March 29, 2014
Bonus Nikon L35AF door swap mod, actually it's for the L35AF 2 aka Nikon One•Touch
The cool part of finally biting the bullet and cannibalizing a broken Nikon L35AF is it offers an opportunity to improve all my other Pikaichi's.
My first L35AF was actually the One Touch, the scan above.
Though both versions of the L35AF have plastic shells, the Nikon One•Touch also sported a plastic film door. Unfortunately, mine started to bow outwards. I worried about light leaks and I pretty much mothballed the camera.
But last night, after fixing an on/off switch on one of my L35AF's, I decided to switch the plastic Nikon One•Touch for a nice, straight METAL film door from a donor version one Pikaichi.
The body feels more rigid. When closed. There is a hitch. The hinges between the two models are different. The door, when opened, kind slide on the hinge pin. But once it's closed, it snaps tight and firm. Far better than taping down old plastic door, which is what I used to do.
As for the donor camera, this is what it looks like now.
The lens on the donor is still a peach. It's a tiny thing and I'm going to find a way to mount it on another body.