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Youxin Ye, Camera Repair
Old 05-16-2012   #1
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Youxin Ye, Camera Repair

Finally found someone, Youxin Ye, within a reasonable driving distance that could work on my Dad's IVSb kit. Replaced the shutter curtains and took out several pieces of "shrapnel" (Bits of film that had broken off inside the camera over the years). With those two changes, the slow shutter speeds started working again, no more pauses in the middle of the shot!

I spent the day at his place and got to watch him do all the work...















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Old 05-16-2012   #2
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Yep, Youxin is good. He is one of few people that I trust to work on my cameras.
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Old 05-16-2012   #3
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Great guy, has done work for me also.
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Old 05-16-2012   #4
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yup...bought a m4 from a local rffer and sent it to him, nice guy, spoke to him in my smattering of mandarin...
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Old 05-16-2012   #5
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This is first time seeing his face! He's worked on my Barnacks and my trusty M2. I should send him a thank you card or something... Thanks very much for posting.
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Old 05-16-2012   #6
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Sent him a M4 that had issues last year, misalignment, rough film advance, shutter speeds iffy - he had it back to me within days of receiving the body, and the CLA was relatively cheap. Definitely my first choice if I need someone to work on an old body now.
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Old 05-16-2012   #7
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Youxin has CLA'd or repaired my M2, IIIc, and IVSB2. He is great to communicate with, his costs are reasonable, and his turnround times are fast. And if a repair is not quite right, he fixes it promptly. A great guy to deal with, and I heartily recommend him.
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Old 05-16-2012   #8
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Old 05-16-2012   #9
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Its great to put a face behind the email signatures. Youxin is Da Man. His workmanship, turnaround time and correspondence are just superb!
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Old 05-16-2012   #10
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Not only is he really dependable and trustworthy, but provides it all at reasonable prices with the fastest turn around time. Why spend $750 and wait 3 months for a cla when youxin can have it done for you in a couple days at under $250
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Have to double ditto the above.
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Old 05-16-2012   #12
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Awaiting my M2 and Canon serenar in the mail from him. I was surprised at how quick the turn around time was! I'm sure i'll be happy with what he has done with my items. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-17-2012   #13
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I think there are a few of us here who have had the pleasure of sitting at his kitchen table and watching him work. He is a tremendously kind man, and beyond his great repair work, he is a very interesting and inspiring person. His passion for his work (a side business, I might add) is fully evident when you talk with him.
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had work done by him on 3 cameras. Great prices, turnaround and atittude!
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Old 05-17-2012   #15
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Youxin Ye did a fabulous job on my 2 M6's and all my leica lenses I sent him early this year. He is very meticulous and communicates promptly. He is never pushy and always give practical and sensible advice on the repairs.
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Yup, sat at that table myself. I love Youxin. Great, honest guy!
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Old 05-17-2012   #18
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YY did a nice CLA on my M3, about $100 and a turnaround of 4 days. Great great guy. Also my 1st time to see him in picture. I'm a bit afraid of all those screws and small parts on the table though. I'l send him my M2 soon.
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I think there are a few of us here who have had the pleasure of sitting at his kitchen table and watching him work.
Yes indeed! A very nice guy.


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He CLA'd and replaced both shutter curtains on my new old M4. Highly recommended.

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Old 05-17-2012   #21
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Couldn't agree more!
Youxin is superb.
Very reasonably priced, great quality work.
Thanks for posting this--good to see the face with the name.
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Old 05-17-2012   #22
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Great to see him in the flesh, as it were. Thanks for these pictures. He's a hero to me also -- has worked on a IIIc, M2 and M4 for me. He's in my pantheon with Krikor Maralian, Karl Bryan, Greg Weber and Eric Hendricksen.
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I concur with everyone on thread, since there's not been a single poor word written here and he made my 1964 M2 into a thing of beauty and utter reliability!

Thanks for putting a face to a name I hold in awe and gratitude!
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It's almost silly to add more praise at this point... but please add my glowing recommendation as well. He worked on both my M3s and I couldn't have been more pleased with the service from start to finish.
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Love 'im! He's the only reason i felt comfortable buying old meterless Leicas.
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