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I recently saw a MkVIII on ebay and couldn't resist it!   I did a deal and it arrived today and appears so far to be in good condition, but I've had to send for a copy of the manual as some of the controls seem to be stuck.

Serial number is 3/12186/2 with cam for the range finder SS3491578.  It seems to be from 1964/65 as far as I can find out.  Words of advice and experience would be welcome!

Hi there

i have 2 mk 8’s and both on purchase the controls and movements were on the verge of being seized

this in spite of the whole cameras looking in very good condition

a complete strip down and reassembly with a touch of lube in the right places sorted them out

i have a mk7 as well seems a lot better camera compared to the mk8’s

if in can be of any help shout out..i have a mk8 manual which you can have as a pdf.

A copy of the MKVIII manual can be loaded from the link below:

Thanks for the input!   All useful stuff.  I've done a fairly complete service of all the moving bits, including the rotating back, and all seems well.  The range finder (I've never used one of those!)  is the big bugbear.  It would be nice to get it working properly, if only to improve the resale value, but it may be beyond me.  The vertical alignment is slightly out, and I can't correct it, in spite of sage advice from Neil Wright in the old GAZ editions.  The cam has a red dot, indicating a 180mm lens (although the length of the cam is 58.76mm, rather shorter than specifications) and a serial number of SS8491578; a Schneider Symmar of about 1963/64 if I'm correct.  Someone out there may have that lens?  The camera as purchased had a Angulon 90mm lens, which needs some attention; I was proposing to use a 135mm or 150mm, preferably the latter, but not easy to get hold of now, at reasonable money anyway.  I did get a 135mm on the wrong board, thinking I could swap it to a Mk VIII board, but the wretched thing won't shift; I can't unscrew it nohow.  Anyone any ideas as to how to shift it?  What are the boards made of - will they tolerate penetrating fluid, or isopropyl alcohol cleaner perhaps, in an attempt to release the lens?

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