Does anywhere repair LF cameras in the UK?

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  1. Akki14

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    I've tried emailing a few places online that claim they fix large format cameras. Two haven't replied in the two weeks since so maybe they're out of business :sad: One, who's website said they repair large format cameras, replied with a terse "we can't help you with your camera" after I explained in email that it needs its focal plane shutter fixed/re-tensioned.

    Can anyone recommend a place to get my 4x5 press cam's focal plane shutter fixed? It slows to a stop on the slower speeds and is a bit sticky to get back to the Open setting from the T setting. It seems too tightly wound at the higher speeds too, I can't turn the knobs without far too much force to try to get to the higher speeds.
     
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    The shutter on the Speed Graphic isn't too difficult to clean & adjust yourself, I've done my own on a real old beat up camera, and it's now fine. The repair manual is available online., but I didn't see it until after I'd fixed mine.

    What camera is it ? Give Newton & Ellis a call in Liverpool, they may be able to help.

    Ian
     
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    It's like a speed graphic but older... Faceplate on it says Folmer & Schwing div. Eastman Kodak so it's before Graflex became Graflex and starting making real Speed Graphics/Crown Graphics etc. It's the same mechanism as on a Speed Graphic as far as I can understand it but I've not found any visual diagrams on how to fix it myself. I'm a little wary of opening it up when there's springs involved.
     
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    You could try the Norfolk Camera Centre on 01362 693506. They repair lenses and cameras of all formats, and, in my experience are very good value. I've taken in medium and large format cameras and lenses (some with slow/sticky shutters) with good results.

    Steve
     
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    Camarthen camera center 01267 223355.

    I have had my compur shutter repaired through them, exelant job and very reasonable.
    A friend had 3 older cannon slrs repaired through them by the same chap, one had a faulty focal plane shutter, again exelant job and very reasonable.

    Hope this helpful.
    Regards Paul.
     
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    LF camera repairs

    I think that Luton Camera Repairs will do the job for you. You can call them on 01582 458 323. They will sort most things - and I know that they have fixed large format stuff before.

    They also have a website - www.lutoncameras.co.uk/HomeFrame.html

    Good luck with it.

    Mark :smile:
     
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    Luton Camera Repair is who I emailed and who replied saying they couldn't help :sad: Hence my slight peevedness towards them because that page says they fix large format cameras and they seemingly can't fix mine which I thought was a pretty straight forward kind of repair.
     
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    Heather, I think the major problem is most UK companies offer a guarantee on repairs, which they'd be reluctant to do with your camera. You really need an old retired camera repair man (or woman), there is a guy in Clay Cross but I'm not sure where to find his details.

    You might try the Graflex.org website for help. Someone should be able to point you in the right direction.

    Ian
     
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    Ah well... they have always sorted everything for me. Apologies for getting it wrong this time then. I won't shout about how good they are next time.

    Mark :sad:
     
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    Thanks Sandeha you've just reminded me my two TLR's are due to go to Black on Whit, as soon as I return to the UK :D

    They are superb, and fast, if you call them mention you heard about them here on APUG - they have heard of us before !!!

    Ian