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Konilette trouble
Old 03-07-2012   #1
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Konilette trouble



konilette require double-stroke action to advance film and trigger shutter.
mine has this problem: the shutter opened by itself at the second stroke (and i need to press the shutter release button in order to advance again)

the B setting is normal and do not has this symptom
so if i set the camera to B setting, advance the film, and THEN set the correct speed, i could shot (i suppose, hadn't try out a roll)

any clue?
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Old 03-08-2012   #2
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Pink, your camera looks a lot like the Kalimar A of the same vintage. How much you want to bet that, other than the film advance and lens, they are mechanical twins? Here is a repair job I did on mine, basically a complete teardown: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxggAsk

Could be the shutter release shaft needs adjusting. But without watching how everthing sequences, it's kind of hard to tell.

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...looks a lot like the Kalimar A of the same vintage...
just took a look at your flickr...i think you are absolutely right. thanks again!

oh is this particular one i should look into my Koni?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7699588...7628351914983/
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Pink, the problem I was having with mine was the shutter would not always charge when the film was advanced. That was caused by the spring on the catch pawl being in a weakened state, so I reformed the end of it to make things tighter, and that cured the problem.

You might have something that is letting the release cam rotate too far, and thus it triggers the shutter too soon. Like I said, something like this can be diagnosed mainly by watching the movements of the levers, and determining where in the sequence the early shutter release is coming from. Seems odd though that it doesn't happen when the shutter is on B. Might be within the shutter speed escapement.

Does your camera have a delay timer? That could be another problem area, as most leaf shutters are designed to lock out the delay when the shutter is set to B. Could be why the fault doesn't show up then.

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thanks PF...the camera is not with me at the moment but i don't recall the koni has self timer.


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P1060718_2 This is the problem part. This catch pawl does not go into the slot it's supposed to, except when it feels like it. You could wind film all day, but never take a photo because the shutter release was locked up.
found this useful too...i have a minolta HM-G2 that can wind film forever...may i ask what have you done to it?

edit: oh it is the other reason that my HM-G2 not working, the Rewind is engaged and i cannot get it back to advance position.
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Pink, I'm not familiar with a Minolta HM-G2. Must be a different market name than what it was sold as here in the US. A photo might help.

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