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Vivitar 35 ES dodgy meter
Old 08-11-2016   #1
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Vivitar 35 ES dodgy meter


Having had a dig around inside an old broken Konica C35 I decided I had enough knowledge to have a go at fixing a Viv 35 ES with a knackered meter. I was mistaken.

The meter needle responds to increasing light fine, it rockets up the scale no problem. But point the camera away from light or cover the meter and the needle drops agonisingly slowly. It can take a good couple of hours in a pitch black room for it to finally hit the underexposure warning area.

Any ideas what's happening? The aperture responds fine to the aperture shown in the meter and it opens fully with no batteries fitted.

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I hope someone answers, the lens, shutter, meter look similar to many cameras of that period; Olympus 35RC, Konica C35, etc. So maybe you will have some luck here. I repaired a C35 by changing the CDS cell, but that meter was completely dead. I may have a cell around the house so it you decide to do it I'll have a look. Some of these cameras used stainless steel wires which are impossible to solder.
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