All, I have just acquired an absolute mint F2SB - no visible sign of use anywhere. I need to have the mirror box foam replaced. My local store can do it, but I'd like to find out if there is a repair facility that will take extra care not to mark the body in any way. Any recommendations? TIA, Bob
If you mean the foam pad that cushions the mirror as it flies up, you could fix it yourself with reasonable care. The firm, grey or black foam that's used for packing computers works just fine.
Use a scalpel or similar blade to cut the new pad to shape, and back it with double-side carpet tape. Very carefully scrape off the mortal remains of the original pad using wooden toothpicks, q-tips, and maybe a little alcohol (on the camera, not to drink!). Clean the seating surface thoroughly. Make sure none of the flaking goop gets on the mirror surface. Remove the backing from the carpet tape, and, holding the new pad, carefully ease it into place and press it down to let the adhesive grip.
If you're uncertain of your abilities, make three or four dummy pads and do a couple of practice runs first
When you're done, take a look at the seal on the right hand side of the camera back, next to the hinge. If it looks suspect, do that one too.
You'll only have to do this once every twenty five years, so once you're finished you can go up till 2026 until you have to repeat the exercise. That might be a good time to have a major, 50 year service done, too!
Mike, Apparently I've been a Nikonian for almost ever; I just didn't know there was a technical name for me! The F2SB came as part of a two-body aacquisition. Some guy came into our local camera store and unloaded a closet full - 7 bodies and 16 lenses. Most have never been used. In addition to the F2SB I picked up an unused 50/1.4 pre-AI to put on it, and a F3HP still in the box with sealed package of papers and the shutter and base-plate protector still intact. I can also pick up a 55/1.2, also unused, if you know of anyone who wants one. Regards, Bob