Through careful research, planning and patience, I have successfully dismantled, repaired and reassembled an Olympus OM-1n.
Once considered the workhorse of the photojournalism trade, I bought this camera to have a fully functioning 35mm slr in order to slow down my compositions. Making a negative is more disciplined than making a digital file––there's little preview besides a meter reading and the experience you have to draw upon.
But after two or three rolls, the camera started acting up. The mirror was getting stuck on its way up, causing me to have to remove the lens and manually complete its cycle, drawing the curtains in the process and losing a frame of film.
And guess what...no one works on an old slr without first charging around two hundred just to open it up.
Luckily I discovered Fix Old Cameras. Here I received my education in the proper tools and methods to diagnose and repair mechanical slrs. It's still DIY, and plenty to go wrong along the way.
But I'm very excited to have it back in my life. I had been shooting film in the meantime with a Honeywell Pentax sp-500--great camera, and now a trusted friend that will need its own exercise now and again.