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pbromaghin
01-14-2012, 09:54 PM
I Denver there is a bicycle/camera repair shop on Broadway, south of I-25, amongst all the antique shops. It's a fascinating place - old bicycle parts, lenses, old cameras in various states of disrepair, all in a big jumble. I stumbled upon the place while cruising the antique shops with my wife. I can't remember the name of the place, but the guy said a CLA on my old Zeiss folder with the Novar lens and Compur shutter would be about $100.

Does anybody have any experience with him? The price isn't too far out of line and if he is any good I would prefer to keep the camera in town and avoid using the mail.

Thanks in advance.

semi-ambivalent
01-14-2012, 10:50 PM
I Denver there is a bicycle/camera repair shop on Broadway, south of I-25, amongst all the antique shops. It's a fascinating place - old bicycle parts, lenses, old cameras in various states of disrepair, all in a big jumble. I stumbled upon the place while cruising the antique shops with my wife. I can't remember the name of the place, but the guy said a CLA on my old Zeiss folder with the Novar lens and Compur shutter would be about $100.

Does anybody have any experience with him? The price isn't too far out of line and if he is any good I would prefer to keep the camera in town and avoid using the mail.

Thanks in advance.

Do you remember the cross street? Or address? Or name? That's my neck of town. (How were the "antiques"?)

s-a

pbromaghin
01-15-2012, 06:46 PM
Now that I look at google maps, it looks like it was S.E Denver Camera Repair between Florida and Arkansas.

The antiques? They were ok, I guess. My wife was looking for what you might call accent pieces, something to jazz up the place. There were a couple of early Kodak Brownies (the almost-cardboard ones) in real good shape that were mighty tempting and a Kodak 6x9 folder that I was all ready to get until I saw it was 620 and not 120. I didn't want the trouble for 620. Since then I have been hearing it might not be all that much so much bother.

Still wondering - has anybody used this guy?

semi-ambivalent
01-15-2012, 07:12 PM
Now that I look at google maps, it looks like it was S.E Denver Camera Repair between Florida and Arkansas.

The antiques? They were ok, I guess. My wife was looking for what you might call accent pieces, something to jazz up the place. There were a couple of early Kodak Brownies (the almost-cardboard ones) in real good shape that were mighty tempting and a Kodak 6x9 folder that I was all ready to get until I saw it was 620 and not 120. I didn't want the trouble for 620. Since then I have been hearing it might not be all that much so much bother.

Still wondering - has anybody used this guy?

Wonder if this guy had Rocky Mountain Camera Repair years ago. They fixed for me a 105mm that had rolled off a 100' cliff onto the scree field. In the rain. Took two of us two hours to find it. Bent hood, bent filter ring and a crushed focusing ring. This was over twenty years ago. I'll go in this week and ask him. Don't know if he's a wizard but if he still has his chops he'd be pretty darn good.

s-a

pbromaghin
01-16-2012, 12:48 AM
I think he's been there forever. He seems to disappear into the background like Bartelby the Scrivener, as if the place is an extension of himself and they have merged into one being via the famous Spock Mind Meld. If there are a bunch of 10-speed street bikes in the front of the store you have the right place.

Derek Lofgreen
01-16-2012, 10:08 AM
I just stumbled across this place over the weekend. It was a blast to go in and see the piles of cameras, camera parts, bicycles and bike parts. A couple of old crusty types eating lunch in the back say "hi" and are surprised I still shoot film. As far as having a camera fixed there.... uhm, I don't think so. He may be good but the way the shop looked, I'm afraid he would set it down somewhere and it would never be found again.

toro_mike
01-16-2012, 10:46 AM
I was in there a couple of years ago. Glad to hear it hasn't changed :)
Never had anything repaired there, but it is a really cool little shop to wander in.

pbromaghin
01-16-2012, 08:57 PM
As far as having a camera fixed there.... uhm, I don't think so. He may be good but the way the shop looked, I'm afraid he would set it down somewhere and it would never be found again.

This place reminds me of all the basement and garage shops where things like this used to be done in 1960's rural northern Minnesota when I was growing up. All the little towns were full of crusty old guys eating lunch in places piled high with God knows what it all was. Yeah, it's hard to trust that old way when we are so accustomed to customer service reps in matching polo shirts having a record of your every transaction available in a hand-held unit. I should take a flyer on the guy.

Wolfeye
01-16-2012, 09:02 PM
This place reminds me of all the basement and garage shops where things like this used to be done in 1960's rural northern Minnesota when I was growing up. All the little towns were full of crusty old guys eating lunch in places piled high with God knows what it all was. Yeah, it's hard to trust that old way when we are so accustomed to customer service reps in matching polo shirts having a record of your every transaction available in a hand-held unit. I should take a flyer on the guy.

Better yet, head down there and do a photo essay on him and his shop. I'd bet it'd be a real neat story for APUG.

pbromaghin
01-18-2012, 10:28 AM
Better yet, head down there and do a photo essay on him and his shop. I'd bet it'd be a real neat story for APUG.

That would be fun, but you have no idea what kind of shitstorm it would stir up. With no hard deadline, it would turn into the never ending project that ate pbromaghin's house. "Just one more shot of that display case, just one more rewrite of that paragraph...."

ndrs
01-18-2012, 10:44 AM
I Denver there is a bicycle/camera repair shop...

It's all in a days work for Bicycle Repairman! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxfzm9dfqBw)

Sorry, could not resist.

Denverdad
01-19-2012, 02:43 AM
Well that would be Jerry's you're talking about! Jerry's Camera & Bicycle, that is (1445 S. Broadway; 303-388-6611). I have been there a number of times. All the descriptions above about the jumble and clutter are spot on. It's one of those fascinating little shops where a certain type of person might feel rather uncomfortable due to the disarray, while others (myself included) will find their treasure-hunting spirit lifted to glorious heights! If you visit, take your time and look around slowly because you never know what you will find hiding innocently in some barely accessible corner, or resting at the bottom of a box of seemingly random items. Now having said all that, understand that my interests center on older and sometimes rather primitive medium format cameras (especially from the '40's - '60's), so my standards for "treasure" may be a little lower than yours! ;)

As for service, I originally looked into Jerry's regarding repair of my Kodak Medalist II, figuring I would take a chance and give "the local guy" my business. I have to say he was easy enough to talk to, and was communicative via phone conversations as I continued to check up on the status over a period of a several months. He apparently was waiting to get hold of a spare part that was required, but that never seemed to materialize. Eventually, I decided I didn't want to wait any longer and asked for the camera back. To his credit, he was gracious about that and I retrieved the camera without question or any type of hassle whatsoever. I admit that I too wondered if he might lose the camera or not be able to get it back together again, but no such disaster occurred. In the end I sent it to a well known repair person often recommended on these forums... but that is the subject of another report (one I will give, if and when I ever get the camera back! :()

Incidentally, I should point out the antique store which is across the street from Jerry's - The Broadway Antique Broker. It doesn't look like a place where you would find any cameras, since the first floor is almost all furniture (especially large items, as I recall). But if you make your way upstairs you will find a room filled with interesting gadgets, appliances, toys, oddities, and in particular, one interesting looking glass case filled entirely with old cameras, flashes, and photo gear. This upstairs area is guarded by a somewhat frail looking older gentleman (on oxygen, as I recall). In general, he is helpful enough. But what drives me nuts is that the cameras in that glass case are layered 2-3 deep and it is hard to tell exactly what might be buried there at the bottom of the pile! Frustratingly, he won't let you walk around to the other side to get a better view, or in any way rummage through the layers so you can see what is actually there. Now if you can point to it, he will get it out for you and let you handle it; but I really wish I could do some scrounging on my own to find out what is there. Oh well, it's probably just junk anyway.

Jeff

pbromaghin
01-20-2012, 11:21 AM
denverdad - Your experience is exactly what I am concerned about - the camera sitting there for months and nothing happening. The old Zeiss has become pretty dear to me and I feel like I owe it to the camera to get it CLA'd. Have you ever been to Denver Camera Trader out on Hampden west of 85? Just as junky but lots more camera stuff and no bicycles.

We didn't go into Broadway Antique Broker. Now I wish we had.

Derek Lofgreen
01-20-2012, 11:25 AM
I was actually in that antique shop the same day as the bike/camera shop. Your right Jeff, there is a glass case upstairs guarded by a little man full of cameras. I would say it's about 4 layers deep. I asked the guy if I could look through them and he handed me a flash light! "This will help" he said. So I peered through the stash of cameras, and asked to see a few that I could see with the flash light. Most are junk cameras, and they want hundreds of dollars for them. Yeah, uhm I don't think so. I really don't think he wants to sell any of them.

Denverdad
01-21-2012, 12:41 AM
Yep, I've been to The Camera Trader too. I can't comment on what their repair service might be like though, as I have never used them.

Derek, you're probably right about most of those cameras being junk. ...still wish I could have a closer look, though!