a part but thinks he was able to fix the counter anyway. He posted my camera back.
2009-10-29
My camera arrived in the post! I now have a bill for AU$445 though. I hope this has all been worth it. The next day I put a test roll in but took over a week to finish it.

Problems

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