Did you ever have a lucky garage sale day? Yesterday was a good day: 16 cameras and ten lenses... four of them are Leicas, seven are old Nikons including a super-rare "Nikkor F", chrome version, with the TN finder and a 1.4/50mm, another F, an F2 Photomic, four Nikkormats and many more. The better cameras will get a professional CLA, I will use some of them and sell the others. I always wanted a Nikon F and a Leica M3 DS with the collapsible 50mm/f3.5
Some of these cameras need a repair but do not have much value: Nikkormats are pretty cheap these days, just like the Leica R4 bodies and this tiny Olympus 35 RD. So, buying full CLAs for all of them is not very wise from an economic point of view. I can't repair cameras myself, not even the sticky shutter in the Olympus, a repair described as a good first job for a beginner. One of the Nikkormats and a Leica R4 body share the same problem: mirror is up, shutter can't be fired though the camera seems to be cocked. I did not check half of the cameras yet, due to a lack of mercury batteries (speak: battery adapters), but I expect some of them to have some problems.
I don't want to give them away as defective, but I don't want to spend 150 bucks on a CLA for a camera that is worth 100 bucks. What would you do with these relatively cheap cameras? Are there any reliable repairmen for such cameras in Europe that can work 'housewifely' and only repair what needs to be repaired?