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adamgarrickrobins



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:48 pm    Post subject: Kalart range-finder repair Reply with quote

I have a Speed Graphic with a side-mounted Kalart rangefinder. I do have the appropriate cam for my lens. I was unable to get any sort of image through the rangefinder and, upon deconstruction of this bit of equipment, I noticed that both of my mirrors are so de-silvered that they are essentially just glass.

Is there a source for NOS mirrors or replacement mirrors for these? Is my only option really to try and buy another rangefinder? Does anyone re-silver these sorts of mirrors or perform RF repair?

Thanks in advance,
Adam
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.graflex.org >technical information>Fixing Bad Mirrors in Rangefinders and Adjusting your Kalart Rangefinder.
http://www.graflex.org/technical-information.html

The Kalart and Hugo Meyer SIDE rangefinders DO NOT use cams.

The Graphic TOP rangefinder DOES use cams.
Repair info:
http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/TRFService.pdf

http://www.southbristolviews.com/ graflex manuals link on the left for more useful manuals.

www.scientificsonline.com >search=mirror
http://www.scientificsonline.com/first-surface-flat-mirror-10031.html
http://www.scientificsonline.com/mirror-type-beamsplitter.html probably made of polycarbonate, cut with a Plexiglas cutter.
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adamgarrickrobins



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, 45PSS!

That article by Ed Romney plus the links to the items are just what I needed.

I am using the wrong term. I have this arm that goes from the rangefinder to the focusing bed. I am not sure what it is called. It moves the insides of the Kalart RF, so it must be for something. It was not functioning and not connected fully when I bought the camera, but then again the seller was clear that it was non-functioning so it wasn't a nasty surprise.

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Adam
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your in initial question type gets asked several times a year so you have your work cut out for you.

If you search (this site's search function) for Kalart you will get 498 posts to read thru; if you search for keyword kalart rangefinder then select search for all the terms you get 294 posts. You can refine further by selecting the fourm.

Somewhere in the first 4 years of posts (2001-2005) is the information on how to connect and adjust the arm.

This may be of help also:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~lommen9/kalart/index.html
I cannot vouch for the information found there.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured I was asking the question that has been asked many times before, but numerous Google searches hadn't returned anything even half as useful as your first reply here to this post.

I am going to get those replacement mirrors and then go from there. The worst that may happen is that I don't get it working again, but I think I have a good shot of getting it to work.


Thank you for all your help!


Adam
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