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This is a Weller WP35 35-Watt soldering iron. I tried many different brands of soldering irons (of different watts), and finally settled on using this soldering iron. I’ve been using this solder iron for over 40 years.



You need a fine pointed solder tip to work on cameras. This Weller ST7 ST Series Conical Solder Tip is what I use. It’s plated with iron, nickel and chromium and will last me about 3 months before I have to replace it. Solder tips without plating burn up too fast. You always want to buy plated tips and remember to clean them during use so they will last longer.



I use a Hakko 601 soldering stand which I could not find on Amazon, but this Hakko 633-02 looks like it will work just as good. In the past I tried a temperature controlled solder station that cost more, but it didn’t save me any time or tips so I went back to using my Hakko 601. If you buy this unit, it will need a soldering iron tip cleaner.



I own large spools of solder, but they are too cumbersome to use. These small solder containers are more practical for use when soldering circuits in cameras. 60-40 Rosin Core Solder works well and 8mm is small enough for camera soldering.



This is the Hakko 599B-02 Wire-type soldering iron tip cleaner. I used a wet sponge for a decade or more before I found this brass wire sponge which works much better at cleaning a solder tip, and is less messy.



Solder wick is used for removing the solder from a component. I’ve tried many types of solder removal tools over the years, but none seem to work any better than plain solder wick. I have found that 1.5m works the best on cameras for me, but I suggest you buy this solder wick kit and try out the different sizes to find the one you like best. Removing solder without damaging a component is an art that takes time to learn.



Don’t forget to buy some Rosin Paste Flux. Sometimes solder will not stick to a wire or surface and you have to put some flux on the part before you start soldering. It does not happen often, but it does happen and you will need some flux. One tin will last you a lifetime.



I don't use this tool often, but it does come in handy sometimes to hold a camera part for soldering when I need a third hand.