I began repairing cameras in 1978 and Iím still using many of those same tools I purchased when I started my journey in this trade. This is a list of the tools I use daily to service cameras. Unfortunately, some of my tools are no longer sold so I selected replacement tools for this list that I think are of good quality.
I have added comments to some tools descriptions that may be helpful in choosing the best ones for your needs. I plan to post camera repair tool reviews on Youtube in the months ahead. I'm on Youtube, Twitch, and other sites under the User Name: kori_35.
*This is an Amazon affiliate website and Amazon gives me a small percentage from sales, but your cost is the same whether you use my links or not. And as a reminder, keep all camera repair tools, and camera parts, away from children to keep them safe.
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I tried many different brands of solder irons, of many different watts, but finally settled on the Weller WP35 35-Watt. Iíve 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. Itís 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 didnít 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.
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. Iíve 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.