CLA suggestions for everyone.
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I recently picked up a Konica Auto S3 that needed a CLA. Many people suggested Greg Weber as the Konica god, but I found that his prices were very high and that his inventory was running low on spare parts. I ended up sending my S3 to Frank Marshman (aka Camera Wiz) in Harrisonburg, VA.
Mr. Marshman sourced a rewind lever for me and CLA'd my camera for a total of $60 (less than half of what Mr. Weber was going to charge). I received the camera less than two weeks after I sent it.
All in all, Mr. Marshman's services were excellent. He worked hard to return my camera to original condition and communicated well with me during the process. He didn't leave a single mar or mark on my camera from opening or adjusting.
I would not hesitate to send a camera to Mr. Marshman again. His work was top-notch and reasonably priced.
Last edited by powasky; 05-27-2013 at 11:29 PM. Click to view previous post history.
$60 for a good CLA on a classic RF is pretty good - even without rewind lever repair. Love the low overhead of a home based business.
I thought I'd search to see if Marshman / Camera Wiz had a website but couldn't find it. Did find this thread on APUG from a year ago.
"Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer
If you have to wait, it is still worth it to have http://www.flutotscamerarepair.com/ do the CLA. I highly recommend them.
For Widelux I recommend http://www.flutotscamerarepair.com/
I take my Hasselblad to Mike at Samys Camera on Fairfax in Los Angeles
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
I just got my M4 CLA'd by Youxin Ye from Yye Camera out of Canton, MA and I gotta say, the job he did was incredible. I was lucky enough to spend the time in his shop as he tore my camera down and adjusted it. It was a great experience, and I never expected him to walk me through the majority of the process. At $150, it wasn't particularly cheap, but it's much cheaper than most of the Leica CLAs you can get done, and the turn-around time was two and a half hours! Nothing like getting a brand new feeling Leica in a matter of hours!
Plus one for Youxin Ye..... hes the best value out there for Barnacks. I have never used him for an M but I hear he is great with them as well.
Originally Posted by kchoquette
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Originally Posted by ray*j*gun
i live an hour away and dropped it off + picked it up.
he's a super nice guy too!
+4. My hometown is about a 30min trip away and I've gone down to hang out/help keep him company while he services my cameras (done it for a IIIc, an M4-P, and a Canon P). Great fun, learned a lot, and very high on the bang-for-the-buck spectrum. He's a great guy to chat with, as well -- very interesting.
Miles Whitehead in the UK has always provided me with good service at very reasonable prices. Not rangefinders for me but Various Film SLRs and Large Format Shutters including a very nice Betax 2 he CLAd for me recently for a very reasonable total cost including return postage of £36.
Any good CLA experiences in The Netherlands, Europe? I have a Nikon F4s and a Nikon F5 that died on me after 5 years of not using but laying in a case without batteries. No respons at all with fresh batteries, while my Nikon F801 works fine with these new batteries.
Bert from Holland
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Bert from Holland
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"I enjoy vintage cameras as “users,” rather than imprisoning them in some display case
My favorite cameras: Mamiya C330f, Nikon S2, Hasselblad SWC, Fuji GSW690 II, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T, Nikon F4s, Olympus Pen FT, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras.
I have an Exakta Varex II that is in dire need of a CLA - do you have contact details for Miles Whitehead, by any chance?
Originally Posted by Ed Bray