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Trying to find a light leak (what else???)
Old 07-19-2013   #1
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Trying to find a light leak (what else???)

I've been looking for a light leak in my Kiev 4AM. I've found that when I carry and use the camera in its case, there are no light leaks. This being the case (bad pun intended), where is the most likely place for a light leak if I don't use the camera in its case? I was ready to order another one from Yuri, but I decided to give it one more try, this time with a case. If it's a simple fix, like replacing the "yak hair" light seals around the door, I can do that. If it involves taking the top plate off, the camera will simply wear its leather jacket. What has been your experience in these matter?

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Where is it leaking? Please post a pic showing the fogging. Hopefully people on the list can guide you to a solution. These are usually not too difficult.

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I have had a similar situation with mine some time ago.I had very faint leaks along the sprocket holes one one roll.I did the same as you have done, that is use the case - and no leaks.Then I thought a bit more about how i was carrying the camera without the case and I believe i was applying pressure onto the camera back as i was carrying it on this particular day.I now am a bit more careful about how i hold the camera in my hand when walking about and have not had any problems since.If I apply pressure to the back of the camera i can actually see slight movement. This may or may not be helpful in your situation.The kiev can also leak around the speed change dial.
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Both of my 4As are leaking from both sides of the back cover. I should do something about it but whenever I load film, I do it in the dark and use the camera with its case. Again, there is some slight fogging at the top of the film. I will do something about it before shooting my next film.
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