I just picked up a pristine, mint condition F5 body, box, cards and all that - looks like it was never used. I'm just getting back into photography after 12 years off, owned several F4's, F3, F and many different lenses. This thing isn't quite as intuitive as the F4s but I'll figure that part out in time - what I'm wondering is if there is a problem with the camera back lock release or if I'm doing something wrong.
So according to the instructions you must depress or move the lock lever before lifting the rewind crank, much as the F4 and F3 did - but at this time I can lift the crank without moving the lock and the lock seems to move freely from side to side. So does the lock need to be pushed/pulled to one side, snap into place or does it stay that way until a roll of film is in place?
#1. "RE: F5 Back Release Lock" | In response to Reply # 0Sun 13-Jan-13 04:40 AM
I actually have a film in my F5 at the moment, but I can still raise the crank arm, and indeed rotate it (which puts "back pressure" on the film). The locking pin should prevent the lock lever from moving I think. Is the locking pin sticking out?
It's all about the light
#2. "RE: F5 Back Release Lock" | In response to Reply # 1Sun 13-Jan-13 05:02 AM
>I actually have a film in my F5 at the moment, but I can still
>raise the crank arm, and indeed rotate it (which puts
>"back pressure" on the film). The locking pin should
>prevent the lock lever from moving I think. Is the locking pin
I am testing my memory but I think *without a film loaded* what you describe is correct behaviour.
It's all about the light
#3. "RE: F5 Back Release Lock" | In response to Reply # 0
I haven't looked under the rewind crank assembly on an F5, but since it uses a lot of the parts from the F4, it's probably the same. There's a spring that goes between the lock lever and a pin. It probably has popped off. To fix it, you need to remove the crank and the plate that's underneath the crank.
Removal/installation (for an F4 - like I said, probably the same):
1) Open back and remove it from the body.
2) Flip crank out, exposing screw.
3) While using one screwdriver inserted in the teeth of the rewind shaft, unscrew the screw holding the crank on.
4) Use snap ring pliers to expand the snap ring. Remove snap ring
5) Remove plate
6) Locate loose spring, hook it onto the lock lever, then, use a small slotted screwdriver to hook the other end onto the pin that's to the left. Lever pivots on the pin that's to the right.
7) Reinstall plate, snap ring, and crank.
8) Test function of the lock lever. If all is good, then proceed to #9
9) Reinstall back.
Hope this helps. Removing the back is important, since, to gain access to the back lock, if the rewind shaft drops into the body, requires removing the rewind side top cover. Had that happen on my previous F4s, when I was reverting it back to its original crank, so I could keep the nice one for my "new" F4, which needed one.
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