Ansco Rediflex

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Aug 29
2011

Last Friday I picked up an Ansco Rediflex TLR camera at a church rummage for 50 cents. It was beat up, dirty and I wasn’t even sure it would still work.

I figured that for 50 cents it would make a good piece to try to clean up and get working again.  If worse came to worse I could toss it on my desk as the start of an old camera collection. I mean, we all have to start somewhere right?

I didn’t document this clean/fix as well as I wanted but that’s mainly due to the cleaning solutions I used. My hands covered in dirty and grease I didn’t really want to grab my camera every couple of seconds. So with that said, here are a few before and after shots…

Ansco Rediflex – Before

Unclean - Front

Unclean - Front

Unclean - Front close-up

Unclean - Front close-up

Unclean - Rusted Top

Unclean - Rusted Top

Unclean - Looking Glass. (iPod shot)

Unclean - Looking Glass. (iPod shot)

Unclean - Dismantled

Unclean - Dismantled

Unclean - Shutter Mech. (iPod shot)

Unclean - Shutter Mech. (iPod shot)

As you can tell it wasn’t in that bad of shape. The sides are dinged up, there was a lot of dirt and even some rust.  The glass was coated in filth but came clean pretty easily – and it wasn’t found to be scratched.

The saving point for me, besides the camera costing next to nothing, was that I had no expectations for the outcome. If it worked, great. If not, it’s still a decent looking camera to leave sitting out.

Ansco Rediflex – After

Cleaned Up - Side

Cleaned Up - Side

Cleaned Up - Through the Looking Glass

Cleaned Up - Through the Looking Glass

I wish I had thought this clean through so I could have taken a “before” picture “through the looking glass”. Oh well, live and learn.

This camera takes 620 film, which from what I’ve read has been discontinued. However, on the bright side, 620 is the same length and width as 120 film – only the spool is a different size. Since this camera has a roll of film in it (do I dare try to get it developed?) I have two 620 spools. Which means I’ll be able to re-spool 120 film onto it and give this camera a try.

Once I do, I’ll make sure to post some pictures.  Of course, having never re-spooled film I could be in for a new adventure.

Details

  • Cleaned dust/dirty from body outside
  • Dismantled camera
  • Cleaned all glass (lenses, looking glass)
  • Cleaned dust/dirt from body inside
  • Reattached internal mirror and cleaned
  • Fixed viewing hood mechanism
  • Fixed spool carrier/holder
  • Reassembled and wiped down camera

One last thing – the camera didn’t come with a manual but I happened to find it online here.

 

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  • Sep 3, 2011
    @ 5:53AM

    Eric Burdo says:

    Sounds like a cool hobby… I’ve found several old cameras at the local GoodWill store here…

     
  • Sep 3, 2011
    @ 1:13PM

    Dan says:

    I picked up a few Polaroid cameras at GoodWill last year – with the Impossible Project and all that I thought who knows?!

    But sadly I rarely find any other old cameras there. Maybe someone else is beating me to all the good stuff!

     
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    @ 3:24AM

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