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Old 03-23-2013   #121
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Maybe this has been discussed here but I don't see it..... who in the US is the best (a good) Nikon tech? I.E. Nikon rangefinders and F's etc. I used to use Mr Smith in Fla and Essex Camera In NJ but both are gone.
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Old 03-23-2013   #122
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ray*j--I've had great results from Jim at Vermont camera works.
Good prices and turnaround, the repairs are fine, too.
Here's the website:
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Hey thanks Paul!!!! I'm bookmarking that link.
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Old 03-23-2013   #124
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On the West coast but i have good experience with http://www.advancecamera.com/

Last year i had my Nikon F serviced, shutter and meter was not working. I got it back and the camera is working and almost looks like new. Ask for Jody Fisher to work on the camera, i belive she is a Nikon specialist.
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Old 03-30-2013   #125
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Is it OK to mention a service you don't recommend?

Youxin Ye has been recommended above for body work, but don't send him lenses – he has no collimator, and when you disassemble and re-assemble a lens to clean/lubricate it, it has to be re-calibrated. IMHO it's irresponsible to work on lenses without being able to re-adjust them for accurate focus when you're through.
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Old 04-28-2013   #126
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Great thread! Anyone have any recommendations for a CLA of a Canon 50mm 1.2? Preferably close to Scandinavia
What is your problem ? The canon 50 1,2 is a very straightforward construction. I have modified mine to focus closer and added a focusing tab. Not at all hard to do it yourself...
For leica body service I recommend Jukka Kelotie of Leica importer FOKA in Helsinki tel:+358-20 7530314
I think any leica technican that has the seal number given by Leitz factory meaning he has had the necessary course and recieves original parts from factory. Those that don`t get the original parts have to rely on dismantled and scapped cameras for parts. No good as they are usually bought from insurance companies...
When negotiating for a service or CLA, just ask: What is your seal number ? In Finland it is 44...

You can also consult this list:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...p/t-42851.html
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Old 04-28-2013   #127
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And doesn't Stephen Gandy (www.cameraquest.com) have a stable of tech's that are skilled on Nikon RF and F's?


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Maybe this has been discussed here but I don't see it..... who in the US is the best (a good) Nikon tech? I.E. Nikon rangefinders and F's etc. I used to use Mr Smith in Fla and Essex Camera In NJ but both are gone.
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Old 05-03-2013   #128
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Simply not true. Neither Sherry nor DAG recalibrate lenses on a collimator after cleaning. They only collimate lenses with focus issues. Youxin does excellent work on lenses. He has done many for me and he has very good success with haze removal- better than many other techs. Lenses do not require collimation in the course of general cleaning.
Not sure about the collimation aspects of servicing, but I just had two lenses serviced by him, including a Thorium Summicron with haze starting around the edges and a very sticky focus. He did an excellent job. The 'cron came back crystal clean inside. I also sent in two Barnacks at the same time including a IIIg that needed a major cleaning and recovering. Both cameras and lenses were film tested and there were no focusing issues at all. He well exceeded my expectations in all regards and always replied right back to my emails. Very fair prices too. I wouldn't hesitate to use him for any servicing.
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Old 06-02-2013   #129
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I am a supporter of Will van Manen (www.kamera-service.info). Both him and Cathy are very friendly, their work is fantastic and the turnaround time is great too! I am a very happy customer!
Sounds like this is where I should be sending my M6. The shutter curtain got stuck! Was fine the day before I moved, just took it out today and tried to cock the shutter...stuck


Too bad here in Frons, when it comes to repair, it's slow, expensive, and hardly perfect --that's for the few I found they did themselves. The others seem to outsource (very likely to some of those in this thread), which explains the premium.
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Old 06-02-2013   #130
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BTW, I'm surprised this hasn't been made a sticky.
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I am a supporter of Will van Manen (www.kamera-service.info). Both him and Cathy are very friendly, their work is fantastic and the turnaround time is great too! I am a very happy customer!
Another happy customer - splendid work with lenses and camera bodies. Fast turnaround and excellent communication. Well worth it.
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Old 11-10-2013   #132
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In Canada I have (2) Favorite Tech's. David Yau who I knew when he was at Wild Leica, and retired but still is doing a lot of quality repair. Jerry Smith at Kinderman is another top Leica man.
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lens repair, front element -"gouges"
Old 11-20-2013   #133
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lens repair, front element -"gouges"

I have an old 50mm F1.8 Canon lens in LTM that has some major scratches in the front element. Are there any lens technicians who can repolish and recoat lens elements and restore them to pristine conditions? Should I just not worry about the condition of this lens and just use it as is? Don't know what to do here as the lens is a top performer for such an old lens, pictures are tack sharp before "gouges" were discovered. Have not really used it since I saw these.
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Hi folks.

If you are in southamerica i can help you with your leica Ms

Ive been working on leicas for almost 5 years, from paint jobs to CLAs and more heavy duty fixes.

You can contact me through this site with PMs
Or you can write me directly to [email protected]

Heres my flickr about mostly photos but also repairs, restoration and a new line of camra cases and accesories.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/enzo-betinyani/

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Dag Contact info

I see a lot of people mention DAG, but I have not been able to find contact info. Searching google all that comes up is a parts site. Does anyone have their contact information?

I've got an M4-2 with a light leak that I asked YYe about and he basically told me to throw it out and buy another M2 hah.
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Old 12-11-2013   #136
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Old 12-12-2013   #137
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Hi folks.

If you are in southamerica i can help you with your leica Ms

Ive been working on leicas for almost 5 years, from paint jobs to CLAs and more heavy duty fixes.

You can contact me through this site with PMs
Or you can write me directly to [email protected]

Heres my flickr about mostly photos but also repairs, restoration and a new line of camra cases and accesories.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/enzo-betinyani/

I think I saw your custom half case for sale on gleebay, if so that looked like a quality kit!
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Old 12-12-2013   #138
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If you are in Singapore, Mr Philip Tay has a sterling reputation. I've had cameras serviced by him before, and he takes great pride and responsibility in his work. I daresay his "credentials" are pretty good too!

http://www.decameraconsultant.com/decamera/web/
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Old 12-12-2013   #139
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Old 03-12-2014   #140
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Sherry is the best in my book. Bought a 1949 Summitar on eBay and had it shipped directly to Sherry. What came in the box today was essentially a brand-new lens!!!

There was also an M5 in that box that I bought directly from Sherry in condition she described over the phone as "Pretty". Pretty is an understatement. It looks like I bought new and used it gently for a year or so. Not bad at all for a 40+ year-old camera and a 65-year-old lens.

A bit expensive, but nobody is better.
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Old 05-16-2014   #141
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Are Wil van Manen and (/or?) Cathy Kuiper still doing repairs? The http://www.kamera-service.info/ site is down, but it sounds like they're the people who can set my ailing M3 right.

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Old 07-19-2014   #142
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I just got my BP M4 back from Youxin Ye, it was jammed. Turned out one of the shutter curtains let go. Youxin examined the damage, gave me 3 choices of action and 3 different costs. I choose to have the curtains both replaced and to have a CLA.

He did a great job, camera works great, smooth as warm butter. He kept in frequent contact with me. Total time was a little under 3 weeks.

I am very, very happy with his bedside manor and his work.
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Old 07-19-2014   #143
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In Australia (Adelaide) I use Ron Pinksterboer at Twin City Camera House http://www.camerahouse.com.au/our-st...twin-city.aspx
Ron is good, knows his stuff and is reasonably priced. I dont think he is specifically Leica trained but as I say he knows his stuff and has been able to handle everything I have thrown his way - CLAs, lens adjustments and fungus removal, proper reassembly/calibration, leica M rangefinder adjustment and the like. I have also seen him strip down, test, repair and reassemble digital cameras.
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Old 09-16-2014   #144
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For Australia, may I recommend Camera Electronic, 230 Stirling St., Perth, Western Australia 6000 (www.cameraelectronic.com.au).
I've used them on 3 occasions and have been very happy with the work their technician (Ernest Cesar) has done. They are not the cheapest, but the quality is well worth the price.
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Sherry K -- Current Status
Old 10-16-2014   #145
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Sherry K -- Current Status

Has anyone had recent work done by Sherry K? I have had a camera up with her for a little over 3 months and am starting to wonder. I called a few weeks ago for an update (didn't get much info back), and I've called again this week and haven't gotten a call back. Any semi-informed speculation would be welcome --

Update: Called again and talked to Sherry yesterday. Camera comes back next week. Disappointing experience overall.
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Old 01-08-2016   #146
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Is there someone in Vancouver who will do an alignment check on my M4-P?

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In Vancouver, you should know Horst Wenzel, your only choice for film camera repairs.
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Old 01-08-2016   #147
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I've only had experience with Wil van Manen at Kamera-service.info.

I've had my 503cx CLA'd, which runs beautiful. I had also sent in a Hass 80mm C, which came back unserviced. I called them about it and they insisted that if I had paid for it (which I had) the lens had been CLA'd, when obviously it hadn't been. Times were more than a stop off. After a little (slightly unpleasant) back-and-forth they offered to re-service it.
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