After a few years of saying, that is my mom will dig out my dad's camera equipment in the storeroom.
Today, after selling off my guitar amp, I decided to dig it out myself, since also in the pre-moving house mood.
Took less than a couple minutes for me to find out where it is, since I saw a camera bag.
(Well, you will notice a camera bag, if you seen enough of it, or you're a photographer.)
With anticipation and excitement, I open it up, saw a Nikon lens cap.
Dang! My dad is a Nikon user too!
Saw another pile covered in cloth, I quickly unwrapped it, and I found a Nikon F3HP + Nikon AIS 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, and at the other side it was a camera flash, Nikon SB16.
Not surprised that the lens is full of fungus, man it has been 19 years since my dad has passed away, the puny 3 packets of silica gel is not going to last that long.
Camera body itself is in excellent condition, though the mirror and prism has minor fungus too, and the film back side-lining has dried out.
Flash is probably quite gg in my opinion, cause the batteries are in, means that it will probably corrode by now, and true it has.
Cleanup and remove all those corroded stuff, slot in new batteries, but doesn't seem to power on.
Anyways, I will attempt to bring everything to life once again, it's a memorabilia of my dad (which I have almost close to none memories of him), so I want to service it myself.
Camera body: Probably the easiest for me to service.
Lens: Not that easy, and not that hard also. Probably will look up on the net to find step by step lens cleaning, will probably ask fatigue on Clubsnap for tips if he don't mind sharing.
Flash: This is probably the hardest, don't even know whether the circuit itself is spoil by long years of non-usage, or the contacts that are damaged by the corroding stuffs (which is cleared away by me already though).
Will spend a bit of time daily on it, to bring the equipments to life.
Mechanical tested the F3HP, winding ok, shutter speed ok, left putting a roll of film into test for the accuracy of shutter speed.
(Cleaned the mirror, bottom prism, exterior viewfinder, detach/screw-out/cleaned focusing screen.)
Other than that, the illumination in the prism doesn't seem to work (even with fresh batteries for the body), light seal foam has deteriorated, and I'm not able to clean 2 parts of fungus.
1) Internal of the prism, from what I figured, I need to strip the rubber seal (probably to prevent water or dust to get in), and unscrew several mountings and disassemble few parts to reach it.
Not going to strip it, cause I'm not confident to glue the rubber seal back as of now.
2) In the middle of the focusing screen, same as above, it's glued in between the glass and acrylic plate.
The focusing screen suffer minor fungus/haze growth, but the internal prism (internal viewfinder) has major fungus in there.
I mean all these doesn't affect anything to the image, but it makes focusing and viewing through it distracting, and yes I did say I want to bring it to a good condition as much as possible.
Next, I will probably find out on replacing/buying light seal foams, after that is to strip the lens out for experimenting and cleaning.
Listening to: The Veronicas - Untouched
Watching: Going to watch Terminator 4: Salvation later
Playing: Did some maintenance to dad's equipment