Nikomat Film Rewind Crank Replacement

Recorded on October 31st, 2016

Last night, the film rewind crank loosened and came off my Nikomat FTN and fell on the floor during a show at my friend’s bar (1984 Barcade in Wilmington). I didn’t know it at the time, in the dark, but a small metal spring must have also popped off from the underside of the rewind crank “cap”. That spring holds the rewind lever down in the crank assembly when it’s not in use. Without it, the lever flops around whenever the camera isn’t positioned straight up.

I just ordered a junked FTN body from eBay for $6 plus shipping. It looks to have a proper rewind crank on it. We’ll see how well it works to swap in the missing spring when it gets here.

Also, last night was the first time I didn’t post an entry to this blog since I started my daily posts back in February. Well, that sucks, but I’m gonna keep going from here. Maybe I’ll tack on an extra day at the end like when school kids have to make up snow days at the end of the term.

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