Should I store the Pentacon Six with the shutter cocked or not?
In May 2020 I received the following e-mail:
Q: “When not shooting with the P6, is it best to store the camera with the shutter cocked or un-cocked? What do you do with your cameras?”
A: Here is the reply I sent:
I generally store my
Pentacon Six with the shutter uncocked. It seems
wise not to leave springs tensioned
unnecessarily. However, occasionally I cock the
shutter and prepare to take a photo and suddenly the
light changes or the subject moves (for instance, a
bird) and so I don't take the photo. On those
occasions I put the camera away with the shutter
cocked and the shutter-release button locked by
rotating the collar round it, so that I don’t
accidently press the shutter and waste a frame.
Sometimes I write a
detailed reply to someone, much longer than the above
reply, and they never get back to me and say thank
you. However, on this occasion the person with
the question was polite enough to reply, thanking
me. More than this, he also wrote the following:
also put the same question to Andrea from Photoservice
Olbrich in Germany who serviced my P6 recently and she
gave the same answer.
Alexander, thank you very
much for your politeness and for this helpful
contribution to this website. Many visitors will
know (see, for instance, here,
here and here) that I
Olbrich in Görlitz for repairs and
servicing. Peter Olbrich has repaired lenses for
me, and so has his daughter Andrea Schönfelder.
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