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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Dirty contacts.

    Where do you live? I lived in Kunming for a couple of years and then Beijing for 3 years back in the late 90's.
    I'm in Shanghai now. I've been here 2 and a half years.

    The dial is definately flaky in that it takes more work than usual to set the aperture to what I want. However, with the GA645, I dont think shooting in Av mode is all that critical. I might just leave it on full automatic. Since wide open is only f/4, and the camera does not focus particularly close, there are not many chances I can get low depth of field. So choosing the aperture value doesnt seem all that critical to me with this camera. I can focus much more on composition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Awesome camera!

    Don't despair!

    Frank Marshman of Camera Wiz does this simple repair. In fact he just got mine yesterday for this exact fix.

    Here's his info:

    (540) 867-9671

    1495 Needmore Lane
    Harrisonburg‎ VA‎ 22802
    United States
    When you find out, can you let me know what the charge was to get this fixed?

    Thanks,

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    Sure.
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    Well, I heard back from Fujifilm. Nope, they dont service any film cameras anymore. No parts available either. So this is strictly a DIY repair job for anyone who undertakes this job!


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    I'll be talking to Frank tomorrow.
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    Left a msg for Frank on his voicemail yesterday, will let you know when we talk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Left a msg for Frank on his voicemail yesterday, will let you know when we talk.
    Thanks. I am watching this thread. If the typhoon that is slamming into Shanghai is over this weekend, I am going back to the shop where I bought my camera. I'd like to hear from you first if possible.

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    Frank got my GA645 last Friday according to UPS tracking. He just emailed me this morning:

    Hi Richard,

    Your camera is repaired, cleaned and ready to go.

    Everything looks really good on this camera and should give you many more years of great pictures. I had many professional wedding photographers tell me that these were sharper than their Hasselblads.

    Total charge is $80 labor & $14 shipping.

    I can take paypal or if you want a cc. If you want to use a cc call me.

    Best with a handshake,

    Frank
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    Richard S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Frank got my GA645 last Friday according to UPS tracking. He just emailed me this morning:

    Hi Richard,

    Your camera is repaired, cleaned and ready to go.

    Everything looks really good on this camera and should give you many more years of great pictures. I had many professional wedding photographers tell me that these were sharper than their Hasselblads.

    Total charge is $80 labor & $14 shipping.

    I can take paypal or if you want a cc. If you want to use a cc call me.

    Best with a handshake,

    Frank
    That's really great that your camera is fixed and now totally healthy. But what did he do to it? What did Frank say that was wrong with your camera and how did he fix it? Replace parts or just clean parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    That's really great that your camera is fixed and now totally healthy. But what did he do to it? What did Frank say that was wrong with your camera and how did he fix it? Replace parts or just clean parts?
    Just cleaned the contacts. No parts.
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