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    Lens servicing people in & around Melbourne/Geelong

    G'day all,
    Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good place to take lenses for a good proper dismantle and clean? I want to get my enlarger lenses back to pristine (they vary between pretty good ond just okay), then eventually get a couple of my large format lenses there too, even though they're all pretty nice anyway.

    Through work we use Camera Clinic in Melbourne, but Can anyone recommend anywhere else?

    I was going to just have a crack myself, especially sine I've got double-ups of a couple focal lengths, so one could still be in use while I slowly work away at the other. However... I recently dug up an old zoom that I remember Dad pulling apart to service when we were kids... It was never the same again! So I thought, even though I know enough to get myself into trouble, perhaps I'd be better off going to someone who knows even more, at least enough to get OUT of trouble again!

    Thanks guys,
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    It's a bit of a hike from Geelong, but I would recommend Shutterbox in Camberwell. I haven't used them for a little while, but I have always been happy with their service. They have a web site at www.shutterbox.com.au.

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    Their always easy to pull apart.....

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    Steve, your dog would have it this way:
    My goal in life, is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.

    So do it yourself. Imagine how wildly excited the woofer will be if you pull it off without a hitch.

    On the other hand...
    .::Gary Rowan Higgins

    A comfort zone is a wonderful place. But nothing ever grows there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMBooth View Post
    Their always easy to pull apart.....
    Yea, I cane complete confidence in my ability to that point. ("...now where's that chisel..." -Young Einstein)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    On the other hand...
    ...I have different fingers?

    Initially I had thought the same, eg, I've got two 135mm Rodagons, serial numbers not too far apart, one cleaner than the other. I'd thought to strip down the not-so-clean one and hope for the best. If I butchered it, I'd still have my 'good' one in use anyway... But then I thought of how comforting it is having a backup, and how much they'd cost me to replace...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveR View Post
    ...I have different fingers?

    Initially I had thought the same, eg, I've got two 135mm Rodagons, serial numbers not too far apart, one cleaner than the other. I'd thought to strip down the not-so-clean one and hope for the best. If I butchered it, I'd still have my 'good' one in use anyway... But then I thought of how comforting it is having a backup, and how much they'd cost me to replace...

    You worry too much...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    You worry too much...
    ...says the man who screamed in terror when I cleaned a filter with the soft inside of my jumper!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveR View Post
    ...says the man who screamed in terror when I cleaned a filter with the soft inside of my jumper!

    What!? You cleaned your filter with a jumper!? I'm sending the Filthy Filter Police round.
    It is quite a normal reaction from an old hand who has never broken or scatched a filter.

    (But an old hand who has screamed at the loss of several Käsemann polarisers to rivers, creeks, under car wheels and petty-minded, lily-livered, pink-pawed pilferers...)

    PS: Have you started the cleaning job of the lenses yet?
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    I have a 150 Rodagon that show signs of lens seperation that now I think about that i have pulled apart, nothing to it really just keep everything in order the way it come out. No spring or spacer to be concerned about. You

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