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    Recommendation for CLA

    Dear APUGers,

    I've had my Zeiss Ikonta IV CLA'd by Essex Camera Repair a couple of years ago. I've sent it back once because the shutter jammed and it was under warranty. Now it jammed again. Both times I've shot in the cold. Don't know if it's related. I'm trying to find a new repair facility. I've been emailing Bald Mountain and the person doesn't respond quickly. Also he hasn't responded to my last email. I don't sense enthusiasm here. Can someone recommend a good repair facility that will repair the shutter on my old gem?
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    I've had work done by Zack's in Providence R.I. In particular, he did a spectacular job on my Kodak Retina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdial View Post
    I've had work done by Zack's in Providence R.I. In particular, he did a spectacular job on my Kodak Retina.
    +1 on Zack's
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    I have used this guy, he does good work.
    http://www.certo6.com

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    About four years ago I inherited a prewar Zeiss Ikonta 6 x 9 in beautiful condition except the shutter was frozen from sitting in a drawer for probably 50 or more years. I sent it to Midwest Camera Repair in Wyandotte, MI:http://www.midwestcamera.com They did a nice job CLA the shutter mechanism for about $100. I hardly use the camera, but it works perfectly (used only in mild weather conditions.) I have used them successfully for other repairs over the years.

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    certo6.com also gets my vote, although he is the only for this type of fixing I've used. Been happy and didn't need to find another. Bill Barber

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    There's also Mark Hansen, Zeiss Ikon Repair in Portland OR.
    He worked on my Super Ikonta. Good communication and a good job.

    http://www.zeissikonrolleirepair.com/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry finley View Post
    Nobody can guarantee something like that. All they can do is all they can do. It probably had issues when it was brand new and got exacerbated by pure age. I can't make my 1968 Camaro run perfect when I first start it, because that is the nature of a carbeurator. Your camera is bound to jam when it's cold, no matter what. That's just a hard truth about a 60-some-odd year old camera, and no repairman can make it new again. All they can do is repair it, fire it 200 times to make sure it's right, and send it out the door.
    The Ikonta has a Compur shutter. I have three 50+ year old Compurs on my Linhof outfit, three more Compounds with old Dagors mounted in them - the newest is 1925 or so, the oldest about 1908. Rolleiflex Standard, Compur, 70+ years old. Other cameras with mechanical shutters, Nikons 40-45 years old, all have been serviced with appropriate cold weather oil (supposedly good to -75f). All are utterly reliable in subzero f. temperatures.

    Why do mine work reliably and the OP's do not??
    Last edited by E. von Hoegh; 02-07-2013 at 01:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff L View Post
    There's also Mark Hansen, Zeiss Ikon Repair in Portland OR.
    He worked on my Super Ikonta. Good communication and a good job.

    http://www.zeissikonrolleirepair.com/index.html
    I sent him an email.
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    I don't know

    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    The Ikonta has a Compur shutter. I have three 50+ year old Compurs on my Linhof outfit, three more Compounds with old Dagors mounted in them - the newest is 1925 or so, the oldest about 1908. Rolleiflex Standard, Compur, 70+ years old. Other cameras with mechanical shutters, Nikons 40-45 years old, all have been serviced with appropriate cold weather oil (supposedly good to -75f). All are utterly reliable in subzero f. temperatures.

    Why do mine work reliably and the OP's do not??
    Shall I request cold weather oil for the rebuild?
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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