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Perfex Speed Candid... In Need of Love


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I managed to score a Perfex Speed Candid for $3.00 a while back at,

of all things, a car parts swap meet. In fact, it was at the same

place where I bought the Honda CL450 motorcycle that I photographed

with the Leica IIIa in an earlier posting. However, unlike the

solidly engineered and built Honda, the Perfex is in need of loving

care. I would appreciate help on the following things:


1. What is the size of the winding knob? It is missing in my

example. I need to know the size (width and height) of the original

so I can have a new one fabricated. A close-up picture would also be



2. How hard is a shutter curtain replacement? This example's second

curtain is badly wrinkled, and leaks light. The shutter itself works

fine, but the curtain needs replaced.


3. Is the shutter coupled with the film winding, i.e. does winding

the film cock the shutter? I have yet to disassemble the camera, and

was wondering if the shutter needed to be cocked by winding the

shutter knob, as well as needing the film wound seperately. Seems

like a complicated, un-ergonomic camera to use. Wind the film, WIND

the shutter to cock it, determine exposure through extinction meter,

calculate exposure through exposure calculator on back, select the

shutter speed, select f-stop, focus the lens with uncoupled

rangefinder (missing on my example), transfer focus setting to lens,

look through viewfinder on FAR RIGHT of camera, and take picture by

pushing shutter release on FRONT LEFT. Then again, I like a good



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Forgot to mention this earlier, but the exposure calculator on the back has even faster f-stops than f3.5 (the largest aperture on the standard, Graf Perfex Anastigmat lens). These extra f-stops are f2.8, f2.0, and f1.5. Who knows, maybe Perfex planned to market additional, faster, standard lenses for their Speed Candid camera.
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