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Old 01-06-2012   #41
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good to know the service contact for G. got the G1 since last spring. Like it very much!
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Old 02-27-2012   #42
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Just got off the phone with TOCAD USA. Wonderfully simple process to get some G parts.
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Old 02-27-2012   #43
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Just got off the phone with TOCAD USA. Wonderfully simple process to get some G parts.
Great to know they're still responsive. I need to send in my T3 and a N lens.
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I dealt with TOCAD for an RTS3 repair and they were great. Professional, responsive and the repair was faster tan I thought it would be considering it went to Japan. I thought the cost was reasonable too. I am a happy customer.
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I have a G1 that always focuses to far, like 20 percent or something.
Would be nice if this can be fixed.
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Old 12-05-2012   #46
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Do you guys know an authorized place in Austria ?
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Do you guys know an authorized place in Austria ?
I doubt there is anybody closer than Tritec in Germany, but these still service (Kyocera) Contax cameras wherever possible. Only the last cameras sold until 2005 still have a year of parts supply by Kyocera ahead, all others can only be fixed if it needs no parts or if the required part is still in inventory.
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I need to get the Vario Sonnar 28-85 I use on my Leica M240 serviced in the UK as a large lump of crud has taken up residence on the inside of the back element. I know these lenses are prone to dust due to the trombone action but this is way beyond dust. I do have an excellent Leica lens service man but he is very busy and will take longer than I have to do this, as I need this lens for a trip leaving Feb 2.

Alpha Digital who were doing Contax service in the UK have gone into receivership. Contax UK still seem to have an active website offering service but they used to use Johnsons Photopia for lens service and I would rather send the lens to my local tractor mechanic.

Any suggestions guys, preferably from personal experience, of a UK Contax/Zeiss lens servicer who would do a quick clean on this lens. Apart from the crud, the lens is working just fine and does not have the usual issue of lost parafocal (focus changing on zoom).

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What about Brian Mickleboro. He's a UK Rolleiflex guy but may do other Zeiss repairs.
Zeiss in Germany perhaps - length of time may be an issue.
There must be repair shops in the UK that can handle it properly.
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What about Brian Mickleboro. He's a UK Rolleiflex guy but may do other Zeiss repairs.
Zeiss in Germany perhaps - length of time may be an issue.
There must be repair shops in the UK that can handle it properly.
Jeff,

I have used Brian in the past on Rolleiflexes. I would be very surprised if he would touch a zoom Contax lens. He is much more of a body man than a lens man, even on the relatively simple Tessars and Planars fitted on the Rollei’s.

I spent most of yesterday morning being shuffled from pillar to post on the phone with no success. Zeiss Germany no longer service Contax lenses. They do list two people in Germany but with qualifications/reservations on their abilities. A couple of people I spoke to, said they serviced Contax lenses but then immediately backtracked when I said it was a zoom. I know it is complicated lens with 16 elements and various moving sleeves but all I want is the back element taking out and cleaning and for a vacuum to be applied when the back element is out, to suck out any loose dust.

I think I will just have to use Malcolm Taylor and get him to phone me when a spare time slot is due to come up. He did an excellent job 10 years ago on my 35-70 Vario Sonnar, which had been badly damaged, with scratched front element and focus/zoom problems, in a totally botched service by Johnsons Photopia. It did take 6 months but of course the front element had to be re-ground and coated. I am due to get 5 Leica lenses back from Malcolm this morning after 6 bit coding and a clean of my Summicron-C 40mm and even that simple job took 2 months. However you just know the work will have been done immaculately. Perfection rather than speed is Malcolm’s modus operandi.

I will be sending Malcolm my Leica IIF, which my father bought in New York in 1953, for new curtains and a CLA some time next year. However, it really does not matter how long that takes, as I have more than enough (my wife would say far, far too many) film cameras I can be using while the IIF is away.

I just wish that Leica themselves were as good as Malcolm. After saving for a year, I bought this week, a new 50/0.95 Noctilux. I was going to buy the demo lens from Foto Mundus in Meppen but the morning that was due to be sent off, a new Nocti arrived from Leica. Foto Mundus offered me a deal I could not turn down for the new one. Sadly the Noctilux is not focusing correctly. It took me two minutes checking with my Leica M240 to detect this. I know the body is correct as all my other lenses focus correctly. I have asked Leica service (Andrea Frankl) if they want to repair or replace. As a registered professional with Leica, I have said I would expect them to replace, as I bought a new not a repaired lens.

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. A couple of people I spoke to, said they serviced Contax lenses but then immediately backtracked when I said it was a zoom. I know it is complicated lens with 16 elements and various moving sleeves but all I want is the back element taking out and cleaning and for a vacuum to be applied when the back element is out, to suck out any loose dust.
There is no need to look for a vintage camera expert that handles AF zooms. Any regular pro lens service would be better at that - modern Nikon and Canon zooms make up 90% of their work. The hard part will be finding one who
has (or would purchase) the service manual or is willing to handle the lens without documentation.

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There is no need to look for a vintage camera expert that handles AF zooms. Any regular pro lens service would be better at that - modern Nikon and Canon zooms make up 90% of their work. The hard part will be finding one who
has (or would purchase) the service manual or is willing to handle the lens without documentation.

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I think you have hit the nail on the head - no service manual. I will see if I can track down a copy or scan from an Italian friend who has masses of Contax and Zeiss literature.

I am sure that all of us have taken something apart at some time, which we think will be simple, and as we remove a bit, all sorts of tiny springs and microscopic detent balls ping out at us. We then spend the next 30 minutes grovelling around on the floor, trying to find them all and that is before we start trying to work out how they go back

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Old 12-21-2013   #54
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When I've had a RF Leica to be serviced, my choice was on SamCa in Genoa, Italy: two old gentlemen with an enormous capability to repair Wetzlar's masterpieces. In their hands an almost destroyed IIIg returned back like new (and -most important- it works like a new one too).

Finding a repair laboratory able to work on a RF Contax- II/III-IIa/IIIa is more difficult. Mr. Scherer seems to have too long a waiting list, but I've been told he's the best. I've been told about a repairman near Dortmund, but someone says he's excellent, other say he's not...

In fact, I've a fine-looking Contax-IIa that's in need of a proper CLA... but I'm afraid that it would return in my hands with something wrong.

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Old 12-21-2013   #55
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Henry Scherer has done some great work for me on a couple cameras but his wait time can be a problem for some.

Mark Hansen worked on my Contax IIa a year ago, and I was very happy with the results. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again if needed. I don't know what his wait time is but you can check with him.

You can contact him here - http://www.zeissikonrolleirepair.com/contact.html
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I was lucky enough to get my Contax IIA serviced by the Zeiss USA trained technician at Collectible Cameras in Phoenix, AZ just before he retired (he was well over 70 at the time) and he did a lovely job. I personally would not use Mr. Scherer or anyone else who is that rude to their customers. I am told that at least one of the European Contax repairers has a tendency to use Kiev parts, which can cause long term problems and less that ideal working but I have no personal experience.

Keeping these lovely old but complicated cameras working is going to become an increasingly difficult problem. The average age of fully trained film camera technicians would I guess, be close to 60.

My M4 has just come back today from Peter at CRR Luton, where it had a total CLA, rangefinder service and new RF mask, as the original one was growing fungus. Looks and feels almost like when I got it new in 1967 at Lizars in Aberdeen, Scotland. The shutter sounds far crisper.

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... wouldn't touch any Yashica/Kyocera Contax with a bargepole. We were debating about the right person to fix a Contax G AF zoom.
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G2 Shutter release

I've read a number of your posts and you have an extensive knowledge on the G's. Maybe you have an idea/suggestion for me. I went to use my G2 today, 3/7/14 and the shutter wouldn't fire. I changed the batteries and tried to shoot with different lenses; still the shutter won't fire. I tried setting the camera to auto as well as a shutter speed; still no-go.

However, without a lens mounted, the shutter does fire. Both LCD top screens work, the viewfinder gives correct info and the focus motor works.

Before I send it to ToCad for repairs, can you think of anything else I could do? Thanks,
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Old 03-07-2014   #59
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I can only comment on the excellent service and surprising quick repair I received through TOCAD. My RTS3 had to be sent to Japan. TOCAD did all the work and the price was quite reasonable.
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Enzo,
could you give us contact info for SamCa? I could not find any
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Hello,

the data about SamCa are:

SAMCA (S.N.C.)
RIPARAZIONI MACCHINE FOTOGRAFICHE
Via Dei Landi 15/R
I-16151 Genova (Italy)

Phone: +39 (0)10 412237

The owners are Messrs. Luigi Sammartini and Luigi Casanova. I don't think that the two old gentlemen would use any email though.

An interesting interview to the owners of this repair laboratory was published in "Scatti nel Tempo", April 2004, pages 50-53. The .pdf can be downloaded at http://www.scattineltempo.it/doc/SNT_APRILE_2004.pdf

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Contax Repairs

What are we going to do when all these old gentlemen retire and no longer repair Contaxes. When I had my IIA serviced about 4 years ago, the repairer, who was in his late 70’s, said that was the last one he was going to do. I don’t think it is something you can teach yourself and it would be difficult to make a living from mending film cameras. My local man in Sussex, who does not do Contaxes, but is a fully trained film camera technician (Olympus UK), makes most of his money by removing the IR and AA filters from Nikon and Canon DSLR’s.
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I agree: people seriously able to put their hands in a Contax (either II/III or IIa/IIIa) are fewr than in the past: most of those still operative are getting old.

On my last visit to SamCa (absolutely Worth to!), the two gentlemen clearly said that they tried to train young people looking for a serious job: they find some, they stay for a few months, then leave, looking for something else, in the consumer electronics branch. When they'll feel too tired to go on, they'll simply close and a treasure of knowledge, tools, etc. will be lost forever.
By the way, they were the official Leica repair laboratory, when the firm I. Cattaneo of Genoa was the official importer of Leica cameras and they had their technical training in Wetzlar.

It's a pity, but until such people are active, our cameras have a future.

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The other problem of course is spare parts. When I had my Leica M4 rebuilt over last winter, it needed a new mask for the rangefinder, as the old one was fungus contaminated. The repairer commented that I was getting his last one. He had had more on order for a long time from Leica but was still waiting. I have a dead Minox C, which is going to stay dead for lack of a circuit board and new shutter blades. I could probably get the shutter from a cannibalised camera but it was very common for the circuit boards to be damaged by corrosion from leaking mercury batteries and there are none left. This is what had happened to mine, as it had been left in a drawer with its PX27 battery in, after the shutter crashed. Luckily I still have a working Minox C as well, so not too worried.

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As frustrating as this is, I suspect digital gear will have an even shorter service life, because, like, you know, new is *always* better.
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Just try to have serviced a 15 years old Olympus 1300XL digital camera...

At least, a nearly 80 years old Contax-II, besides being usually working, can be serviced and spare parts even made new (except curtains...).

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ToCad has stopped Contax repair.
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ToCad has stopped Contax repair.

Effective April 1, 2015 ToCAD America will cease service of all Contax equipment.
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Effective April 1, 2015 ToCAD America will cease service of all Contax equipment.
ALL international Contax/Yashica service partners have now quit servicing C/Y equipment under Kyocera contract, as even the last cameras in production are now past the 10 year service life for which Kyocera had to provide parts and repairs.

Not all of them will quit, they may still continue on their own. Tritec in Germany for example appear to handle repairs wherever they have parts. But the parts situation will now approach that for older cameras, where a increasing number of faults cannot be repaired any more (at least when going by the official manual).
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It appears that remaing spares inventory has been taken out from dealers (Alpha in UK) and maybe Tocad in US and as well from Hamburg and shipped back to Japan (don't know if to be scrapped or what). Kyocera has closed the optical product line and even their contact email, so emails sent to them are denied directly.
Tritec in Germany still service but don't have many parts.
It seems using our Contax equipment might prove much harder in the future.
I am in need of a bayonet mount for my MM 28-70mm vario-sonnar, aftr getting negative answers from Tocad, Tritec (Germany), Alpha (UK) , Zeiss and Kyocera themselves. Might finally remove from another lense and send it to a custom laser-cutting business to measure in stainless steel
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It appears that remaing spares inventory has been taken out from dealers (Alpha in UK) and maybe Tocad in US and as well from Hamburg and shipped back to Japan (don't know if to be scrapped or what). Kyocera has closed the optical product line and even their contact email, so emails sent to them are denied directly.
Tritec in Germany still service but don't have many parts.
It seems using our Contax equipment might prove much harder in the future.
I am in need of a bayonet mount for my MM 28-70mm vario-sonnar, aftr getting negative answers from Tocad, Tritec (Germany), Alpha (UK) , Zeiss and Kyocera themselves. Might finally remove from another lense and send it to a custom laser-cutting business to measure in stainless steel
Best regards to all
Thanks for the concise update, Roberto. Looks like any Contax users may have to go down the decidedly expensive route of buying multiple bodies and glass and also investing in the lesser seen Contax repair manual and brushing up on their soldering skills and precision screwdriver handling.
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Well, found the bayonet part (an italian member from flickr had a dead 1,7 planar and sold me the part).
Anyway, there's something I find weird with all that kyocera/Zeiss nightmare.
When they were still trading I was told to send my lenses to Oberkochen (Zeiss), but they no longer support them.
Kyocera does not want to know anything and the former service centres have nothing available. but formerly they only dealt with cameras, not lenses, am I right?
Anyway, to make a long story short I found a workshop in Spain who was also a Contax service point who will be regulating and adjusting my Vario Sonnar as it is no longer sharp under 5,6 (has taken some bashing)
Shipping tomorrow. Will post the results once I have it back
main page:
http://www.iredfoto.com/
they deal with:
http://www.iredfoto.com/servicios.html

In Spain there were also different appointed dealers in MAdrid
Playmon (I used them 10 years ago servicing a dead RTS, came back nice but with no new light seals, otherwise, work was well done)
Playmon S.L
Servicios técnicos Fotograficos
C/Puerto Rico 8a, 28016 Madrid
Tlfno: 91 573 57 25 - - - 91 504 21 95
Fax 91 573 57 25

And these ones according to a list from "canonistas" forum

Talleres Pentaprisma - Madrid
C/ Isabel Tinteros,5 local 2
28005 Madrid
Tfno.: 91 354 05 67
Fax: 91 354 05 68
E-Mail: [email protected]

Prisma
Hortaleza, 23 -
28004 MADRID
TLF.: 91 521 51 36
FAX: 91 521 95 59

I might suggest creating a list of worldwide support centres who would be willing to care for our dear cameras and lenses in order to help other forum members.
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not sure if its any help but here is a service center is in Japan
http://www.repairservice-suwa.com/ri...toppupeji.html
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not sure if its any help but here is a service center is in Japan
http://www.repairservice-suwa.com/ri...toppupeji.html
THANK YOU!!!! so much for this valuable input! So maybe they got hold of the remaining stock parts from Kyocera when they took all the parts located in Hamburg back to Japan.
This way I can stay safe and calm my dear little contaxes might continue to soldier on...
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THANK YOU!!!! so much for this valuable input! So maybe they got hold of the remaining stock parts from Kyocera when they took all the parts located in Hamburg back to Japan.
This way I can stay safe and calm my dear little contaxes might continue to soldier on...
Best regards and thanks again
glad this info was helpful. don't know anything about this place, other than their website says they service all contax cameras...
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not sure if its any help but here is a service center is in Japan
http://www.repairservice-suwa.com/ri...toppupeji.html
Do you know if they accept orders or repairs from abroad? OR they only deal with orders from Japan?
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Well, some more news, I found this nice guy on the net
http://www.contax139.info/
He used for 30 years around his trusty 139 and knows loads about them. Agreed to fix my S2 as they share many parts, as well as the workhorse FX3.
My S2 was sent due to my absolute inability to take sharp pictures at full aperture (issue that had never been solved since 14 years ago after hundreds of euros spent in Spain and in Germany offical service) and because meter stopped working.
Peter did a wonderful service. Dismantled camera completely, removed viewfinder rotten foam, diagnosed meter problem due to loose rivet in battery compartment and... found the mirror box was... loose!!!!
camera came feeling new.
So if you have a S2, 139q, 159MM or yashica FX3, don't hesitate to drop a line to Peter, in the UK.
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Roberto, thanks for this update to the thread. I'm glad you found Peter and he was able to get your cams back up to spec. His analytical skills are clearly top notch -- determining that a loose rivet caused a meter problem? Impressive!

Selfishly, I'm still hoping to find someone similar in the U.S. so I don't have to pay "WOW!" shipping fees that could total more than the repair itself.
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Hi Scott,
Thanks for your kind words.
You can't imagine how much money I wasted on bad repairmen (one in Barcelona and another one in Service centre in Germany). The german service cost 260 euros and camera came back exactly as it left home (out of focus pics under f 5,6)
Peter wrote a loong email with all faults he found (bent rewind shaft bush, out of shape film door corner, rotten foam, the dreaded battery box rivet -he might have diagnosed that with a multimeter, as there was not enough current flow, small defect in shutter blinds and... many loose bolts, that means no proper previous service).
I have put it to test with a repaired by me fungus free tamron 28mm f 2,5, in which I managed to get sharp results from raindrops on m car's windshield at full aperture!
short focal lenses almost always produced out of focus pics in my contax since 2002 (when the camera was just 7 years old)
But now it's back to full health.
Hope you can find somebody in the US (there's nippon photoclinic for the newer elctronic ones and the rest of the range)
Shipping is horrendous, but even worse is customs tax. Hadn't I found Peter, I would have sent my camera to Nippon's, and get a nice letter from customs Dept in Spain claiming vat and tax from an imported good... (which was not imported but bought new by me in Spain).
Best regards and good luck. Should I get some news about somebody in the US I will let you know

All the best
Robert
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