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    Re: Linhof Super Technika V focus track removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    It was one of the nicknames, as was blackfish oil, a euphemism for pilot whale oil which was wonderful for lubricating cameras used in arctic conditions.

    It is difficult, sometimes impossible to synthesize some natural products. Gelatin is another one.
    In one of my old photo chem books, a recipe called out for sperm wax... I sure hope they mean whale!!!

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    Re: Linhof Super Technika V focus track removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Lakin View Post
    Hi Steve
    Although there was a Manxman on the Piquod there is no connection other than my typo, I should have typed Moly (Molybdenum Disulphide) grease not Moby
    Just stay away from the tall man with the tall hat... He will lead you to ruin... :-)

    I figured you mentioned moly, but I couldn't resist...

    Have fun!!!

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    Re: Linhof Super Technika V focus track removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Lakin View Post
    Hi
    Thanks for all your advice, I have managed to retract the focus rack sufficiently to access the drive cogs, all cleaned and lightly lubricated with Moby grease, focusing is now really smooth.

    Thanks again
    Please, get the oil out of your camera, for our own sake. A clean Linhof is so smooth that you don't have to oil it.

    I aquired a Technika V that was already oiled to make focusing smooth. The camera was quite "rocked", heavy used, as we say here in Germany. Leatherette was taken off, there were adhesive stickers everywhere ("G-Shock"). Range finder was taken off to save some weight. A shame, in my opinion, although I am not against pimping cameras. I felt I had to restore it. Now it's not 100% Linhof-original, but it works and its quite pleasant to look at.

    Appearently the grease that the man, who sold me the camera, proudly distributed (appearently some kind of teflon-oil mixture) evaporated when the sun shined on the metal body and the black bellows of this Technika. The sun heated the whole apparatus, the oil steamed out everywhere.

    There was a lot of microfine oil on the surface of the bellows. The bellows went sticky, tacky, adhesive, lost some parts of material when folding it out. The oil then intruded into the bellows, causing holes.

    Technika bellows are very delicate because to get a high extension they have to be long what causes problems when putting them back into the body, which is the reasen for their delicate thinness ...

    The oil started to stink like the motor compartment of a diesel locomotive. I had to disassemble the whole camera to get it out, change the bellows, remove the stinking stickers and the greasy parts of the remaining leatherette. Imagine the smell under the focusing cloth, in the warming sun of a 30C afternoon ... After heavy cleaning, the camera didn't stop to stink. But it's tolerable, some kind of of "steam punk" comes into mind.

    I was able to mount the new bellows, a chinese one, ecubuyonline, which is certainly one or to folds to long - so i cutted them of at the frontside, and then it worked, it's light tight and all fits into the housing. I don't buy Technika bellows for 200$ when I get one from China for 100$. The camera itself was 300$. A quite silly purchase, I behaved like a moron, only to get one of these highly appraised Technika V's. Now I am healed. Somebody here who wants it?

    When disassembling, e.g. to change a rotten bellows, you have to readjust the door opening (focusing bed) and the adjustable transport reception in the camera box. You will have to adjust the rangefinder, if you have one, as well as the ominous parallelism of the standard. You risk to ruin your Linhof forever, especially because they are very sensitive cameras, that fit well into a display cabinet but not on a real existing tripod out in the field.

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    Re: Linhof Super Technika V focus track removal

    Ah, it's not that bad IF you have the tools & brains to figure it out...

    Aluminium tracks get a sticky oxide on them over time, and should be polished to remove the oxide, then followed with an anti - oxide treatment like NO-OX-ID, and a trace of silicone grease over it to prevent further oxidation, and prevent seizing... That previous owner seemed to glop a petroleum base grease all over it, that outgassed... Bad!!!

    I got a TEK III many years ago, that had some impact damage to the bed area, and had been stored in an outside shed in the humid deep south (= corrosion), but the camera responded very well to restoration... Some pivots and slides were frozen in place, but freed, polished and lightly lubed worked very well!!! All in all, a good camera to restore properly... But I am a camera tech, and also have precision measuring tools, so using some logic, you can get it right... The cameras hold their old adjustments well, so if they haven't been tampered with, copy that setting before dissambly... But I don't bother with RF's, so don't ask me...

    I have seen previous comments from you about yours, but it sounds like someone messed with it, but better cameras to restore used than the one you have experience with, so keep the faith!!!

    If in doubt, send it out...

    Regards,

    Steve K

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