|The Pax with complete lens and shutter
removed exposing the nasty looking rangefinder cam follower in the lens
On top is the simple rangefinder consisting of a small mirror on the
left and a semi-silvered on the right.
Satoshi: The Pax received a complete overhaul. It
had several problems that needed correcting. The shutter was not
operable at all due to a broken part (shown here in the vise).
I've given it a new lease of life, but go easy on it all the same.
I also stripped down the lens helicoid for cleaning and re-lubing before
assembling and calibrating the lot.
|An uncommon faux gold version of the
Japanese Pax camera. This is a low cost and small-sized
Leica copy of cheap construction. It is however, perfectly usable
with both rangefinder focusing and three or four shutter speeds.
Lenses are not interchangeable and the camera is around about 3/4 the
size of an e39 Leica.
|On the left is the dirty helicoid, down
below is the freshly cleaned version. Care must be taken to
assemble these parts in the correct order.
|This badly made piece is part of the
shutter assembly. In this camera it had been forcibly broken,
however, it would not haven taken much force to do so.
The hammer does not completely surround the shaft as it should.
|View of the rear of the lens-shutter
assembly after removing it from the body. On the left is the focus
ring. The lever sticking out of the main barrel in the centre
below is the shutter trigger. The broken part sits on the far end
of this piece.