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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Harris
    Finally, there were many machinists that could and would do that sort of work if you go back 25 or more years. I have a friend who is a Tool & Die maker, once there were many of them too, who could easily do the sort of machining I needed but he closed his shop ten years ago.
    That's what I suspected. I've wondered why the older photography books I've looked at don't even mention the kinds of work SKG do. I imagine it was just taken for granted that one could easily find a machine shop to do customization of this sort.

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    Before WW2, materials were generally expensive and labor was cheap. And photo gear was immensely expensive.

    So, when you had a perfectly good lens and you could afford a shutter,
    a skilled machinist could mount it for you. Or, when the early shutter was on it's last legs and an Ilex was available, you went to the machinist. OR, when you had a Leica and wanted a longer lens, it was often cheaper to have a 135 Tessar adapted from a press camera than to buy the Hektor. There were good machinists in most cities.

    Steve carried on a great tradition. He was a brilliant mechanic and could make a Leica or Hasselblad sing, but loved solving problems and the unusual needs of view camera shooters in New England gave him plenty of scope. Replacing brass and aluminum with synthetics was a big achievement, and made it possible to do work economically. It was a great day when he brought home that lathe from the American Optical auction...
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

    -Bertrand Russell

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    One thing you will immediately notice if you read photo magazines from before the 1960s is how much of the magazine is devoted to do-it-yourself projects (e.g. film sheath adapters, tripods), especially during and before World War Two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satinsnow
    Since the dawn of photography, there has always been someone doing this type of work, I think Grimes may have been the first that understood the idea of good marketing, but certain people and companies have always been able to modify things to fit the requirements of the buying public.

    Dave
    Changing the scope of this thread a bit can anyone comment on this ebay ad.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

    http://tinyurl.com/fbr25


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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga
    Changing the scope of this thread a bit can anyone comment on this ebay ad.......

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    Not in public.
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    The manufacturer.

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    In Salt Lake in the eighties there was an man named Jack David. I believe thats the name I remember. You could bring anything photographic to him for repair. His shop was like a watchmakers, only full of camera stuff. If your camera needed a part he probably had it, and if he didn't, he would make it.

    He overhauled a CP16 movie camera for me, made new belts for it, CLA'd everything, and got it running smoothly, for like $90.

    The disposable, plastic, world is a poorer place for not having more of these type of craftspeople today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga
    Changing the scope of this thread a bit can anyone comment on this ebay ad.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

    http://tinyurl.com/fbr25


    Not much to comment, I know these guys have been around for a long time, but I have never done any business with them, if you look around the net, you might actually find it online somewhere that can be downloaded..

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    And before Forscher, Burke and James did things like mounting lenses in shutters and coating uncoated lenses.
    Speaking of this, who would folks go to to have a lens coated or re-coated today?

    Dean

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    Three URL's answering your question, Dean.

    http://www.focalpointlens.com/fp_intro.html
    http://www.venturablvd.com/lao/ultra...regrinding.htm
    http://araxfoto.com/repairing/

    I have no (so far) personal experiance. Just links from my collection.
    Andy
    Last edited by Andrey Donchev; 04-12-2006 at 03:37 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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