Konica AR T3 Stuck

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by davecaz, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Hi,

    Mark's recent generous posting of the Modern Photography article on the original Konica AR T got me thinking, so I pulled out my Konicas, to see what I had. My closest match is a T3, which I take to be 2 generations newer. It's in nice shape and seems well built but, in exercising all of the shutter speeds (because of another Modern article), the shutter got stuck, wide open.

    Initially, I tried the middle speeds, since that's where the dial was set when I picked it up. No problems at 125. 250 and 500 sounded too similar, but there was no obvious sticking. The first problem showed up at 1/1000. Just a hesitation, at first, then progressing to sticking open about half the time, but easily fixed. I was able to release it by removing the lens and sliding-and-releasing the ring inside the mount that controls it one or several times.

    After a few dozen firings, it seemed like it was heading back towards normalcy, so I started working my way down the speed settings. 1/60 seemed slow, but didn't stick. 1/30 stuck fast on the second try, and there it remains. It seems that no amount of jiggling and sliding is going to free it. There is a little doohickey visible in the mount (when it's working) that I know needs to move when the shutter resets, and it's not moving. But, I don't know if the non-moving doohickey is cause or effect or just a coincidence.

    Suggestions? It seems like the usual "old dry grease" issue, but I don't know if applying heat works for these cameras. Thanks!

  2. No one? Really? All this brain power and experience, and no one has a thought to share? Not even an "It's dead, Jim"?

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