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Kodak Ektra repair
Old 02-25-2009   #1
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Kodak Ektra repair

Can anyone recommend a repairman for a Kodak Ektra Camera?
Of course the shutter jammed after a few exposures...
I know it's the repairman's nightmare but anyone might dare to fix it...
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If you're talking about classic Ektra, the 1940s system RF, then the only person I know of is in the U.S., Ken Ruth of Photography on Bald Mountain (http://www.baldmtn.com/).
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No one is likely to have experience of repairing an Ektra -- but competent repair people should be able to figure it out. The camera's shutter was of course the main reason for its rapid demise.
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Also the fact that it was introduced during a period of economic austerity & was extremely expensive, particularly after WWII, when German imports were relatively cheap. Bell & Howell's Foton suffered a similar fate despite being very mechanically reliable.

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The camera's shutter was of course the main reason for its rapid demise.
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