This. Is. Inspiring.
I too received an M3 (800xxx) that had been dropped into the ocean at the beach (not by me!). The owner put the camera on a shelf and never did anything with it. Sea water is not kind to anything with Fe atoms in it.
I received the camera some years later and stripped it down. I revived the shutter mechanism, but not the timing/shutter speeds -- all the springs corroded into brown-orange strings that crumbled to dust when I breathed too heavy. The RF suffered too, but it was possible to look through it after some attention. Unfortunately, the prism silvering was affected and the framelines too. But, I managed to clean and restore so much of the camera, that a donor slow speed module and an RF unit will bring it completely back to life. I found a slow speed donor, but no RF donor.
The old DS M3 was so well built that after I cleaned it up and worked the shutter (wind on), it was so smooth and enjoyable if I had closed my eyes I would have thought it a new, perfect camera. The definition of "buttery smooth" I often read in classified ads for various Ms.
So, I'll put this out there: I'm looking for a donor DS-era M3. Even though I found a slow speed donor, I let it move on so I again need a donor that has a slow speed module and an RF unit. Everything else can be toast
. Casually on the hunt....
Originally Posted by Deklari
Finally.. full story in one image :-)