This is my first post. I've been following the RFF for the last month or so and I've learned a great deal from everyone here. I have had a 1968 Kiev (4a I think) for a couple months during which time I dismantled it, adjusted the rangefinder, and put it back together. Since then I have happily run several rolls of film through it, developed them and I'm very happy with the prints. A lot of the info for this operation, I gleaned from posts and links in RFF, so thanks a million. It's a great forum.
I have now bought up a Contax IIIa black dial
. I'm still running the first test roll through it but for now it has two known problems: (1) it is missing a screw on the catch on the focussing mount, not the end screw but the one next to it, and (2) the rangefinder is vertically out of alignment, that is the image that moves is higher than the peach colored window by about 1/4 of its height.
--For the missing screw does anyone have measurements for the its diameter, threads and head? I'm a couple hours from Athens and it might just be easier and more timely to order off the internet if I have specifications. I took took the end screw out and tried to put it in the empty space but the end scew is larger.
--For the rangefinder adjustment I understand that the Contax IIIa is going to be more difficult than my Kiev. Do I dare attempt the adjustment myself or just live with the problem until I have the $$$ to have it done professionally? The only repair notes I've found are for the IIa on Rick Oleson's site which only gets me so far and Pherdinand's repair notes for a IIIa. H. Sheerer's site has me a little jumpy about opening it up.