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Rob Alexander

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  1. It's a bit of a beater camera so I'm not entirely worried about killing it - although obviously it'd be nice not to, ha! I took apart the front part of the lens earlier on to give it a clean (there was a fair amount of dust kicking around on the rear of the front elements) an dwhile it was open gave the zoom mechanism a gentle blow through with some compressed air and this seems to have dislodged whatever small grit was causing the scratching sound! There does seem to be a little friction still towards the wide end of the lever's throw, alas, which I am assuming is likely to do with the small rails this runs along being dry (I assume these would've been lubricated in the first instance, certainly the upper one seemed to have been at some point) so I shall have to try and find some suitable grease and perhaps give them a small dab... If that doesn't work then perhaps I'll have to dive in a little further. Thanks for the advice, Dom! ☺️
  2. Hi all! Kept finding myself reading various old threads from here while Googling various Super 8 related problems and so figured it was probably time to get involved and actually sign up! ☺️ I've got a little issue with a recently acquired Canon 514XL in that it has a slightly dry, scratchy sounding zoom mechanism. The power zoom also seems to be a little sluggish in comparison to the 310 that I've got. I assume this requires some lubrication of the zoom threads/mechanism and so was wondering if anyone had ever undertaken such a task and what sorts of things would be appropriate to use (watch oils etc.?)
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