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How to Clean and Mod the Beam Splitter in a Rangefinder Camera

Posted On: May 25, 2019   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

I recently collaborated with Chris from filmismorefun and made a video about how to clean the beam splitter in your rangefinder camera as well as how to improve the rangefinder patch too. This is an advanced tutorial with great results.
Warning : This type of technique can damage your equipment. Proceed with it at your own risk.
As you can see in the 3-minute video above, it's a very easy procedure, and although we present the Yashica Electro 35 as an example in the tutorial, I already used the same process on my Canon Canonet QL19 with the same excellent results. The beam splitter has a delicate coating on it, so it is important to use caution when cleaning it.
Here's what I use for the cleaning process, in detail.
VisibleDust Sensor Cleaning
Use a cleaning solution on a sensor cleaning tool to clean both sides of the glass.
Rosco Color Gels for Speedlight Flash
I use a 1/3 stop gel, but you can use a strong gel, like 2/3 or 1 stop. It depends on how bad your focus patch is. And I...

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