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Old 6 Days Ago   #41
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Reading all this who on earth would actually want to be camera repair person?
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I dont know of any competent repair shops driven out if business because of too much work.

No matter what line if business they are in.
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Reading all this who on earth would actually want to be camera repair person?
Sover, DAG, Youxin, Harry Fleenor/Rolleirepairs, Precision Camera Works, Nippon Photographic etc etc
Ya know all the competent professional shops that do excellent work and are honest about lead times.
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Earlier this year I purchased a near-mint Canon VI-T rangefinder. The shutter speeds were all off and the lever advance was very rough and notchy. I was going to ask DAG for a cost and time-to-repair estimate, but heard good things about Kanto Camera, in Japan, so decided to go with them. I fired off an email to Kanto and got back a timely response giving me a cost estimate and informing me they were backlogged and that it would be three months before they could get to my camera. I was okay with that and mailed the camera to Japan. At exactly the three month mark, they notified me my camera was being worked on (they put a picture of my taken-apart camera on their Instagram page too). Another email soon followed telling we what was wrong with the camera and how much it would cost to fix (the notchy film advance was due to a broken self-timer. They replaced the self-timer. Don’t ask me where they got a new one). The cost was very reasonable so I PP’d them the money and got my repaired camera in less than a week. Kanto did a stellar job. I’ll definitely be using them in the future.

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Good to know, Jim! Thanks for the report.
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Reading through some of these posts fills a fear. I have had 'withdrawal' symptoms for my Leica 3f.
Does anyone have any news of Alan Starkie and his current turn-around time?
Last I heard it was 4 to 5 months; right now I have clocked 7 months.

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The Starkies are pretty booked, they just finished a project of mine that I sent them in February.
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Sover, DAG, Youxin, Harry Fleenor/Rolleirepairs, Precision Camera Works, Nippon Photographic etc etc
Ya know all the competent professional shops that do excellent work and are honest about lead times.

You might add Hendrickson at Pentaxes.
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At the bottom of this email, was this statement:

'Your repair "place in line" has been added chronologically to our password protected website tab...
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Lastly, attached below is the current list.
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Just a point of order - I think that list is intended to be private.

Not that I, as you Americans say, have a dog in this fight.
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The list doesn’t reveal any private info.

There have been no further changes to said list...
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I have had work done by most of the people discussed in this thread, including Eric, Henry, Gus, Youxin and DAG (among others), and can honestly say I have been thrilled with the results.

But, to be honest, I did not expect the repair to be quick and anticipated a very long turnaround.

Most of the time my expectations were rewarded.

In my experience if you honestly expect your particular camera to be repaired quickly then you had better be prepared to negotiate for a much higher price then the standard quote. As they say, you get what you pay for.
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I was once told 3 months for a dual range Summicron service, which ended up as 9 months. In the end, after largely despairing of getting it back within a year, it arrived back in an exquisite condition. Good Leica repairers here are completely overwhelmed so you just have to take it on the chin.
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Good points, quality techs are booked.

No problems with the wait; the problem is when the promised wait (10 weeks) expanded into 24 months, and when this was related to the tech, suddenly queue jumping starts, which indicates the queue is, in fact, of no value. In addition, doubt arose about the statement of working on cameras in 'like batches', which the queue itself disputes...

Latest: After the queue jump, I was told the CLs were going to be done last Friday, but have received no further word.
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