In need of a parts Bessa R

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  1. Eric Rose

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    A buddy of mine dropped his Bessa R and broke off the rewind crank. So, guess what I'm looking for.....

    If you can help that would be amazing. He loves the camera but Cameraquest quoted a stupid dollar amount to fix this thing.

    Thanks in advance.

    Eric
     
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    Will they sell the shaft & crank?
    The knob unscrews and the shaft drops out. There may be a small washer or two on top.
     
  3. Eric Rose

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    Nope. Tried that.
     
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    Well that's certainly a disincentive to consider a Bessa.
     
  5. Eric Rose

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    Try and buy a part from Leica. Don't think you would get to far either.
     
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    try contacting these guys - I've always found them to be pretty reasonable to deal with:

    http://www.mainlinephoto.com.au/

    or try some of the other international dealers:

    http://www.cosina.co.jp/kaigai/index.html

    if he only broke the knob, and the shaft is fine, then he should be able to find another rewind knob that will fit...I would try a newish Cosina or Vivitar or Ricoh SLR (plastic body one) - I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if the SLR part fits the Bessa (sorry - it's been years since I've seen a Bessa)
     
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    Generally speaking camera manufacturers will only sell spare parts to the official importers, and approved repairers.
     
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    I was reacting more to "Cameraquest quoted a stupid dollar amount to fix this thing". With most brands, there are various options for repair. Not sure whether those options exist for Bessa.
     
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  9. Eric Rose

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    True enough. I wasn't too impressed with Gandy's support or lack thereof.