- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Joe Lippincott (August 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967207908
- ISBN-13: 978-0967207902
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...tells in easy-to-follow text and excellent detailed photographs how to buy, maintain, repair, and modify cameras, lenses, accessories..." -- Vol. 1, No.5 "Snapshots", publication of the Photo Historical Society of New En gland
"As an amateur camera enthusiast, this book helps me to finally bring some of my old cameras back to life." -- Gary Dicker, professional photographer and camera enthusiast, Putnam CT
"I am quite impressed with (Joe's) breadth of knowledge...information is both accurate and lucid..." -- Frank Marshman, CAMERA WIZ Camera Repair, Harrisonburg, VA
About the Author
Like the great majority of you, author Joe Lippincott has had no formal training as a camera repair technician, just a long-standing fascination with how photographic equipment functions and a great deal of satisfaction from making ailing cameras, lenses, and accessories work the way they should.
Lippincott has been and is a serious user, collector, and admirer of classic as well as antique and modern photographic equipment. He also has invented, adapted, and modified photo equipment for photojournalistic applications.
Joe grew up in Somerset, PA, and first became enthused with photography when his parents bought him an Ansco box camera and home developing outfit for his eighth Christmas. The next year, he had his first photographs published in the local daily newspaper. After high school and several years as a reporter, photographer, and sports editor for several Pennsylvania dailies, Joe studied photojournalism at the University of Iowa.
Since graduation, Joe has worked as a staff photographer for the Miami (FL) Herald, public relations director for Lock Haven (PA) State College, assistant editor for Caterpillar Tractor Companys Caterpillar World magazine, staff photographer then picture editor for the Detroit (MI) Free Press, supervisor of photographic operations for Michigan State Universitys daily newspaper, photography instructor at Lansing (MI) Community College, and photo editor of The Detroit (MI) News and The (Quincy, MA) Patriot Ledger. He currently teaches photojournalism at Boston University and operates a classic, antique, and modern camera business.
As a photographer and manager, Joe has participated in Olympics, World University Games, Goodwill Games, World Series, Super Bowls, U.S. Open Golf tournaments, Formula One auto races, and other major events, including national political conventions, representing event organizers, newspapers, The Associated Press, United Press-International, and Gamma-Liaison picture agency.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lippincott covers all the bases of mechanical camera repair that he feels the beginning and intermediate technician or hobbyist is safely capable of, and directs readers to "know when to say when" and send the unit in to professional facilities with fixturing and experience in the particulars involved. He covers repair, tools needed, modifications, and use of these cameras, with detailed assembly descriptions in many cases.
Previously, the Ed Romney book, "Trade Secrets: Basic Training in Camera Repair", a volume published by Romney via toner process and GBC-bound, was the standard reference for beginners outside the "secret society" of professionals. Romney passed away in 1992, and his books suffered from time as hard use would cause them to disintegrate or the paper would age poorly-they were in essence photocopies.
Also, many readers objected to Romnney's political and religious views which Romney occasionally digressed upon in his books and extensively on Usenet. Lippincott is strictly focused, makes no statements anyone anywhere could object to, and this book is very professionally offset print and bound.
Lippincott's book is much more tightly focused than Romney's, which makes it less suitable as a casual primer or background read for the photographer just wanting an overview, but more useful to someone with good mechanical aptitude who wants to start in on a camera with minimal fuss.
Romney's professional background in electronics-he wrote extensively on Amateur Radio and repair of vintage equipment-puts him ahead of Lippincott, who repeatedly refers to the unit of capacitance as the "ferrung" and shows little inclination for working on electronic cameras,in that department.
Is Lippincott better than Romney? In some ways, clearly so, and in others I would prefer Romney's book combined with the specific service manual for the camera involved. (Many of which Romney reprinted as well.) The fact is, I like both of them and hopefully someone will eventually publish Romney's work in a proper book, preferably durably shop-manual bound on acid free paper. In the meantime, I recommend this book without reservation for people intent on repairing _mechanical_ cameras.
For the topics covered, the text and illustrations are very good.
Good for what it covers.
For me, the best camera repair book would be one that strips a common 35mm mechanical camera down all the way, step by step, and then puts it back together. Just one camera. It would apply to so many cameras in so many ways.
Unfortunately, this book gives you bits and pieces and tips but no step by step.
Still, if you are the adventuresome type, this book will help.
Having been a student of photography for over 20 years I was surprised that I learned some new things about using cameras and lenses.
RE: repair this is the best book I've seen of general explanation, Quick fixes, and do it yourself kind of stuff, it is not as comprehensive a repair manual like Thomas Thomsey or Romney, but a well experienced knowledgeable working photographer sharing his long experience with readers.
If your looking for a reference in the for Dummies spirit I highly recommend this book.