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Konair 35 Insides

This is a Konair 35 rangefinder featuring a 45mm f/1.9 T.K.C Super Color Sygmar lens.  Shutter speeds are 1 – 1/400 and B, and it has a 5-blade leaf shutter.  It looks identical to this Windsor Deluxe.

Konair 35

Konair 35

The shutter is cocked with the lever on the top of the lens, and there’s a self-timer lever on the bottom.  Neither functioned properly when I got it.

Konair 35 - Lens Opened

Konair 35 - Lens Opened

Nothing was broken inside, just in dire need of some lubrication.  Much of the timing is handled by tiny metal wires that just provide a little tension.  Some of them aren’t as tight as they once were… I think that’s why bulb still doesn’t work very well.  There’s an arm that blocks the shutter from moving, and when you release the shutter it looks like a springy wire is supposed to pull that arm away.  It doesn’t pull hard enough, though.

Konair 35 - Shutter Mechanism

Konair 35 - Shutter Mechanism

The slow-speed mechanism is on the right side of the above picture.  I lost the metal tensioning wire, so speeds under 1/25th don’t work anymore.

Konair 35 - Self Timer

Konair 35 - Self Timer

Above is the self-timer.  The metal horseshoe shaped piece on the left bounces back and forth as the gears rotate, and that bouncing slows them down.  The arm that releases the timer when the shutter is pressed was horribly bent.  I was unable to get it back to normal, but by bending it out of the way the timer works, it just doesn’t latch.  As soon as you release the lever the timer begins.

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