Looking for CLA and LF shops in Victoria, BC
Hello everyone! The shutter on my Wollensak 135mm f/4.7 is getting a bit gummy. Exercising it helps, but I think it's time she's set in good working order. I will be in Victoria, British Columbia this Saturday and I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place their to leave the lens for a CLA? If anyone knows of a place where I may be able to track down a reasonably priced ($200-$300ish) LF lens or two that would be great as well. Thanks for the help!
Camera-Traders located downtown might be able to help. It's worth the visit just to browse
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I guess you want to avoid shipping but KEH is your friend.
Which Wollensak? If it's just a press camera I'd think hard about getting it fixed.
The shipping isn't so much the problem as import duties and fees. My Cambo cost me about $280, plus $40ish to ship. I now have a bill from FedEx for $50ish for their brokerage fees and assorted other stuff. KEH does have some great prices and gear, and their sales people were great, but to get the lens, lensboard and a loupe for about $250 it would have been about $35 shipping, plus another $50ish for FedEx fees. I'd rather spend that $85 on film, paper or chemistry so I'm trying to find something in Canada before I go to them.
The Wollensak is the 135mm f/4.7 Raptar in a Rapax shutter. It only cost me about $100 so depending on how much they want to CLA it I may just use it as a barrel lens. On the other hand, a lens with excellent condition glass in a functional and reasonably accurate, if occasionally sticky, shutter even for $200 does not seem to come up that frequently north of the border. I'll go hunting, and see what I can find.
I don't know if this is of any help, but Beau Photo www.beauphoto.com (in Vancouver) handles LF. I don't know if they do CLAs or other repairs. I've purchased MF film and equipment from them and they seemed knowledgeable.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
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You're paying 14% between provincal and GST? 280*.14 is $39.20 Fedex sticks I think $8 on that. UPS would have saved you the $8. If you buy from a local store you'll still pay the same 14%.
Originally Posted by cafeharrar
Almost no photo gears gets much in the way of duties. You're mostly looking at the sales tax but you'll pay those anyways.
When ordewring from the US, it is less expensive to use US Postal Service.
I know when using UPS they had a $25 brokerage fee, while the Queen's Couriers (Canada Post) only charge $5. And the Queen's Couriers do not alway bother to collect the taxes and the brokerage fees if the amount is relatively small.
I would expect that the courier companies would not overlook any part of that revenue stream.
Nick, Indeed I might be surprised. But that has been my experience, limited though it may be.
I have not had any parcels lost by Canada Post, although you do need to ensure it is well packed, as they are handled roughly.
KEH won't ship most items by USPS - they make an exception for things like manuals.
With respect to repairs, have you considered Carol Flutot?
Over here on the Lower Mainland, I have used VanCam with good success for 35mm and MF equipment:
If they don't do LF, I would respect any recommendation they might make.