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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2012 at 22:50
I've used Eclipse sensor cleaning fluid. Just put a few drops either side if the wheel and allow to soak in and then turn th wheel rapidly to and fro (Eclipse evaporates very quickly). It gets into the parts where other solutions cannot reach and it's workd perfectly for me on at least 2 A700's. Just another means to an end (assuming you have a wet sensor kit).
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I wanted to bump this for an update... so last may, I posted a thread on this issue and thank again to Photosopher for posting this "how to..." thread. But here in Canada, we don't have Radio Shacks... At the time I didn't know The Source is basically the same, I went to London Drugs looking for the the Electronics Cleaner spray but they only had the compressed air sprays. I figured, I'd just try it. And it worked.

But this week, the issue came back and this time it's happening to both the front AND the rear dials... I tried using the same compressed air method that I used last time, but it didn't work this time.

so I went to The Source today, I asked about electronics cleaners, and they had this:


I followed the steps (from page 1) and thank goodness, it worked right away!

I just wanted to update this for the Canadian members.

and FYI, it was $10 for the can

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 December 2012 at 03:48
Awesome TrainerKen! Good info.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jasz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 December 2012 at 22:13
The front dial on my α-9 skips, is this procedure really safe to try? Just spray a little and it should be fine?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 December 2012 at 00:45
Originally posted by jasz jasz wrote:

The front dial on my α-9 skips, is this procedure really safe to try? Just spray a little and it should be fine?


yes , it's very safe. your just cleaning the muck off the contact's.

in the case of the alpha 9 ( i assume your meaning the alpha/dynax/maxxum 9 film camera and not a typo for the sony a900)remove the batteries before cleaning and do this when there is no film in it.
i've cleaned the dail's on my dynax 7 and a100 the same way.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jasz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 December 2012 at 02:44
Thanks neilt3 for the reassurance. I did want to hear from another film camera user.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GrahamB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 December 2012 at 13:32
I'm sure that trainerKEN's product will be fine. An industry standard is this product from CRC. One may find it at electronic parts vendors, or almost any auto parts store, and should be widely available (at least US/Europe).

Make sure any contact cleaner you choose features QD (quick dry), and "plastic safe".

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pallanza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 December 2012 at 14:53
Very helpful "manual" indeed.

At my A77, the on-off-switch is running very hard / rough.

Can I use this procedure here too?
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In the UK Maplin stock Servisol Super 10 Switch Cleaning Fluid which appears to do the same job. I haven't used it on a camera but I have used it on many other switches always with success.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote trainerKEN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 December 2012 at 10:15
Originally posted by Pallanza Pallanza wrote:

Very helpful "manual" indeed.

At my A77, the on-off-switch is running very hard / rough.

Can I use this procedure here too?


I used it on mine because my a77's on/off switch the was starting to stick, as in becoming rather hard to turn on and off, so I sprayed a little there too (but I took the batteries out first so I could flip the switch on and off without actually turning the camera on and off repeatedly, something you'd want to do before the stuff evaporates)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 December 2012 at 12:19
Great guide to cleaning the wheels and general detail cleaning. Thanks for taking the time Clyde, will certainly be using this in the future.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jasz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 December 2012 at 23:37
Hi, just a warning. I tried this on my α-9 film camera. The lubricant spray completely loosened the rubber grip that fits around the control wheel. Perhaps the rubber is glued to the wheel? Well, It's off the wheel now just floating around not connecting at all. Anyone know how to get it back on? Could I super glue it in sections? Meaning glue one section, turn a bit and glue the next section? Thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BUNS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2012 at 00:00
I use a blower on my front control wheel lasts about a month now frequency is getting shorter will give your technique a go next time. Cheers
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2012 at 00:25
Originally posted by jasz jasz wrote:

...The lubricant spray completely loosened the rubber grip (α-9 film camera) that fits around the control wheel...


Don't clean camera with lubricant spray. You want electronics cleaner.

Assuming you did use electronics cleaner, I guess it could possibly loosen any glue on an older camera. But I'd wager it was getting ready to go anyway. We must keep in mind that older cameras used lots of glue and foam to hold parts together. Over time, they become compromised with age. The older the camera, the more likely a problem. Hard to buy a film camera without deteriorated foam seal on film chamber or mirror box. And the leather covers often peel in corners. Not surprised to hear a control wheel came loose from grip.

Were it mine, I would disassemble as much as possible, and re-attach with rubber cement. I don't know how super glue reacts to rubber.

Good luck jasz. Let us know how it works out. And thanks for posting the problem to this thread.
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