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"Unsmooth" film advance in RTS II. How to fix?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: "Unsmooth" film advance in RTS II. How to fix? Reply with quote

I hope to pick a brain or two. I have a Contax RTS II, that is functioning normally, apart from the fact that winding is a bit gritty and "ratchetty". I would expect this to go much smoother in this model. Is there a way to fix this? Is there bits in there that need lubrication?

I appreciate all the pointers I can get..


PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's ask again

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a few cameras with built-in motors: Canons T70 and T90, Nikons F4s and N80. All four of these cameras have smooth film advances. But! I have owned several motor drives that sounded like nuts and bolts rattling around inside a tin can. Yet I've owned others of these same models that were relatively quiet. One I even dismantled to see if I could spot any obvious points of wear. It was a Pentax LX Winder. I tried and tested and poked and prodded and I couldn't find anything. But the sound it made was really annoying. So I took a chance and bought another one, which turned out to be much quieter. I've been through this same thing with a Canon Motor Drive MA (A-1 and AE-1P). It sounded like it was flying apart, and I knew this wasn't normal because I've owned copies of this drive before. So I sold it and tried my luck with another, which turned out to be much quieter.

What I've assumed from these experiences was that these drives just had experienced a lot more use than others might have. I would probably make that same assumption with the RTS II. Especially if it displays a significant amount of wear that can be seen.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Realistically, all you can do is to take the bottom plate off and see if anything jumps out at you. Going in deeper than that is a domain of the trained professionals.