Lens painting
Old 04-24-2012   #1
Archlich
Registered User
 
Archlich is online now
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,298
Lens painting

Hi,

I'm tempted to have one of my lenses painted, but had been scared of the possible 1-2 years turnaround time of Shintaro, as I intend to use my lens.

Is there anyone who had recently received their lenses from Shintaro-san - what is his turnaround time now, for a single lens (instead of some heavily abused M3)?

I have also tried to contact Lumiere, the partner of Youxin Ye's painting business, but to no avail - they may not be replying mails written in English. Anyone has any idea how could I contact them, or any other talents that offer lens painting service?


Thanks,

Steve
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-24-2012   #2
JayM
Registered User
 
JayM is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Age: 35
Posts: 296
I'm interested in this kind of information too and have heard that turn arounds are quite long. CRR isn't taking anything new till August. My impression is that their turnaround for painting isn't that fast either.

A wait of a month or two isn't a big deal for me but longer than that and it gets into the question of buying a spare camera just to have it repainted which makes it a different sort of decision for me.
__________________
Show me your film leaders and I will tell you what you are.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-26-2012   #3
Archlich
Registered User
 
Archlich is online now
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,298
Anybody had experience with Kanto Camera Service - do they speak English?
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-26-2012   #4
RFluhver
Registered User
 
RFluhver is offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 447
I do. I emailed them about 2 years ago to ask about CLA. They replied in English. Anyway, I subsequently opted for Youxin instead for cost savings.

But I did go to their store in Kawasaki to buy some of those special battery adapters. And yes, at least back then they had one staff member who spoke basic English, enough for my simple transaction. For something complex like a repaint, I probably wouldn't do business with them on my own. I'd take a Japanese-speaking mate or something.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-27-2012   #5
Archlich
Registered User
 
Archlich is online now
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,298
Thanks for the info RFuhver!

I just got reply from Kanto, and surprisingly, the mail's English is pretty good. I'd like leave a detailed report here for future reference:

They stated that they usually overhaul the lens while doing repaint, and the total cost would be 20,000 JPY (overhaul) + 40,000 JPY (paint job), plus 5% tax. If the lens's serial number is lower than approximately 1900000, they will have to recoat one of the inner elements, which will cost an extra 20,000 JPY.

Turnaround is said to be 3-4 months. Better (and more credible) than one to two years I guess, plus Shintaro-san currently seems not accepting any painting commissions from strangers at all.
  Reply With Quote

Old 04-27-2012   #6
surfer dude
Registered User
 
surfer dude is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 411
Er, excuse my ignorance, but if you paint your lens, how are you gonna get a picture?
  Reply With Quote

Repaint Summaron 35/2.8
Old 05-21-2012   #7
EZfan
RF Shooter
 
EZfan's Avatar
 
EZfan is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: The Lone Star state
Posts: 100
Repaint Summaron 35/2.8

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/phot...p?photo=181550
Just done it last weekend
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF0001b.jpg (52.9 KB, 32 views)
__________________

Camera/lens accumulator and seasonal painter.
________________________


<img src=http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=28907&dateline=1235974840 onload=if(this.width > 1024) {this.width=1024;this.alt='Click here to see a large version';} onmouseover=if(this.alt) this.style.cursor='pointer'; onclick=if(this.alt) window.open('http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=28907&dateline=1235974840'); border=0 />
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-21-2012   #8
dogberryjr
[Pithy phrase]
 
dogberryjr's Avatar
 
dogberryjr is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Appalachia, USA
Posts: 1,163
Quote:
Originally Posted by EZfan View Post
Wow! You've done a nice job there.
__________________
M, LTM, FD, F, Film, Digital, MF . . . Jack of all, master of none.
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-21-2012   #9
muser53
MUSER53
 
muser53 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: People's Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 442
Quote:
Originally Posted by surfer dude View Post
Er, excuse my ignorance, but if you paint your lens, how are you gonna get a picture?

SD, you've got to make sure to leave a small "pinhole" works great!
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-21-2012   #10
EZfan
RF Shooter
 
EZfan's Avatar
 
EZfan is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: The Lone Star state
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by dogberryjr View Post
Wow! You've done a nice job there.
Thank dogberryjr
__________________

Camera/lens accumulator and seasonal painter.
________________________


<img src=http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=28907&dateline=1235974840 onload=if(this.width > 1024) {this.width=1024;this.alt='Click here to see a large version';} onmouseover=if(this.alt) this.style.cursor='pointer'; onclick=if(this.alt) window.open('http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=28907&dateline=1235974840'); border=0 />
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 20:40.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.