Rolleiflex 3,5F Planar Lens Separation

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  1. bunip

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    My father's rolley, after almost 50 years of family photography, begun to develop some lens separation on the planar's front group, first in periphery, later growing some mm a year. Is there anything to do to save this lens? I searched on this and other resources but still it's unclear to me if fixing lens separation is a standard repair, is something only few repairers will do or is only a diy option with unpredictable results.
    Anyone knows a repairer in Europe (Italy) who could threat my lens?
    thanks for reading/helping
     
  2. John Koehrer

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    There aren't a lot of technicians that will touch servicing separation.
    This guy closed up shop recently and makes no bones about it but he could do
    almost anything with lenses. He has a link to his old site
    if you think that would help. http://www.baldmtn.com/
    Besides him, I'm not familiar with anyone in the US that would do it.
    If there's someone left, I'm sure someone will let you know.
     
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    Try emailing Focal Point Lens , Jon Van Stelton
    http://www.focalpointlens.com
    I understand they do this type of thing. I have never used them.
    It's a camera worth the effort.
    Good luck
     
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    Many thanks to John and Jeff for links provided. If I'll not find someone here in Europe will consider sending oversea.
     
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    I have had other work done at Focal Point, Jon does very good work.