Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Classic Film RangeFinders & Other Classics > Scale Focus 35's

Scale Focus 35's Though not rangefinders, scale focus 35's are 1st cousins. This forum includes such popular gems as the Rollei 35's, Petri 35's, and the Olympus XA-4.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

is my Minox 35 broken?
Old 03-29-2017   #1
giganova
Registered User
 
giganova is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,432
is my Minox 35 broken?

I just received a mint condition Minox 35 GT-E that I got off Ebay. However, I think the camera is broken:

When I turn the aperture ring, I don't see the aperture blades inside the lens moving at all. Aren't they supposed to move?

Thanks!
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #2
Ko.Fe.
Kostya Fedot
 
Ko.Fe.'s Avatar
 
Ko.Fe. is offline
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: MiltON.ONtario
Posts: 7,510
Isn't it combined with the shutter in GT-E?
https://www.photo.net/discuss/thread...moving.508309/

This is how I was checking my Minox 35 aperture. My model was AE only. With back removed I was taking picture with lens pointed to the bright lamp and watching it through the back. And after it I was pointing it into the darker area to see if aperture with be changed (opened). It should be easier to check with yours same way because your model allows aperture to be selected.
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #3
giganova
Registered User
 
giganova is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,432
Thanks for the link! Interesting read, but I;m still confused:

The aperture doubles up as shutter in the GT-E model? So when I turn the aperture ring, it only changes the light meter settings but not the actual aperture blades?
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #4
Highway 61
Revisited
 
Highway 61's Avatar
 
Highway 61 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2,809
The GT-E is a GT with more reliable shutter electronics and a UV filter - no other difference.

If you don't see the "cateye" aperture blades open and close when you turn the aperture ring, you have a problem.
__________________

  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #5
giganova
Registered User
 
giganova is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,432
Yeah, that's what I thought: the first aperture blades (cat eye) should move when I turn the aperture ring, the blades behind it open and close the shutter (which they do). The first aperture ring does't move at all when I turn the aperture ring.
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #6
telenous
Registered User
 
telenous is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,580
Have a look at this: https://www.flickr.com/groups/649182...7612937954151/

It's an easy DIY fix (and I 'm saying this as someone who's all thumbs) and it did restore my ML back to life. Obviously all sorts of things could have gone wrong with your GTE but it's worth a try. Hope it helps, good luck.

.
__________________
- Alkis

flickr
instagram
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #7
giganova
Registered User
 
giganova is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,432
Alkis -- that fix is only for the shutter, which works fine on my Minox.
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #8
telenous
Registered User
 
telenous is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,580
OK I 'm with you now, my bad.

.
__________________
- Alkis

flickr
instagram
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #9
Godfrey
somewhat colored
 
Godfrey's Avatar
 
Godfrey is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9,182
Quote:
Originally Posted by giganova View Post
I just received a mint condition Minox 35 GT-E that I got off Ebay. However, I think the camera is broken:

When I turn the aperture ring, I don't see the aperture blades inside the lens moving at all. Aren't they supposed to move?

Thanks!
You've inspired me to hunt up whereever the heck it is I have stuffed my Minox 35GT-E. I know I still have it, just don't remember what box or drawer I've put it into.

G
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #10
giganova
Registered User
 
giganova is offline
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,432
Godfrey -- if you find it, please let me know if your aperture blades move when you turn the aperture wheel. Thanks!
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-29-2017   #11
pvdhaar
Zoom with your feet!
 
pvdhaar's Avatar
 
pvdhaar is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 3,198
See this image of a Minox with aperture set at f11. You can see the cats eye diaphragm blades: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...Minox_35GT.jpg
__________________
Kind regards,

Peter

My Hexländer Gallery
  Reply With Quote

Old 03-30-2017   #12
Godfrey
somewhat colored
 
Godfrey's Avatar
 
Godfrey is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9,182
Quote:
Originally Posted by giganova View Post
Godfrey -- if you find it, please let me know if your aperture blades move when you turn the aperture wheel. Thanks!
I found the whole kit ... Minox 35GT-E, camera case, flash, close up kit, close up stand, and original boxes for most of it. First time I've seen it in a while. All nice and almost new ... I bought the whole shebang in 1998 and used it on some business trips. I should sell it.

Unfortunately, yes: when you turn the aperture ring, you should see the aperture blades move. If you don't, the aperture selector is busted.

G
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 23:09.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.