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Successful Rokkor Lens Repair

Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:22 a.m.

A short while back I posted here about a used Minolta 58mm lens with stuck aperture blades. Thanks to the tips I received in this forum. and the purchase of an inexpensive lens spanner, I was able to disassemble the lens, carefully clean the aperture blades, and put the darn thing back together. It even works now! Not a big deal to some of you veteran camera guys, but I made a test roll and wanted to share the results of my success.


Here it is! Classic 58mm 1.4 Rokkor with working aperture blades.

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Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:24 a.m.

And I just had to get some pics of the kids to test it. I shot Fuji Superia 200 yesterday. Processed at Costco, scanned by me and an old Canonscan FS2710.

Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:26 a.m.

This is a great little park built by the W.P.A. in 1939 during the last Depression. A Natural spring runs through it and there are lots of stone walls, bridges and steps.

Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:28 a.m.

Later we decided to celebrate Dad's ingenious repair work at Steak N Shake. With a 58mm 1.4 and the bright SRT viewscreen the lens practically focuses itself.


Tasty Lunch and one happy kid & one Fussy!

Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:31 a.m.

I gave the camera to my 11 year old daughter to try out. Not bad for starters! She gets very serious when I let her use one of my old heavy cameras.


The Old Man and a much younger one.

Russ Rosener , Jun 08, 2010; 12:34 a.m.

Later at home my daughter showed me a telescope she likes carrying around to look at things up close. Seems she wants a real telescope for the next birthday, and is fascinated by optics! I wonder where she gets that from? ;)


Fascinated by lenses.

Mike Gammill , Jun 08, 2010; 12:39 a.m.

Great repair job and great photos. Thanks for posting.

JDM von Weinberg , Jun 08, 2010; 12:43 a.m.

I'm impressed.

Cute kids, too.

Subbarayan Prasanna , Jun 08, 2010; 01:47 a.m.

"Sitting on the Oak Tree" is beautiful; very creative use of the light throw and shade. It is your forte` so to say! Explore more of those. Thanks for the post. sp

Rick Drawbridge , Jun 08, 2010; 03:44 a.m.

Nice post Russ, and it's so satisfying when a simple repair brings a camera back to life. Great family pics; I like "exercise" and "fascinated". There's nothing quite as photogenic as a redhead!


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