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Old 02-04-2019   #161
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If you are lucky enough to live in Thailand, AVCamera in Bangkok have a technician who does excellent work. He did a CLA on a Leica 1 and IIIC for me and they came back like new; and has just fixed a sticking shutter on my M3, carried out a CLA, and recovered the leather (which I supplied), for $100!
i live in Bangkok,How long it takes to Cla M3 camera ?
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Old 03-08-2019   #162
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Another recommendation for Youxin Ye. I purchased a CLA through E-Bay, within 4 days he got my M3 back to me complete with a pen picture of its history and his assessment of its overall condition.

His communication from the moment I purchased his service through E-Bay to when he shipped the camera was excellent.

I've popped in a roll of Portra and it feels like a well oiled machine :-)
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This might be a dumb question, but why not just send the camera to Leica for a factory authorized CLA? They still service the M2, M3, etc. Nothing wrong with going with an independent technician. I'm just wondering why going the Leica Service Center route doesn't seem to be a popular option.
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Old 03-10-2019   #164
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Ron,

That's a good question. Leica USA Web site still lists Calumet for servicing and lists others who do not advertise Leica servicing themselves.

So for me it comes down to reputation and accessability.
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This might be a dumb question, but why not just send the camera to Leica for a factory authorized CLA? They still service the M2, M3, etc. Nothing wrong with going with an independent technician. I'm just wondering why going the Leica Service Center route doesn't seem to be a popular option.
leica commands premium rates for servicing (i asked personally), many independent technicians are a lot more affordable.
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This might be a dumb question, but why not just send the camera to Leica for a factory authorized CLA? They still service the M2, M3, etc. Nothing wrong with going with an independent technician. I'm just wondering why going the Leica Service Center route doesn't seem to be a popular option.
Ron, to answer your question, Leica in NJ has a very small staff. Leica has had in the recent past lots of work replacing sensors in digital Ms, and wait times have been described as very long. In Canada, Gerry Smith who was the tech for Kindermann in Ontario has retired.

Don Goldberg (DAG) has been servicing Leica for a very long time (35+ years) i believe & has a very fine reputation. I prefer to know the name of the person who has his/her hands inside my Leica, rather than simply "Leica USA" (for example).
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Ron, to answer your question, Leica in NJ has a very small staff. Leica has had in the recent past lots of work replacing sensors in digital Ms, and wait times have been described as very long. I

The following is the time table for the CLA I had done on my M9, cannot say how things may differ with other models.

08/17/2019 Dropped off camera at Leica DC store
08/22/2019 Received Email from Leica NJ acknowledging receipt of camera
08/27/2019 Received and approved estimate for ClA
09/23/2019 Received notification of completion of CLA
09/26/2019 Camera returned via UPS
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DAG did my M2 + Lens for 1 month..actually Don told me its 3 weeks , but i hesitate to ask all the time. So when its 1 month i ask him ad he told me its ready to ship within 2 days.. and yes its ship and arrive within 1 week So i was happy and will send my M3 early this year.
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