GW690III arrived with stuck film door...fixable?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by L_E_Miller, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. L_E_Miller

    L_E_Miller Member

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    Bought a GW690III on eBay from what seemed like a very reputable dealer.

    Unfortunately it arrived with the film door release broken. You lift it up and nothing happens.

    The frustrating part is I can see marks on the camera where someone clearly tried to pry the door open with a knife.

    Is this something I might be able to fix myself? I'd really rather not pay return shipping to Japan if this is something I can deal with...
     
  2. wyofilm

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    Have you asked the seller to make it right? Some sellers work hard to maintain their ratings. For myself I don't buy ebay unless the seller is 99.x%+, and then if it isn't 100% I read the negative feedback.
     
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    Yes, I've already inquired about a refund. They had 99.3% feedback on nearly 4000 sales.
     
  4. joby

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    in order to release the film door, the tab needs to be flipped open and then pushed towards the bottom plate. took me a second to figure that out when i received mine today. hopefully that's all that is going on, if not, hopefully the seller makes it right.

    good luck!
     
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    So that actually worked.

    The fact that the door is covered in knife marks convinced me it was broken.

    I suppose a previous owner couldn't figure it out either.

    And then everyone was embarrassed.

    Happy shooting!
     
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    yay!

    now let both of our test rolls tomorrow be successful!
     
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