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Old 05-26-2010   #41
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When I broke this spring on my zorki 5 I ended up with bending the end of the spring that broke (close to 90 degrees), and super gluing it to a hole in the body (I believe there used to be a screw there). Since the spring was shorter than it was supposed to be I used 1 of the 3 screw holes in the lever for the spring and put the screw in the former spring hole.....
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Old 05-26-2010   #42
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Hey Guys, sorry I have been so lax in checking this forum lately. The cat is not going anywhere! Well, if you can afford the food bill, I am sure the wife might be convinced to let him go... He is about twice the size now that he is in the photographs!!! He is still just as 'helpful' though he tends to take up the entire workspace I have not taken the zorki 6 apart in ages. I actually feel lucky in that none of my FSU have needed any work of late. Of course, I have just jinxed myself and now all my FSUs will crash I will play with the Z6 tonight and post some pics of the spring. I do have to say that your spring in question looks nothing like any of the springs I have found in my Z6s. Yours looks more like some enterprising camera repair guy made one with whatever he had available.
I want to say that when I put it back together, I set the spring in its catch on the gear and then threaded the advance lever on. I then used the advance lever to wind the spring to the correct tension. Once that was set, I then screwed the lever onto the camera. This was the easiest way to do it. It is nearly impossible to wind the spring and hold the tension while setting the advance lever onto the body. I will get some pics up tonight to show how I put it back together. I will even show the cat!
Thank you. I also suspect that *##**! spring: it's very different than the spring of another Z6 i've opened.

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He's a little bit annoyed by this Zorki thing... only Leicas in his bag!
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Old 05-27-2010   #43
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Okay, first things first, I had internet connection problems last night and I could not get my post to show. I was stuck all day shooting a school board meeting... (theres six point five hours I will never get back) So here is the post I promised last night.

First, all must bow to the magnificience of the mighty Zeus(or so he believes)


Those are standard 12 inch tiles for a size reference.

Now onto the Zorkis. I am going to guess(never assume) that everybody knows how I got the Z6 to this point. You can see the tail of the spring poking out on the right side of the frame.


Here is the spring after removing the lever and the chrome ring above it. Notice how thin mine is in comparison to the one shown.

Now comes how I reassemble it. First, the advance lever has a claw that fits into the ratchet wheel. Mine is tensioned with a very small wire spring. My spring is bent and it takes a bit of work to get the claw in the proper postion and not loose the tensioning spring. I then work the catch of the advance spring in its proper location on the lever and then slide the lever into its proper postion. Thus using the lever to tension the advance spring. You can see the 'claw' I was referring to earlier in this shot. It is by the U-shaped cut out in advance lever.


Then I slide the chrome ring down and turn it to slide the catch of the spring up into the hole in the chrome ring. This takes a bit of pratice and a third hand sometimes. Usually, I use a small flat bladed screwdriver to help ease the spring up into postion. Then just screw the chrome ring back down.


Hopefully, this helps a bit with the issue you are having. I would suggest that you contact one of the known repair guys to see if they have the proper spring. Yours looks like somebody broke the spring and replaced it with whatever they had available at the time. If Yuri, Oleg or whoever doesn't have a proper spring, check with some of the reputable Ebay guys like Alex-photo or others.
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Old 05-30-2010   #44
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Thank you very much once more!
I need a new lever complete with his spring, or perhaps I must abandon the idea and purchase another Z6 in working order.

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Buy a second working one and keep the first for spares, that is what I did. Worked out great.
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Congratulations! The best CLA explanation ever. The best is your cat.
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Hello, I need to resurrect this thread, as I am having problems with my Zorki 6. I only wanted to do a bit of vertical alignment but it went horribly wrong and the whole RF system is now completely off. I stupidly messed with all three controls for vertical and horizontal alignment and now I have no idea on how to get back to a solid start. The RF window seems to be adjusting the vertical but only if it is not screwed in to tight, but then the infinity focus is all wrong. Do I need to open the top of the camera, because that didn't work either (frame counter ring refuses to unscrew). Is there a way to get to fix this in baby steps and very simple English, please, or else I will have to accept that my little camera will be forever retiring.
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Hello, I need to resurrect this thread, as I am having problems with my Zorki 6. I only wanted to do a bit of vertical alignment but it went horribly wrong and the whole RF system is now completely off. I stupidly messed with all three controls for vertical and horizontal alignment and now I have no idea on how to get back to a solid start. The RF window seems to be adjusting the vertical but only if it is not screwed in to tight, but then the infinity focus is all wrong. Do I need to open the top of the camera, because that didn't work either (frame counter ring refuses to unscrew). Is there a way to get to fix this in baby steps and very simple English, please, or else I will have to accept that my little camera will be forever retiring.
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You'd be better off following the "How to adjust your RF" thread. You don't need to take the top off to adjust it. If the window is rotated to adjust vertical, you must make sure that only the inner part moves, otherwise the outer part will unscrew, which I think is what's happening. Once you have vertical correct, adjust the infinity with the adjuster screw concealed behind the nameplate screw, then close-up by adjusting the pie-shaped RF sensor. You'll need to keep adjusting both ends of horizontal to fine-tune it, because each one affects the other. See the other thread.
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I hope to receive my Zorki-6 this week from Ukraine, Odessa. It had a CLA so the camera from 1965 should be OK. Fedka arranged it for me so I am pretty confident for this nice RF camera.

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