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CAMERA SCREWDRIVERS / PHILLIPS / CROSS-POINT / TWEEZERS

The most common screws in use on Japanese cameras are the JIS B 1012. The correct screwdriver to use for this type of screw is the JIS screwdriver, or as it is commonly called, the Japanese cross-point. A Phillips screwdriver can be used on a Japanese camera, but one takes the small risk of stripping the head of a JIS screw because the design is slightly different than a Phillips screw. I use both the Phillips and the Japanese cross-point screwdrivers in my shop, but I am careful to never use enough force to strip the head on a JIS screw.

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SCREWDRIVERS
The camera repairman uses his screwdrivers more than any other tool during his camera work. He should never skimp on price and buy a cheap screwdriver. When buying a screwdriver always buy the best brand name you can afford. Avoid the seductive large screwdriver kits of unknown brands. I work all day on cameras and only use one or two screwdrivers. Those large kits are amateur bait traps. Select your camera repair tools carefully one by one, buying the best.




Starrett Screwdrivers, Set of 7. These are the best of the best, brand wise, but this set has a Phillips screwdriver, not a JIS. I would not mind owning a set just for the flat-tip screwdrivers.



This is the Moody JIS Type S Screwdriver set. This is one of the few JIS type screwdrivers I found on Amazon. Most of the jeweler's screwdrivers I found were Phillips.



This is the Moody Tools 58-0219 Chromium Vanadium Steel JIS-type Screwdriver Set. When the tips wear out the blades are replaceable with this screwdriver design, but I prefer to buy a completely new screwdriver when the tip is worn. I own both replaceable tip screwdrivers and non-replaceable tip screwdrivers.



This is the Moody Tools MT-SD500 Mini Slotted Screwdriver Set. Slotted, means flat-tip screwdriver. This would be an excellent flat-tip screwdriver set to own for working on cameras. You will still need some Phillips or Japanese cross-point screwdrivers, but there is no downside in buying a set of these Moody screwdrivers.



This is the Moody Tools 58-0390 8-Piece Slotted Phillips Combo Set. This set is a mix of flat-tip and Phillips tip screwdrivers. I’ve included it in my camera tool recommendations because many early 35mm SLRs used slot-head screws, such as the Pentax Spotmatic's and SRT Minolta's. You’re going to need both types of screwdrivers if you intend to work on cameras.



This is the Wiha 26197 7 Piece Precision Slotted and Phillips Screwdriver Set. Slotted, means flat-tip screwdriver. This set is a mix of flat-tip and Phillips tip screwdrivers. I’ve included it in my camera tool recommendations because many early 35mm SLRs used slot-head screws, such as the Pentax Spotmatic's and SRT Minolta's. You’re going to need both types of screwdrivers if you intend to work on cameras.



This is the Wiha 27390 Slotted And Phillips Screwdriver Set, Precision ESD Safe, 7 Piece. It is a mix of flat-tip and Phillips tip screwdrivers. I’ve included it in my camera tool recommendations because many early 35mm SLRs used slot-head screws. The early Pentax Spotmatic's and SRT Minolta's used slot-head screws. You’re going to need both types of screwdrivers if you intend to work on cameras.



This is the Wiha 40010 Magnetizer/Demagnetizer. Normally a camera repairman will need both magnetized and demagnetized screwdrivers. The magnetized screwdriver holds the screw in place on the tip and makes it much easier to insert a screw, but there are a few circumstances where a demagnetized screwdriver tip is more desirable.



This is the Wiha 26193 Slotted and Phillips Screwdriver Set. Sometimes the small cross-point screwdriver tip is just not large enough for the job. These are very large tip screwdrivers that you will probably never need when working on cameras, but I thought it best to mention them. I do use such screwdrivers occasionally on camera front mounts and mirror cages, but not often.





TWEEZERS
The market is flooded with tweezers, which makes it hard to recommend one brand or model. Most repairmen choose tweezers based on their hand size and personal taste. About the only advice I can give you is to buy the smaller tweezer size, about 4 inches in length, not the larger 6 inch size.




This is the Scientific Labwares Stainless Steel General-Purpose Forceps with Fine Precision Tips - 3.5 in. If I were to lose my tweezers and had to replace them, this would be my first choice. They are small, stainless steel, and general purpose.



This is the Scientific Labwares High Precision Stainless Steel Lab Tweezers with Offset Fine Tips Style 5A. These are a little larger than I prefer my working tweezers to be, but it looks like a set of tweezers I would enjoy using.



This is the Scientific Labwares High Precision Stainless Steel Lab Forceps with Curved Tips. I normally don’t use curved tip tweezers, but I do own some. I listed these for people who might want tweezers with a curved tip.