Camera porn: Vintage rangefinders get restored

It's sad whenever you see a battered old camera sitting in the middle of a car boot sale, knowing it hasn't beed used in quite a while, and probably won't see a fresh film any time soon.

So it's nice to know that some of these cameras will get picked up by the like of the folks over at ilottvintage.com who caring restore vintage rangefinders.

After giving them a good clean the cameras are patiently brought back to life and good mechanical condition before being given a new skin, often in the form of a wood veneers.

The restoration checklist includes.

• Entire body cleaned

• Viewfinder disassembled and cleaned

• Rangefinder checked and calibrated

• Focus checked with ground glass

• Battery chamber cleaned of corrosion

• Light seals replaced

• Lens disassembled and cleaned

• Shutter and aperture blades cleaned

• Shutter speeds tested

• Leathers replaced with veneer

• Tested with film

Camera - including the likes of Canon's Canonet, Minolta Hi-Matic, and the Argus C3 are then sold for price from around $1,500.