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    Quote Originally Posted by illumiquest View Post
    What would be your suggestion for a relatively young person who loves the older equipment and would like to learn to work on it? It's never going to be a profitable venture but someone needs to learn or we're going to end up with a large quantity of paper weights.
    Being also a graduate of the National Camera Course, I would recommend finding these course materials as a starting off point, especially if you're focusing on older equipment. Then you have other books out there such as Ed Romney's and Thomas Tomosy's. I wish I had kept my Nat Cam materials but they went when I sold my shop in 1988. Since that time, I only work on motion picture cameras.

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    Jean-Louis

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    Quote Originally Posted by illumiquest View Post
    I've been looking and so far have just come up with CFi and later lenses. I mostly have older C lenses which need the repairs.
    I would have a Hasselblad trained technician do it. Since they don't manufacture parts any more for C lenses, the can only repair them until they run out of parts inventory. So I'd do it soon.
    Jim

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    I don't think it's hard to copy the hassy parts when hassy should stop making them, it's not rocket science. The Computer guided machines only need a cad drawing.

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    It's a question of cost. Anything can be made.

    I recently needed a small screw for my lathe. The quote from the manufacturer for a single piece was $480.00.

    Machines cost money, and so do the people who program them and run them.

    - Leigh
    “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato

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    I haven't heard of anyone losing a C lens due to a lack of parts.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    I don't know. It's hard to find young people interested in doing anything constructive.

    Obviously you need someone with good mechanical aptitude. That's a scarcity in the computer age.

    - Leigh
    Funny you mention this, I'm 23 and grew up working on cars with my uncle and feel I have a good grasp of mechanics...The guy who used to rent the current office I'm in was/is a camera and clock repairmen and joked about selling me his old repair tools since he no longer wants to do that anymore. I've been thinking about it somewhat seriously because I feel I am pretty good when it comes to these delicate tasks. Where does one go to learn these things? Is that camera school still open?
    K.S. Klain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    Is that camera school still open?
    Nope, long gone. I was the last graduate before they went bankrupt, many years ago. I got a letter from the Dean acknowledging my completion of the course, but never did get a diploma.

    Trade schools in general took a real hit in the early 1980s when the GI bill from Vietnam ran out.

    - Leigh
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    Understood. I've always figured the only way to get into such a business would be to work directly with someone who already knew the work. I currently work IT, but would much prefer something more individual and physical. Virtual machines take a toll on your sense of accomplishment and work.
    K.S. Klain

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm a engineer, concentrating on data comm and embedded control systems rather than IT.

    It's discouraging to look back on a career and realize that all the neat things you designed are obsolete and filling up dumpsters.

    - Leigh
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    Natcam.net still has the manuals and parts listed on their site. =@)
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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