I Can Fix It! by grizzlysghost

I Can Fix It!

We watched "Wreck It Ralph" yesterday afternoon and I have to say it was pretty decent! One of the characters in the movie was Fixit Feelix Jr. who had a magic hammer that could fix nearly anything, and he would tap the broken object and declare "I Can Fix It!"

I recently rebuilt this nice 1973 Rollei 35; it had ceased to function due to a series of bad choices leading to a stripped nylon gear integral to the winding mechanism. So I got it off ebay for a song and will resell it this week, now in perfect working order!

And the only tool I needed for tear-down and rebuild was this handy little screwdriver!

I Can Fix It! :)

Oh, and though I do enjoy natural indoor lighting, it was a bit late and shadows were too strong so I had to provide fill lighting. I just wasn't getting acceptable results with an off-camera, diffused flash so I opted for a reflector. See the setup here: http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/reflector1of1.jpg
Like the picture and the story!
November 4th, 2012  
Creative screwdriver! So, is that you on a third camera in the background then?
November 4th, 2012  
@archaeofrog Yep Katie, that's me in the background :)
November 4th, 2012  
Wow, I thought that was a Rollei 35 before I read your narrative - nice shot and nice job repairing it!
November 4th, 2012  
Pretty impressive skills (photo and repair)
November 4th, 2012  
Great shot! I like how you're DOF let's us see a blurry version of you. Very clever how you laid it out!
November 4th, 2012  
Cool shot, beautiful DoF.
November 5th, 2012  
Love your dop. Excellent screwdriver shot. I like the selfie, too.
November 5th, 2012  
Great shot all around Aaron!
November 5th, 2012  
Great job, Aaron and thanks for the setup link. This could be handy someday!
November 5th, 2012  
Impressive depth of field with focus on screwdriver! Cool selfie, too.
November 5th, 2012  
wow, you really got a lot into that one little photo.
November 5th, 2012  
If anyone can fix a camera Aaron, I would say it has to be you. You do have quiet the knack with all your toys.
November 5th, 2012  
We need to see that! Love the selfie, Aaron!
November 5th, 2012  
Hey Aaron, outstanding! Enjoyed the story, the photo and your set up. I think I have one of this year's Rollei's, same model, must go look. Good luck with your resale. Let us know how it turns out.
November 5th, 2012  
Excellent! Wouldn't that be great if that little screwdriver COULD fix anything and everything.
November 5th, 2012  
love the dof - fun selfie!
November 5th, 2012  
Great shot, great set up and great story...loved it all. Thank you.
November 5th, 2012  
Wow, so much happening here, cool photo especially with the selfie. I am really happy people are entering this challenge, it was really hard to pick a subject, but I am amazed by some of the photos. So glad you started this challenge Aaron.
November 5th, 2012  
@cathy366 Thanks Cathy! It's all about getting the creative juices flowing, and you don't have to go to the mountains, or the sea, or find that perfect ladybug to do it :)
November 5th, 2012  
Brilliant shot and selfie Aaron.
November 5th, 2012  
Great shot and dof selfie! Fav! Great fix it story! Job well done!!
November 5th, 2012  
What a great shot and story to go along with it! Very impressive that you have the know-how to do that. Are you listing it on Ebay?
November 5th, 2012  
@hankinsphoto Thanks Steve, I will probably put it up on ebay tomorrow (Tuesday).
November 5th, 2012  
Great picture, story and camera.
November 5th, 2012  
Well done Mr Fixit
November 5th, 2012  
great focus - love you in the background too - a fab shot!
November 5th, 2012  
Kim
great shot! do you shoot film at all anymore? I have been researching film lately and realizing how much I miss the way film looks over digital. Thinking of trying some out again, but I don't know if I can be that patient to wait for mailing out the film for processing.
November 6th, 2012  
@kimgrowsup I sure do Kim! I am trying to get comfortable with my new digital, but I do have an old Bantam loaded and ready to go in my camera bag! Patience is the best thing about film! :)
November 6th, 2012  
Cool shot Aaron - and your set up info makes me realise that I should tried harder indoors - not just turn a lamp on!
November 7th, 2012  
WOW, that's interesting, since I just logged on 365 and came over to your project to ask what you thought of my idea to maybe buy a few knackered ebay cameras and do them up, and how hard that was. And here you are!
As my interest in photos stays steady, my love of cameras is expanding. I keep seeing only slightly broken cameras that need a good clean, new seals, new leatherette, etc. So you think its realistic to teach myself the skills? I know how a camera works pretty well. I think I just want a tinker.
November 16th, 2012  
@chewyteeth I absolutely think it's realistic! The camera in the photo just needed a gear fixed (the cycle was also out of synch so I had to address that first.) Bought it on ebay for $48 and sold it for $315. Over time you will figure out the best ones to buy. I would definitely look out for old voigtlanders that sellers claim have shutter or winding problems, many of them are perfect (the shutter won't work on many of them unless the geared spindle inside the film compartment is turned first). These can be gotten for a steal and resold very well. Keep it cheap so any tinkering you do is relatively risk-free. Stick with popular name brands though so you can sell them again "As Is" and for parts if you mess them up; you can usually get back what you put into them as long as they are desirable. And honestly, if I can figure them out anyone can; you just have to get in there and see what's what. Good luck!
November 16th, 2012  
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