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bgs

Bratislava, SK
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bgs Administrator One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources Charter Member
Sat 16-Feb-02 02:58 PM

(This topic is a repost from the old server)

Hi! Hola!

My father is 70 y.o. and cannot focus with his manual lenses. So he bought himself an Olympus IS-30 DLX AF and gave me as a Christmas' gift his beloved FM set.
Thank you, Santa!

This is a 1983 model and it was never serviced, so as I cleaned it, I've found that looking up into the body (through the lens opening) there is a small and narrow piece of sponge (foam rubber?) at the fresnel glass edge. I think that this sponge acts like some kind of "shock absorber" to the mirror that lays behind it, when it goes up when someone shoots. It's the same kind of sponge that you can find in the F80's "window" where you can check the film characteristics, at the inside of the back of the body.

This sponge in the FM looks like it is desintegrating. I know that with the pass of the years, things began to become "aged": rubber cracks, oil dries, etc.

My questions are:
- must I send the camera to service or this is something that I've not to worry about?

- Is there something that I can do myself: cleaning the fresnel glass, the mirror, oil it?

- Is there any "maintenance list" that I've to follow?

Looking through the viewfinder, the screen looks dirty: this is the result of dust building up on the fresnel glass or onto the mirror? These can be cleaned with lens cleaner and microfiber cloth?
I use Kodak's lens cleaner (CAT 176 7136) for the lenses: can I use it here?

Any comments/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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