Need help badly!! Bad bad week with the hasselblads!!!!

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  1. kjsphoto

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    Well I just don tget it I baby my stuff and today I was up on the Sonora pass and this shot I wanted I pulled out my 150! My workhorse lens. And guess what the shutter ring froze. And I turned it! And now it doesnt work!

    So in one week I lost a back and now my 150... Does anyone know how much this may cost? Also how is the best place to send this in to. I was thinking of going directly to hasselblad and fedex it over night as I need it for a job next weekend.

    Thank you all again!

    Very very bummed! :sad:

    Kev
     
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    Kevin,
    I would overnight the lens directly to hasselblad in in NJ. But you need to follow up and make sure they can get it fixed right away. Sometimes they take a little bit of prodding but always come through.

    good luck
     
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    Kevin, if you go to the HasselbladUSA web site.

    http://www.hasselbladusa.com/

    Then look in Dealers; Service Centers for California. You will find the following three Hassleblad Service Centers.

    California Precision Service, Inc.
    1714 28th Street
    Sacramento , CA 95816
    California
    Tel. (916) 451-1330
    Fax. (916) 451-7460

    Camera Service Center
    4355 Sepulveda Blvd.
    Culver City , CA 90230
    California
    Tel. (310) 397-0072
    Fax. (310) 397-3473

    Professional Photographic Repair
    7910 Raytheon Road
    San Diego , CA 92111
    California
    Tel. (858) 277-3700
    Fax. (858) 277-5332

    You may be able to get fast turnaround repair sevice from one of these service centers. I have no personal experience with any of them.

    I use Pro Camera Service in Thousand Oaks, CA for maintenance/repair of my Hasselblad equipment.

    Good Luck!
     
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    Tom,

    How good are these guys in Thousands oaks? I wanted to have it ready to ship by the morning as there is no fedex near me and they pick up around 11am and I have to cal it in tonight.

    Also any idea about what it will cost for a CF lens shutter repair? I can have it packaged up and ready to go. I have a wedding to cover on the 22nd and I use the 150 quite a bit. I could also you the 80 and just crop but I like to keep it tight..

    Thanks again,

    Kev
     
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    David,

    Good idea. I have never used the other places and need this back and fixed!

    Thanks again,

    Kev
     
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    Apex Camera Repair, (925) 933-6016, 1295 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

    call them and see how fast they can do it. They are great guys to work with.

    Walnut Creek is in the East Bay of the San Francisco area.
     
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    Pro Camera Service have done camera and lens repair and CLA for me (Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, LF shutters, etc.) for about 23 years. Call them at (805) 497-7240.

    Incidentally, they have some Hassy rental lenses - don't know if they have a 150.

    http://www.procamera.net/
     
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    I have my lenses rebuilt every couple of years.

    What you have is a relatively small problem and will probably run between $150 and $200.

    As I mentioned in a previous thread, I use the following people and have had great service etc.


    Associated Camera Repair
    3401 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
    Portland OR 97232
    503-232 5625



    Michael MCBlane
     
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    Thank you all for the replies.

    What causes the shutter to fail on a lens?
     
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    In extreme cases the blades can seize up, but in your case it is probably just that these lenses need some moving parts like springs replaced.


    Michael
     
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    Amount of use and preventative maintenance.

    $150 every couple of years is a small price to pay.


    Michael
     
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    I tell you this the quality of the lenses are superior. Their sharpess, contrast are just amazing. I have never been so happy with a system that like Michael said it is no big deal every few years to have to spend a $100 or $200 for maintenance..

    Thank you all again!

    Kev
     
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    Owning stuff is one thing, using it is another.

    Best of luck on all your savings.



    Michael
     
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    jdef,

    Not to have an argument or anything like that, but I used to print in commercial labs for years, 8x10 negs/chromes (cibachrome), 4x5, 6x6, 6x4.5, 35mm and I can tell you that the 6x6 was always sharper and had more contrast than the 6x4.5 version. I am not naming brands but I am naming film sizes. Every time we came across well-exposed chromes/BW, negs the 6x6 was always sharper and more contrast than the 6x6. Now the 6x7 format also produces excellent results as well.

    I am just speaking from printing experience and looking at thousands and thousands of slides of different formats. This is why years ago I went with the 6x6 instead of the 6x4.5 format because of the picture quality the 6x6 and above produces.

    I based my decision back them on image quality and print quality. Then before I made the purchase I rented the different formats and printed them from 8x10 up to 30x40 for comparison and again the 6x6 and 6x7 formats prevailed every time in both sharpness and contrast.

    I really liked the 6x4.5 at the time but what I saw convinced me otherwise.

    Just my two cents.
     
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    Well I ended sending it off to Hasselblad directly and it seems that it is a spring. I will know for sure on Monday.

    Thanks again to everyone!

    Kev