I saw this Halina 35X in a local charity shop window in Inverness and it seduced me with its high polish and weight. It was sold as a display item and it may well stay that way. Cosmetically the camera is very nice but the lens has major issues. The shutter speed ring rotates but feels disconnected, the shutter works but the focus rings are very tight, no doubt due to solidified grease. There is also a little rattle inside which is a worry. I will be using a guide 'Halina 35x On The Slab' while working on this camera. It is a rather nifty, well written blog.
The grip/cover material was easily peeled away from the body; the adhesive has turned into dust. The fours screws were easy to remove but the plate took some persuasion, gently tapping onto a wooden dowel from inside. The three little grub screws were loosened and then it unscrewed/separated. The little rattle was a small brass stop used for the focus ring, looking at its thread I would guess that someone had forced the focus ring rather than it becoming loose. As the post I linked to above also mentions, the grease used in this camera is nothing short of evil. It has become a glue.
I stripped down the lens part and cleaned it, also the two chrome parts of the shutter half. I didn't want any of that green muck left inside the camera before I reassembled it. Since the shutter is working I am not going to strip it down but I still need to adjust the focus ring. I will continue to strip the body down to clean and to get rid of the old grip adhesive which has turned into a very messy dust. This will be the first camera I will replace the grip although I need to research a little into what is the best adhesive; I intend to recycle leather from a handbag for this. I paid £12.50 for this camera and to be honest I think that's too much based on its construction, poor machining and soft brass screws gives it a rough, unfinished feel.
More to come...