A previous Bedtime Stories image may be found here.
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That’s my actual Autocord ↑
As many of you know, I recently purchased a Minolta Autocord.
Unfortunately, I quickly realized (well, not so quickly… I ruined two rolls of film in realizing) that the shutter was not releasing. I had a dead camera. This despite the fact that it had been advertised as “fully repaired and fully functioning” by the seller in Japan (for the record, I’ve dealt with many Japanese dealers over the years, and have always found them to be reliable and honest, so this experience was an exception).
After getting over the initial disappointment , I started searching on the ‘net for someone who could fix it.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long to find the name of a highly recommended serviceman: Karl Bryan.
I contacted Mr. Bryan, and he responded immediately; after several email exchanges he confirmed that it needed to be sent in.
So off it went and now I’m happy to report that my camera is back.
In the interest of sharing, here is the itemized list of inspections/adjustments/repairs performed, as communicated to me by Karl:
I recvd your camera today and have performed the following services on it:
- checked shutter, made/installed cocking lever pin
- checked flash
- checked film advance
- checked frame counter
- cleaned/lubricated focus helix
- reset focus of taking and viewing lens
- cleaned outer surfaces of lens groups
- cleaned mirror/ground glass/Fresnel lens
- installed Fresnel lens correctly
- straightened waist level finder so magnifier pops up properly
- replaced aperture/shutter viewing window
- lubricated film rollers and film advance drive gear
- tightened pressure plate screws
- replaced shutter control lever
- installed missing grub screw on focus lever
- installed missing grub screw on meter on/off switch
- replaced waist level finder lift button
- installed battery and battery adapter in battery housing
…I have included a CD of Autocord information in the box with your camera.
The camera shutter had been CLA’d, but the camera tech forgot to put lacquer on the shutter cocking lever pin. Without the lacquer the pin will fall out. I made a new pin and installed it. I lacquered the pin and the 2 aperture control plate screws (camera tech also forgot to lacquer the screws). It was a real pleasure to work on your camera, a very clean camera. As recvd the focus was very very stiff (temp was 1 C) and infinity focus was when the focus lever was set to 50’ (camera tech probably didn’t have an autocollimator for setting focus). I cleaned/lubricated the focus helix and then I reset the focus, a very sharp lens. I also straightened the waist level finder so that it would open smoothly and the magnifier would not droop (can’t focus if the magnifier isn’t parallel to the ground glass). I also replaced the damaged rear waist level finder lifting button and the badly damaged aperture/shutter viewing window. You will find the old parts in the upper film spool area of the camera.
I tested your meter, the CDS meter works and appears to be accurate. To use the meter…”
As you can see, Karl took care of everything an now my Autocord has been restored to its former glory.
It is operating beautifully.
Suffice it to say, if any of you reading this are interested in having a Minolta Autocord skillfully serviced, do not hesitate to contact Karl (he is located in the USA and can be found easily via an internet search — or you can contact me and I’ll forward you his email) and you will be taken care of by a true gentleman.*
Thank you Karl!
*NOTE: As always, the recommendations I make on my site are based on my experiences as a paying customer. I am not affiliated with, nor do I earn any money (advertising or otherwise) from any third party photography-related products, services, or website links.
Yesterday, I found my Magic again in the form of this photograph, which was taken with the Leica M8 and its wonderful CCD sensor.
As you can see, the beautiful colours and rendering are back, imbuing a special something to my images.
And the skin tones! Finally some nice results.
It’s yet another year and Prosophos is back to shooting with a Leica rangefinder and CCD sensor.
LOL… some things never change.
All is well with this blog again, right?
It’s a lie.
Oh yes indeed.
That pleasant and happy image of my wife was photographed with a Nikon D810 + Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art.
I’m sorry. I had to do it.
I grew tired of some of the comments lately about the absence of “magic” in my images. I grew tired of some people thinking the M9 was best for me when they were really projecting what is best for them. I grew tired of people not giving the Nikon/Sigma gear a chance because it’s not Leica and it’s not CCD.
For what it’s worth, I happen to think that my current output does look different from my previous. For one, the tonality is more “mature”, which is a positive. Also, the colours deviate from what Leica/Kodak accomplished with the M9/M8, but they are nonetheless pleasant.
As far as gear goes, I still believe that a rangefinder is the superior camera for photographing Life’s Little Moments. At some point, therefore, it’s very likely that I will return to an M camera (perhaps film?). Then again, I might not.
And I still prefer CCD sensors for images created in good light, where low ISOs (160 – 640) are used. Imagine what an updated CCD sensor could accomplish (Leica, are you listening?).
However I’m not going back to the M8 or M9 or M-E or M9-Monochrom.
So, gentle readers, please get over it.
On a positive note, I am simply astounded at what I can get out of the Nikon 300mm f/4E PF lens. It’s going to open up a whole new world of possibilities, not only because of the telephoto focal length, but because of how it renders with the D810. I can’t wait until springtime to try and unleash its full potential. And that goes for my two Sigma 35/50 Art lenses as well.
In addition to the above, I will continue to photograph with my Mamiya RZ67 with ecstasy and frustration.
And I’m looking forward to the return of my Minolta Autocord, which I haven’t had the pleasure of using yet. It’s been off to a rocky start as it arrived malfunctioning and is now getting CLA’d but I remain hopeful that I will be able to do something with it.
You see, the magic may found with different pieces of gear.
So, yes, I lied to you.
But I had to do it.
(Now… to await the inevitable comments of “I knew it wasn’t the M8 because…“)