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i was reading about the canon p rangefinder recently and became confused about whether i should store my rangefinders (i have 2 canons, several petri's and others), with their shutters cocked. also, what about my mamiya tlr lenses; should their shutters be cocked while stored?
thanks so much for your help.
Generally it's better to store shutters uncocked because the springs last longer. It's less critical for cameras using a Leica-design shutter such as the Canon rangefinders (since the tension on the coil springs is rather low), but you may want to follow this practice for your TLR lenses with their leaf shutters.