suggestions for a CLA of mt RB kit

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by eddie gunks, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. eddie gunks

    eddie gunks Member

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    hello all,
    i have an rb pro s kit that i love dearly. i has been all over the world and has produced awesome pics. i bought it all BGN grade from keh some time back and i am thinking maybe i should get a CLA done now while all the good camera repair people are easy to find. i figure soon they will all have new jobs soon.

    am i crazy to do this, or should i wait for them to fail and pick up a "new" one at a later date? they should keep coming down in price. i have 1 body, 3 lenses, and 2 backs. i figure a good clean and some new seals would go a long way.

    please tell me your favorite and greatest repair people. i would like to have a perfect job so i will not have to worry about this again for 20-30 years! would it be crazy expensive and over kill to let mamiya do it? do they still have a repair team there? how about a non manufacture team? thanks everyone.

    eddie
     
  2. Nick Zentena

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    I wouldn't count on prices to keep coming down. Sooner or later [and I think we're close] the supply of people dumping stuff will dry up.

    I'd ask Mamiya how much they want. It likely won't be the cheapest but won't cost anything to ask on thier web forum.
     
  3. m_liddell

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    I've been thinking the same. My RB is a pro s is pretty much mint and boxed which means it was probably left sitting around not being used for many years. Even the paint on the winder looked new which is very rare. Still, it has been solidly performing for the last 2 years I've had it.
     
  4. eddie gunks

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    okay okay. i checked with mamiya.
    pros body $253
    lens $210
    i might as well get a "new" body/lens fom keh. will all my existing lenses, backs and all fit on a Pro SD body. i might as well get the newest upgrade i can. thanks again
    eddie
     
  5. paul ron

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    Well you asked Mamiya, what did you expect? You don't take your car back to the dealer for a $200 oil change do you?

    I've been doing complete CLAs for $150... camera body plus 1 lens n 1 back, all seals included, you pay the round trip shipping.
     
  6. elekm

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    Hey, there is no guarantee that the next body you buy won't need to be serviced. Like anything mechanical, it will need serviced at some point.

    Any if the camera is approaching the 15- to 20-year mark, it most certainly will need to have those foam seals replaced.

    I would spend the money and get it serviced. You know the camera, and you know it's operating as you like.
     
  7. m_liddell

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    Eek! I was looking to get my 180mm C looked at but it may be better to dump it on ebay and buy a newer KL since I was going to replace it eventually anyway.

    Anyone know someone who does mamiya work at a reasonable price in London?