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Question about setting ASA on an Electro GSN
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Question about setting ASA on an Electro GSN

When turning the ASA dial, I don't see a corresponding mark that you align your number towards. So should I just rotate until the setting I want is level and readily able to be read while looking down at the dial? This would have my chosen number at the "9 o'clock" point on the dial.

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When turning the ASA dial, I don't see a corresponding mark that you align your number towards. So should I just rotate until the setting I want is level and readily able to be read while looking down at the dial? This would have my chosen number at the "9 o'clock" point on the dial.

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On my GSN, there is a red tick mark on the outer chrome/silver dial surrounding the ASA settings. Perhaps yours has worn off? The red mark is indented on the outer ring if that helps
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It sounds to me like the problem here is that the numbers inside the red dial are rotating!

The disk with the numbers should be static, and the red tick on the outer ring should indicate the selected ISO/ASA.



In the above photo, this Electro is set to ISO100.

In the event that the disk with the numbers is spinning, set the ISO outer ring as far as you can to Counterclockwise. That will be ISO 1000. Then rotate the numbers so that 1000 is lined up with the indicator notch and tighten the screw that holds it down

If that doesn't work, or the disk won't tighten down, you can use the disk as a visual reference, set it for 1000 or 32 then count clicks till you get to the setting you need. Ask me how I know how to do this

If you have time and budget to spare, I would also reccomend giving Russ at Camerarefurb.com a buzz and see if he can CLA it for you. It's typically around $60 and will do your Electro a world of good.
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Oh wow - thanks so much for all the quick responses. After reading them all it appears that all are correct and in fact what was happening is exactly as unixrevolution described. The inner numbered-dial was indeed spinning and along with the outer ring being able to turn it was causing me the confusion. I was able to snug it up a little with just my thumb and pressing/rotating it. But now I want to compare it to other photo examples of a GSN to make sure when I finally snug it down with a small spanner it will be in the correct final position. Otherwise I'll turn the dial to the incorrect place, right? At least that is how I think about it in my head. For example if I turn the inner dial too far when snugging it down, then ISO 400 could actually be one or two notches too early on the dial. Either way thanks again all of you for helping clear it up for me.
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*edit* I read unixrevolution's post a little more closely and see now exactly how to get things aligned. Thanks again for the detail reply - this will help me tremendously!
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Oh wow - thanks so much for all the quick responses. After reading them all it appears that all are correct and in fact what was happening is exactly as unixrevolution described. The inner numbered-dial was indeed spinning and along with the outer ring being able to turn it was causing me the confusion. I was able to snug it up a little with just my thumb and pressing/rotating it. But now I want to compare it to other photo examples of a GSN to make sure when I finally snug it down with a small spanner it will be in the correct final position. Otherwise I'll turn the dial to the incorrect place, right? At least that is how I think about it in my head. For example if I turn the inner dial too far when snugging it down, then ISO 400 could actually be one or two notches too early on the dial. Either way thanks again all of you for helping clear it up for me.
This is why I reccomended the repair method described above. The ASA dial AFAIK does not do full rotations. So rotate it to one of the extents (25 or 1000) until it stops, then index the dial to where the outer ring ends up and snug it down
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This is why I reccomended the repair method described above. The ASA dial AFAIK does not do full rotations. So rotate it to one of the extents, then index the dial to where the outer ring ends up and snug it down
Thanks again for the clarification - in my haste I missed your steps in the second half of your reply. I have it adjusted just like you said and somewhat snugged down. Now I have to locate a fine spanner wrench and get it better tightened so this doesn't keep happening.
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If you are talking about tightening that inside ring with the two small holes, snap ring pliers would do the trick. They have fine points for the holes and are inexpensive on ebay.
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I ended up getting an adjustable curved tip spanner wrench Amazon for under $10 - it did the trick nicely. Thanks again for the advice on how to set it to the correct position prior to tightening it down. Now I need to put a drop of red paint in the groove cut in the outer ring so I can see it.
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