LF Shutter Repair - Honest Opinions
I know that this is a topic that has been covered extensively all over the web, so that's why I'm asking for something slightly different.
If you're willing, I'd appreciate it if you could PM me with your recommendations and/or warnings for LF shutter repair techs. Perhaps by not having to say something in "public", more honest opinions can be shared.
I've got a few shutters in need of repair, and one was just in the shop not long ago, so I'm tempted to try a new repair tech.
My priorities for a repairmen are as follows, most important first...
- Great communication, by phone or email
- Quality of work, thoroughness
- Reasonable price
- Reasonable turnaround (≈ 1 month or thereabouts)
I'd appreciate any help, thanks!
There's no need for secrecy!
Steve's Camera Repair, Culver City CA. Quality work; Reliable and honest; Estabished reputation.
Call or write them yourself if you want to 'size them up".
Any idea what a CLA on a Copal, Synchro-Compur runs? Ballpark of course.
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or email them. They generally reply with all ofthe requested information within about 1 hour.
I had SK Grimes do a CLA last year for me. Excellent fast work. I don't know what your budget is, but seems it was a little over $100, costs vary by shutter variety.
I do my own CLA where possible, when It is something I can't handle it goes to Flutot's in Calif. Low cost and very reliable service.
Paul Ebel Lens Service - PO Box 141 - Menomonie, WI 54751
tel: 651-335-8759 email@example.com
He has repaired and CLAed five or six Ilex Acme and Copal shutters for me over 3-4 years. He did very good work, in what seemed like reasonable time, at fair prices. I never called him, but we had many clear and concise email exchanges. He always did what he said he would do and when he said he would do it. I’m guessing that he should quote his prices rather than me.
The lady (Carol) at Flutots is very pleasant and has a well earned reputation for quality, affordable shutter repair. See what people said before about her and the SK Grimes outfit.. http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=14704
In Canada, I use Camtech Photographic Service in Hamilton, Ontario. They do excellent lens and shutter work. Just did my 1930 Anastigmat Skopar with bum shutter and cleaned up a filthy 88/6.8 B&L wide angle. They do very good work, fast and affordably priced..similar to Flutots pricing.
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