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BlackbirdKing
02-12-2016, 12:36
I have two 35sp cameras, and the metering and shutter speeds have never let me down. I started thinking recently about having a CLA done to get some dust out of the lens assembly and brighten up the finder. I replaced the light seals myself a while back, and the cameras are both in great shape otherwise.

I have been unable to find anyone who will do a basic CLA on these cameras.

YYe and DAG don't work on them.

NipponPhotoClinic quoted me $180 for a "complete overhaul" including new light seals. I explained to them that I didn't need new light seals, and after a couple of frustrating emails exchanged, they can't tell me what a $180 complete overhaul includes. They just keep repeating that the light seals are probably bad and that they have no replacement parts for broken shutters. If they can't listen when I explain that I don't need light seals or shutter repair, then I am not paying them to touch my camera. They also said another option is just buying a used 35sp in better condition. I have two really clean, perfect operation cameras already, what good would that do? :rolleyes:

I contacted a woman who supposedly works on old Olympus cameras, but I am waiting on her to contact me back. She seemed only mildly interested in doing a CLA.

I am ready to quit looking. I would mail them out of the country if I knew I could find someone really good at maintenance service.

Any ideas? My cameras are important to me, so I need to find someone who will keep them running smoothly for the next 40 years.

Trius
02-12-2016, 16:51
Where are you located? John Hermanson (zuiko.com) no longer works on anything but OM and XA gear (I think) but he might be able to point you to someone else.

Essex Camera used to work on everything, but I have a vague memory that they were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy a few years ago and may have lost a lot of parts stock; I'm not sure if they can still work on the SP, but you could contact them at http://www.jeffersonhubbell.com

Good luck - they are worth having in top condition.

BlackbirdKing
02-12-2016, 17:18
I emailed John Hermanson but have not heard back. I think Essex is completely out of business. Their email address is no longer working. Still looking.

Orbiter
02-12-2016, 17:18
A few years ago Camera Techs in Seattle (cam techs.com) did a really nice job on an Olympus 35 LC for me. I'm not sure if they are still working on such cameras but if they are I would trust them to do a good job.

BlackbirdKing
02-12-2016, 17:32
Thanks, emailing them now.

splitimageview
02-12-2016, 18:21
Last year I had several SPs CLA'd, along with 35RC and 35RD. The gentleman who did the work was excellent and well-priced, and FAST...not sure if he's still doing it, PM me for contact info.

Trius
02-13-2016, 04:53
I emailed John Hermanson but have not heard back. I think Essex is completely out of business. Their email address is no longer working. Still looking. The old essexcamera domain is now owned by others, it's a porn site. Maybe use the phone number listed.