Tech Notes CD Now Available

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Tech Notes

A collection of 20 (or 30, or something) years' worth of camera repair notes and sketches, in PDF format
- Compatible with Windows and Mac systems

- Free Shipping Worldwide

(A note of apology: An increase in postage rates in January 2016 has forced me to increase the price from $20 to $25 per CD. This is the second price increase I've had since starting out in 2005; the first one, from $15 to $20 in 2013, was also caused by a postage rate increase.)

Either choose to receive the CD in the mail for $25, or get the same content as a PDF download online for just $15! Select your preference below. (If you select the download, I'll reply with a link to pick it up)
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Edition 3 of the Tech Notes CD- Now in PDF format!

$25 USD includes free shipping worldwide .... OR, just $15 for a PDF download online!


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What is it, and what isn't it?
If you've visited my Tech Notes pages, you've already got a good idea of what to expect from the CD. It started out as about 1,000 pages of scanned sketches and notes in the first edition, increased to about 1,400 in the second. In the third edition, it’s up to a bit under 1,600, with new sketches added for the Minolta 35 LTM rangefinder, Nikonos, the Yamato PaX, the Praktica FX and a couple of additional TLR models, some new material has been added for Leica and a few other cameras, and the “General Notes” has been expanded to add some new material (and some of the old stuff has been retyped to make it easier to read). Oh, yeah, almost forgot: I’ve added some MORE CARTOONS too!

But the big difference is less in the content than the format: where the first and second editions consisted mostly of .GIF and .JPG files, with a few MSWord documents thrown in, the new edition is entirely in PDF format. There are no longer any setup instructions, it works the same way on all operating systems, and the only software you need is the Adobe Acrobat Reader that you can download free from Adobe’s website (see link below) if you don’t already have it.

The CD is NOT a comprehensive repair guide on any camera, although in some cases it does go into some depth. These are sketches and photos I made for my own use and represent repair work that I have done over the past 30 years. Some sketches are better than others, some go very deep into the camera and others may be very brief, depending on the nature of the repair work that I happened to do on that model. It tends to assume that you have a basic knowledge of camera repair going in, its purpose is not to teach you how to repair cameras but to provide specific tips to help you deal with particular models – many of which are offbeat or non-mainstream cameras that you might not find discussed much anywhere else.

I don't have a complete list of every model of camera included, but this snapshot of the folder tree may give you an idea of what to expect.

What software do I need to use it?

Every file on the CD is in PDF format, so the only software that you need is the Adobe Acrobat Reader. You probably already have this on your computer, since pretty much everybody uses it for pretty much everything – but if you don’t, it’s a free download from Adobe - see the link at the bottom of this page.

This page used to be filled with illustrations and setup tips, and the CD came with a four-page illustrated setup guide. All this is no longer needed with the new format – sketches are organized in sets in multi-page PDF files, so all you do is find the camera model you want and double click on the file. Within each model, you can scroll through the sketches and print them out for reference just like you could in versions 1.00 and 2.00 – the main difference is that you don’t have to set anything up first.

Is there a money-back warranty?

Sorry. Because CDs are so easily copied, I cannot accept returns for refund. Please look at the Tech Notes pages and satisfy yourself that a thousand pages of the same sort of stuff is worth $25 before ordering the CD. If for any reason a CD fails to work when you receive it, I will provide a replacement CD at no cost. In such a case, I may or may not ask you to return the original CD so that I can figure out what went wrong.

Okay, so what do I get and how much does it cost?

What you get is the Tech Notes collection on one CD, shipped in a jewel case, like the one shown above (but without all of the cameras packed around it). Because there is no longer any setup needed, there are no longer any papers packed in with the CD.

The price is $25.00 US per copy, including postage WORLDWIDE (or $15 for a PDF download).

I accept cash (US dollars please), money orders, personal checks and Paypal (my Paypal ID is the same as my email address). The easiest way to order is to just click that Paypal button thing down below. If you prefer a different method of payment, please email me at and we can work it out.

ONE LAST QUESTION: Now that you're selling these CDs, are you still going to keep posting and emailing sketches and notes for free to anyone who asks for them?

Well, dumb as it may sound, yes. Please don't ask me to email you the whole CD, though. :)=

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