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    I have an Olympus 35SP that I bought at a car-boot sale recently. It has become my 1st repair project and i have taken the top off and cleaned out the viewfinder, and also replaced all the light seals - I've impressed myself at how successful this has been!!

    My only problem is that there is a fair amount of fungus in the lens. I dont feel confident enough in taking the lens off and apart to clean it myself, so was wondering if anyone could recommend a reliable (and cheap!!) camera repairer in the UK and also an idea of the possible cost. I have done some enquiries, all of which have quoted me a standard price for taking on the job, they will then get back to me with the full cost for the job once they have had a look. Obviously I would want to have a good idea of the full cost, before committing to pay the initial one (still £40 ish).

    Can anyone help?

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    Hi Leon, did you ever find a good lens servicer in the UK? I need one myself to clean out dust between the elements of my 127mm Ektar on a Speed Graphic.
    http://www.marktweedie.co.uk

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    Leon I have used a company in Newcastle for many years and have found them reliable and reasonable in price too. They are Mobile Photo based in Newcastle, telephone 0191 261 7509. They will call you back to give you the cost before they do the job and do not charge for that service.
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    Hi Leon

    You could try Protech in Uckfield, E. Sussex. They have an excellent reputation.

    http://www.protechrepairs.co.uk/

    Cheers, Julian

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    Michael Spencer (Chesterfield) on 01246 250767 for a quote...

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    thnaks for the tips guys - I posted this back in 2003! I htink I did the cleaning myself in the end ... the camera is long gone and sold I'll bear the info in mind if I do need some repairs done though

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    Leon, I'm glad to have kick this thread into some life!

    Does anyone have comments about the practicalities of taking apart a lens for DIY cleaning? I would hesitate to do it on a new and expensive lens but I'm tempted to have a go at my old Ektar myself having had one quote for £80 (probably more than the lens is worth!)
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    I have cleaned up Zeiss Ikon Nettar lens but they are three elements and very simple at that.

    Out of interest are any of these guys any good at vintage cameras, I have a Zeiss Super Ikonta where the film number dial is no longer working and I would like to get the rangefinder calibrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktweedie
    Leon, I'm glad to have kick this thread into some life!

    Does anyone have comments about the practicalities of taking apart a lens for DIY cleaning? I would hesitate to do it on a new and expensive lens but I'm tempted to have a go at my old Ektar myself having had one quote for £80 (probably more than the lens is worth!)
    Lets put it this way Mark, the more you do the better you get at it; allegedly.
    Regards Dave.

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