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    Camera Repair in LA Area

    I have a Canonet QL17 in need of repair. Can anyone recommend a good repair shop in the LA area, preferably on the Glendale/Pasadena side of things?

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    I have not tried them, but there is General Camera Repair on Colorado near Sierra Madre.

    www.generalcamera.net
    2218 East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91107-3656
    (626) 449-4533

    Do not - I repeat - do NOT go to Whilton...worst crap excuse for a repair shop I have ever used. Repairs were never done right, and always broke. Charged me for unneeded work. Every camera I took to him had to be taken to Steve's in Culver City to get it done right after it broke again. Got back an Canon F-1 once with lubricant literally dripping out from the base plate, and he replaced a part that did not need to be replaced. After two supposed CLAs, the same problems crop up, and I start ruining irreplaceable rolls because I expected the CLA to hold. He doesn't listen. He doesn't diagnose. He just takes an arrogant shotgun approach to his repairs. Camera purchased "just CLAd" one time had major issues not even worth repairing. Once he backed out of the two-lens deal he had made with me on a camera, for which I had left a deposit, and then tried to make it a one-lens "deal" for $20 less than the price we had agreed upon...for no apparent reason. I can see why he had to move his storefront into his home. I wasted at least $700 in this shop before I stopped giving him chances and the benefit of the doubt. In my experiences, not one thing was ever done perfectly in this shop...but he seemed nice enough, and fixed things if within six months...only to break again.
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    good repair shop in Escondido. contact Calumet store there
    they still clean/adjust shutters. had all my 'blad lenses done there and am happy
    Bill

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    Try Walter's Camera Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by PanaDP View Post
    I have a Canonet QL17 in need of repair. Can anyone recommend a good repair shop in the LA area, preferably on the Glendale/Pasadena side of things?
    near downtown. He's been in business for ages and is quite friendly and reasonably priced.

    www.walterscamerarepairs.com/
    "A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray

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    Thanks, guys. I dropped my camera off at Walter's Camera Repair. I'll post back when I pick it up and let you all know how his work is.



 

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