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Edixa Mat Flex Mod B shutter not working

Huttles94

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Hi all,

I am new to the forum and to photography in general.

I have recently acquired a Edixa Mat Flex Mod B camera.

The problem is, is that the there is a problem with the shutter. When I advance the film the shutter does not "engage" and instead when I release the film advancement lever, the shutter does not do what is it supposed to. I cant really describe it very well so sorry if there is some confusion.

I have found that if I turn the camera upside down and shake it whilst gently giving the shutter speed dial a slight tap, it will sometimes actually work, though only the once.


So basically, when I advance the film the shutter does not engage or cock and instead as I release the film advance lever the shutter closes and acts like I have not advanced the film. Though when I turn it upside down whilst shaking and tapping the shutter speed dial, I then turn the camera back over, advance the film once again and then it works but just the once and I then need to repeat the process.

I hope that this means nothing is broken and that it only means the camera needs a good service. But I am a complete novice so any help or ideas would be very much appreciated!

Thank you

Jake
 

Roger S

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Without having your camera in hand here, it's hard to tell if it's one of the earlier or later Mod B designs. The earliest ones did not have an automatic mirror return after shooting, so that advancing the film and cocking the shutter actually popped the mirror back into position for the next shot.

I'm guessing from the fact that turning your camera over and shaking it will reset, then it's possible that it's a mirror problem. One of the mirror actuating levers inside may be stuck, gummy, or broken.
 

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I have tried taking the camera apart. I have got the lever off and the shutter speed dial. I then have taken off the cover. I then pushed the shutter release button to see if anything is working and I am sure nothing was happening. There is a metal plate that is screwed on with two screws from the front, I removed that and below it was a metal bar that seems like it is supposed to move when the shutter release button is pressed. It is screwed onto the camera with a screw that has a odd spring on it. I removed it to see what was happening. The camera is now in bits on my bench. I thought I figured the problem when I tried putting the metal bar back on with the spring is a position where it hooked around the front of the bar and applied tension (I think). Sadly now the camera seems to have jammed. I tired turning the advance film lever and it got stuck, then it returned home and now it wont move.

I might have bitten off more than I can chew with this camera, shame since it is in lovely condition, at least cosmetically. As for the model, it just says Mod B.

Here are some photos of the camera and its internals:


 
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