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    Who was there before SK Grimes?

    Before we had SK Grimes to do our machining for us, who did the sort of work they do? Did every city have a camera repair shop that could, say, fit lens cells to a new shutter?

    Along the same lines, what do those of you outside the US do for custom work?

    (I've had SK Grimes do some work for me; they did it well, and at a good price, so this is in no way intended as a criticism.)

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    I doubt there was really any demand for this kind of work. The fascination with making photos using crumbly old lenses is fairly recent.

    Quote Originally Posted by mejiro
    Did every city have a camera repair shop that could, say, fit lens cells to a new shutter?
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    There was Marty Forscher in NYC.

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    And before Forscher, Burke and James did things like mounting lenses in shutters and coating uncoated lenses.
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    Sorry..I failed History, Geography and Social Studies. Wish I could help but...
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    Yup, Marty Forscher and that takes you back to the 1950's. Remember too that Steve Grimes was at it for some 30+ years before his untimely death.

    Finally, there were many machinists tht couldand 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 bu the closed his shop ten years ago.

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    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

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    Jim Galvin had done this kind of work for quite some time before he passed on. Even designed and made the Galvin View Camera. He worked magic with his lathe and tiny machine shop.

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    Here in the UK SRB have been around for quite a while http://www.srbfilm.co.uk/

    They specialise in adaptors etc, and will manufacture to order, the market for adapting lenses to shutters etc is far smaller here.

    There is the company in Balham (London) - can't rember the co name off hand - who will repolish & coat lenses and of course Camera Bellows, founded 1895) is still going in Birmingham, manufacturing new and replacement bellows. They do know what they are doing making over a million sets over a 20 yr period (mid 30s-50's) for Kodak and othe mnaufacturers.

    And if you're prepared to pay exorbitant prices there's other companies who will do the work, had a quote to repolish my 151mm Ross (AM - UK WWII Air Ministry) WA, an unlicensed Protar design and was shocked to be told over £500, approx $850.

    On top of that there are plenty of camera repaires who learnt the ropes on large fomat shutters and early 35mm and roll film cameras, I certainly know of one or two in the UK who while now retired from full time work just love fixing older equipment.

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