Home Camera Repair

Posted 2009.09.20 15.43 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Hey, how hard can it be, right? Today we’re going to be working on an ‘antique’, a ~37 year old Canonet GIII QL17, mechanical manual-focus rangefinder camera.

First thing is, make sure before you get started that you’re fully prepared. Have all your tools ready, any spare parts or supplies that you’ll need, and for goodness sake, make sure your beer is handy. A clean and tidy well-lit work area is important too, though in a pinch, just shove stuff off to one side of your dimly-lit desk and keep a flashlight handy for when you need some light.

Camera Repair 1

Step two, dive right on in. Cameras are fairly simple things, as you can see in the pictures. Really it’s just a pound of metal and glass. It only seems complicated because they take that pound of metal and make it into about eleventy-million little springs and levers and ratcheting doo-hickeys. At the end of the day though, metal is still just metal, and glass is still just glass. Except when they make it out of some funky rare-earth crystal stuff.

Camera Repair 2

So once the camera is fixed, just put it back together by reversing the disassembly process.

That’s it – it’s just that easy.

Zebrafish Fry Update

Posted 2009.09.20 8.32 in Aquaria by Stephanie

fry3It’s been about a week and a half I think since the last update. And a difficult week and a half it’s been, for the fry. Their numbers are down to about 10 or 12 now – we lost almost a dozen in one day which I blame myself for. Overfeeding… leads to uneaten food spoiling, leads to foul water, leads to dead fishies.

Still, the ones who survived must be hardy, right? They’re still growing, up to about 7 or 8 mm long now in some cases. The biggest is starting to show fins, too! His tail is getting finny and he’s growing a fin down on his bottom. They’re all getting more fish-shaped, their bodies continuing to slowly grow.

fry2Cleaning is still tricky, it’s hard to syphon the water and poop without catching a few of the fry. Then I have to try and syphon the fry back up again, and as they get bigger, I’m sure the tube-ride is getting more hazardous for them. I’m still feeding them on the ‘first bites’ food, but still have no idea what the correct amount is.

It’s fun to watch them, and as they get bigger, it gets easier to see them. Still no easier to take pictures though, they’re still small and they scoot around like the grownup zebra fish do.