A little update, I sent my F2S to Sover Wong for checking and in his view, it had already been opened and repaired in the past and not up to standard. There was also so much fungus growing in the body that a replacement body would be a cheaper option to servicing it. This is a common issue with older cameras kept in humid climates (e.g. Japan).
So, I went with the replacement body option and now have a cleaned, calibrated and tested F2 body. The prism was also cleaned and recalibrated at the same time. All in all happy with the service and it was a fast turnaround for it.
Sover Wong F2 repair
After deciding to get back into ‘real’ aka ‘film’ photography I went to dust off my trusty Nikon FM2 35mm film camera. Alas, seems that the camera has decided only to wind on randomly now and again. It was working fine when it I put away some years ago, so it’s probably dried up bearings or something.
Years before, back when I was a teen and had hair, I worked as a copy-negger for a London studio. At the time the Nikon F2 had come out and was the de-facto standard for professional photographers and I have always desired one of them.
Enter Ebay! Found an F2S from 1972 that was ‘working except for the meter which is probably only a broken wire’ but the meter was ‘working on another body’ and put a bid on as it was cheap as chips. Then I found out how much it would cost to repair said ‘broken wire’ assuming it was that. The dirty prism was only dust on the mirror, easily cleaned, and the non-working meter just needed new batteries and a squirt of switch cleaner on the contacts. The two top LEDs are a bit dim so probably need replacing.
While waiting for that to be mailed, I saw another F2 (same year). An F2A with DP-11 ‘working’. I put a bid on that, and so ended up with two F2 bodies with the meter heads. This meter was not working every time though. The cause is probably a corroded switch in the winder, as it did work when I put new batteries into it but when the shutter fired it switched off and stayed off. Flicking the wind on/off a few times got the meter on again.
Both bodies and heads will be sent off for new light seals and a thorough clean and adjustment to Sover Wong when I get around to it.
Will post about my first test film later…
This is a new one, now pretending to be from the UK prime minister David Cameron MP instead of the usual Nigerian scam. This one asks for money up front to allegedly send you an ATM card to withdraw cash.
Some things to watch,
- Government bodies do not use from ymail, gmail, yahoo, hotmail or any other free email accounts.
- UK governments do not ask for USD$ payments.
- UK governments do not use American spellings.
PRIME MINISTER, OFFICE
TREASURY AND MINISTER FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
OUR REF: ATM/13470/IDR
PHONE: +447 -01294-7831,
I AM THE RT HON DAVID CAMERON MP,PRIME MINISTER, FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY AND MINISTER FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. THIS LETTER IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT (VISA/ATM MASTER CARD NUMBER 7302 7168 0041 0640) HAS BEEN ACCREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR. YOUR PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS 1592.THE ATM MASTER CARD VALUE IS £2,000,000.00(TWO MILLION, GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING).
THIS OFFICE WILL SEND YOU A VISA/ATM MASTER CARD THAT YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR FUNDS IN ANY ATM MACHINE CENTER OR VISA CARD OUTLET IN THE WORLD WITH A MAXIMUM OF £5000 GBP DAILY.FURTHER MORE,YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO RE-CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO ENABLE;THE RT HON WILLIAM HAGUE MP FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BRITISH FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS. BEGIN IN PROCESSING OF YOUR VISA/ATM MASTER CARD.
5.A COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY:…..
RT HON WILLIAM HAGUE
FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS
EMAIL; ([removed]@ymail.com) PHONE: +447 -01294-7831,
NOTE YOU ONLY NEED TO SEND SUM OF USD$85 FOR THE SHIPPING FEE OF YOUR ATM VISA CARD TO YOU TO HON WILLIAM HAGUE AND YOUR ATM VISA CARD WILL DELIVER TO YOU WITHIN 24H
USE THIS INFORMATION SEND THE SHIPPING FEE OF THE USD$85 TODAY.
1.RECEIVER NAME:……… OSITA JOHN
4.COUNTRY:…………. ……..BENIN REPUBLIC
5.CITY:…………… ……… COTONOU
7.YOUR COUNTRY NAME……………
9.THE AMOUNT YOU SEND:…………
TAKE NOTICE: THAT YOU ARE WARNED TO STOP FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(S) DIFFERENT FROM THE STAFF OF THE STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS TO AVOID HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT.
THE RT HON DAVID CAMERON MP
MR DON SAGAY
This email phishing scam for your email addresses and passwords received on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 Note how the sender hasn’t even set the details correctly.
Scam recognised by:
- Not addressed to you by name:
- Doesn’t have your email provider named
- Grammar and spelling errors
- illogical linking of Internet surfing and database space.
- Threats and warnings if not acted upon immediately
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Scam email Thu 27 Sep 2012 received for disposing of ‘charity project’
Hello My Dear,
With warm hearts I offer my friendship, and my greetings to you in the name of our lord God, and I hope this letter meets you in good time, I propose with my free mind and as a person of integrity from God, I know that this message will appear as a surprise to you that we barely know but the grace of God directed me to you and I wish you read this message and be blessed in name of the Lord.
I have a brain tumor; I suffer terribly at the moment. My doctor just informed me that my days are numbered because of my health therefore condemned to certain death. Currently, I have exhausted all my savings for my medical care.
But I do have some funds for my charity project; these funds are deposited in a fixed deposit in a local bank here in Benin. purposed for charitable foundation
My marital status is such that I’m single because I lost my Husband for over 9 years now and unfortunately we have not had a child together, which I am no one to leave my legacy . Therefore, to release my funds I would like to make a donation so that there is no stiff tax on my money.
To this I would so graceful and in order to help the poor to give what amounts to said legacy worth Nine million Euros (9,000,000 â‚¬) (Nine Million Euro) to enable you to establish a charitable foundation in my memory so that the grace of God be with me until my last home so I can receive an honorable place with the Lord our father.
I have no fear because before contacted you, i have for several nights prayed for the Lord God to give me the contact of a trusted person to whom I can entrust this matter and it is the result of why I am doing research that allowed me to contact you through this site.
Know that you can keep half of the money for yourself and the rest will be used to create a charitable foundation in my memory and a federation in the fight against cancer and also build orphanages. I would have the following information: Your name and first name, your exact address and your permanent telephone contact so I can forward them to my lawyer to appear that you perform the procedure under deal.
I count on your goodwill and especially on the proper use of these funds have something I do not doubt because I have great confidence in you that God may guide me toward you. mY private E-mail: [removed]
Awaiting your prompt reply, receive my cordial and fraternal greetings.
Mrs. Lilia Cojocaru
My Private email: [removed]
I have noticed the number of scam emails offering me money (usually tens of thousands of USD$) has increased dramatically during the last week. I am not sure if that is because I restarted this website but I must be on some new mailing list. I think as a service to all I am going to publish the scams and phishing attempts in this category.
Phishing attempts, for those not au-fait with the term, is where an individual attempts to get your bank, credit card or other personal details by subterfuge. Often the perpetrator will appear to be a foreign national or official in a high government office that needs your help, because ‘God’ told them you would help by answering their prayers, in disposing of several hundred thousand quid.
So, to show how similar they are and warn you of them, I’m going to post them all here. They are all fake, some are quite funny and inventive though. Do not reply to any of these kind of emails unless you want to empty your bank account or have your email account hijacked for their pleasure.
On a side note, I have started to play a game with them by forwarding their emails to each other, hopefully they will be able to assist each other as ‘God’ intended them to.
Welcome to the new David Butcher site,
Unfortunately my previous host (jumpline) managed to delete all my content so I moved to a new host last night.
I will be adding more ‘stuff’ to this later, possibly a twitter feed if I can get the thing working for now
Not sure why this says it was posted on the 6th either, today is the 21st! oh well.