Ilford Sportsman

This Ilford Sportsman (Style 3/1959) was being sold as untested and I bought it for £4.20. It has lots of little problems but the one that I thought I should tackle first was one of the lens elements was misted, not mentioning fungus at this point. Like so many cameras this one have a feeling of spending its latter life forgotten in an attic, so lots dirt and lots of pieces of leather from the decaying case. The forward element in the view finder has some, what looks like liquid damage on the inside. The shutter works but fails every twenty shots or so. The good news is that the focus is smooth, aperture ring and camera winding mechanism works.

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The vario shutter assembly is held in place by four screws and is a really impressive piece of engineering. There is a great post about stripping it down on a forum called the camera collector. The top of the camera is held in place with the rewind knob, a small screw on top and another at the side. The old grease had collected a lot of junk over the years including pieces of rough casting from the carcass of the camera. I unscrewed the three small grub screws from the focus ring and cleaned the misty element with a pec pad and eclipse cleaning fluid. The misting turned out to be a thumb print, lots of signs of previous work inside this camera including a scribbed name. I gave the rest of the camera a good clean and reassembled to keep all the parts together. This project is ongoing, I still need to adjust the focus ring and I have a desire to paint and replace the grip.

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