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Yashica MAT & D repair - Mark Hama still good? Recent experiences?
Old 04-02-2018   #1
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Yashica MAT & D repair - Mark Hama still good? Recent experiences?

Hello all,

I'm trying to decide if I want to drop film entirely, or get my gear repaired and simplified. I've got two Yashica TLRs, a MAT (original version, no meter) and a D, that need general CLA (some speeds off, sticky shutter release buttons); the MAT also has some minor frame-spacing issues. Is Mark Hama still the go-to? I see his site is still up, but couldn't find any recent reviews. His eBay page has been slow. I figure he's got to be nearing retirement? Any recommendations welcome.

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I had him do a nice D about 6 months ago. It was fine, and fairly quick turnaround. Camera is nice since then. This is the second Yashica TLR he has done for me in the last 5 years, both fine.
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Mark repaired an early YashicaMat for me three years ago and did an excellent job at a reasonable price. IIRC turnaround was fairly quick.
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Hello all,

I'm trying to decide if I want to drop film entirely, or get my gear repaired and simplified. I've got two Yashica TLRs, a MAT (original version, no meter) and a D, that need general CLA (some speeds off, sticky shutter release buttons); the MAT also has some minor frame-spacing issues. Is Mark Hama still the go-to? I see his site is still up, but couldn't find any recent reviews. His eBay page has been slow. I figure he's got to be nearing retirement? Any recommendations welcome.

Thanks!
Please do report your experience.
I have a couple things that may be worth sending in to him.
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I had him do a nice D about 6 months ago. It was fine, and fairly quick turnaround. Camera is nice since then. This is the second Yashica TLR he has done for me in the last 5 years, both fine.
Thanks much - this is far more recent than most of the references I was able to find.
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Please do report your experience.
I have a couple things that may be worth sending in to him.
Cheers!
I will, thanks!
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Thanks much - this is far more recent than most of the references I was able to find.
I would suggest emailing him at the email address on his web site. Tell them what you want done, and ask for current lead times. I have always received an answer, usually pretty promptly, usually from someone I think is his son.
That should help sort things out.
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I would suggest emailing him at the email address on his web site. Tell them what you want done, and ask for current lead times. I have always received an answer, usually pretty promptly, usually from someone I think is his son.
That should help sort things out.
I ended up calling, and spoke to the man himself. He seemed unfazed by the multiple but admittedly minor issues with my cameras, and all the work will fall inside his flat fee for overhauls; he then asked me to send a quick email with my info and quoted two weeks. So far, so good.
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He just did a great job on a D for me about three months ago, has also done good work on a Mat several years back. Quick, dependable, reasonable prices.
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What does he charge for a CLA? I picked up a 124G a few months back that could use a tuneup.

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What does he charge for a CLA? I picked up a 124G a few months back that could use a tuneup.

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For my MAT (original, non-metered) his quote is a flat-rate of $135 + $18 for return shipping in the US. That covers CLA and parts for minor repairs, with the stipulation of a re-quote if major repairs/parts are needed. I imagine a 124G would be very similar.
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Hi, I sent Mark my Yashicamat 124g for a CLA in January - the camera came back to me in March, with more problems than it had before I sent it.

Sadly, communication was quite bad too. At some point I thought I'd never see my camera again. I did get it back in the end.

I am sure Mark is a great guy and great professional, however I wonder if he is still able to run this business the way he once did (based on the number of old excellent feedback on these and other boards).
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I'm worried too. Sent my camera in two and a half months ago. Had one communication to pay the money that was it. Have been trying to get in touch via phone and email with no response. I hope I get my camera back.
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Now I'm worried. He's always been extremely responsible, a person of real character. If he's gone silent... I'm worried. Anyone local to him, or have mutual friends?
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Just wanted to post an update. I have received my Rollei back and its working like a charm. Mark is still the man!
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