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    $$ to fix shutter, howmuch?

    I've been quoted $200 to fix the shutter in a 210/370 Schneider convertible lens. Is this worth it? The glass is good - was happy with the long exposure I took, but it would be nice to have working shutter speeds.

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    Depends what is wrong with the shutter and if it needs parts.
    Just for a CLA it would be too much.

    What make and type is it ? Compur 3 ?

    Have to see the shutter.

    Peter

    Addition: the lens desevers it though.
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    Who was the quote from Lillian? My Ilex #3 was worked over very nicely by Carol Flutot at a cost of $82 USD, plus shipping there and back. It definitely worked out less than $200 CDN!

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    Contact Carol Miller at http://www.flutotscamerarepair.com/

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    ONLY $200? If you drive a Lamborghini it's pocket change.
    Carol(mentioned) or Paul Ebel in Wisconsin.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Just to back up what everyone else said, I paid a very reasonable $70 to Carol Miller for a CLA for a Compur rimset with broken shutter blade.

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    The lens sat unused for 30+ years. The shutter opens, but closes v e r y slowly, except at shutter speeds over 1/100 - then it is fast, but I doubt it is accurate.

    It is at Victoria Camera - an hour and a half away, and no hassles with packing, mailing, customs, duty, exchange rates and the other hassles that come with sending a lens to the US.

    Carol Flutot is where? The US I assume. Justin, when you sent a lens to her, how long did it take? What about the border? Were you charged duty? Sometimes it seems like duty charges are at the whim of customs officers.

    John - I drive a 16 year old Honda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post

    John - I drive a 16 year old Honda.
    So it's just getting broken in.

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    Yup, Carol is in the US. It took a couple of months, but a big part of it was due to the fact that it was around Christmas time and that I had overspent my budget so had to wait a bit 'til I had the money to pay her. When I e-mailed her she said her normal turn-around time is 4-6 weeks but that she can squeak it out in 3 if it's necessary and her schedule permits. Give her a shout for a quote!

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    While the lens may be in very good condition, it should not be worth much more than the $200 you mentioned. From that point of view, having your shutter CLA'd for the same amount seems a bit odd. That is similar to spending a lot of money for reparing an old car after which you cannot afford to upgrade to a more modern car.
    A more general tip is that you should look around for some other workshop to help you for a more "down to earth" quote. (Carol have very good reputation and is probably your best bet. But back to the idea of a general tip.) As you seem to imply that the lens/shutter only suffers from inactivity for a very long time, it sounds like it just needs a good cleaning to be happy again, something for which $200 seems a bit expensive. (I've been there myself with an old chrome Hasselblad 80mm standard lens. I was quoted $250 for a similar problem and ended up spending that amount of money on a newer black multicoated 80mm lens instead. Later I found another workshop where the quote was at $100 instead, so I had the old lens CLA'd there.)

    //Bj÷rn - My Volvo is 18 years old ...

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