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Screwdrivers for camera repair.....

Bill Keaton , Oct 16, 2004; 01:06 a.m.

I have a Mamiya C220 I bought for parts to take the rails off, as the rails on mine have a few teeth missing from a fall. I bought a set of precision screwdrivers to do the disassembly, but on the first screws I came to the groove in the screw is so fine none of the screwdrivers fit. Any ideas where to purchase a set of screwdrivers specifically for camera work?

Thanks in advance.......


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KL IX , Oct 16, 2004; 01:25 a.m.


Bob Bell , Oct 16, 2004; 01:54 a.m.

have you tried one of those screwdrivers for glass repairs?

- Stu Evans , Oct 16, 2004; 08:20 a.m.

A $20 magnifying hood is a good start. It can be used to stone/grind existing tools into camera-useful ones and that's where screwdrivers would come from.

Ron Chappel , Oct 16, 2004; 08:20 a.m.

Yep-microtools will have what you want.
Or just buy cheapies and modify them on a bench grinder
Beware of super difficult screws that will defeat even the best screwdrivers-use good bolt loosening fluids if there are any problems.And remember to give tight screws a sharp tap to crack them loose (where it is safe to do so!)
If you need philips tipped screwdrivers the sizes for cameras are '0','00' and the smallest but rarely needed '000'.There is no substitute for good quality screwdrivers when dealing with tight philips screws

All the best with it!

Brooke Read , Oct 16, 2004; 09:06 a.m.

Hi, Bill - You probably need a set of "JIS" screwdrivers. The tips may look identical to Philips, but the slots are much narrower, and the taper angle of the point is a bit different. Philips drivers will damage the JIS screw heads. As posted above, Micro-Tools is one good source. Also check Wiha Tools and Jensen Tools. I use a set of the Wiha drivers and they're worth the extra cost, IMO. Buy a quality set, treat then with respect, and they'll last you for life. The size I seem to use most is 00 and 000. Good luck with your project!

Steven Clark , Oct 16, 2004; 12:19 p.m.

You might also try Sears. I was able to buy up to 000 phillips there.

richard oleson , Oct 16, 2004; 04:51 p.m.

I like the "Wiha" screwdrivers, they are uncommonly durable and precisely made. However, I find the flat-blade ones have the blades substantially too thick for camera screws and I have to grind them down thinner. They still last a very long time after that, though, they are a good investment.

Ron Chappel , Oct 16, 2004; 05:09 p.m.

Interesting comments Brooke.
That would explain some issues i've had with certain screwdriver brands.
I was buying snap-on brand '00' size and they just didn't quite fit most screws perfectly.I was breaking the tips off them and going through one every 2 months on average!

Kelly Flanigan , Oct 16, 2004; 05:35 p.m.

Small screwdrivers vary radically in quality. I bought an expensive Swiss made set wehn in Singapore; and a watch repair shop. It had about three sets of replacement tips for each size. Sometimes in camera repair one sharpens the screwdriver just to custom fit one type of cameras screw; to reduce ruining the screw head. Sometimes the cheapie sets are also of decent value too. I probably have bought one set of the cheapies a year since 1965. If I find a gem set; I buy a mess of them. Sets are often no name brands. A friend bought the same "Swiss set" like mine a year or two later; and they were just average; but the same high price. The source for these screwdrivers is always varying; so take a brand name with a grain of salt.

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