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    I can hardly wait...

    Tomorrow morning, I'm sending off a recently acquired Retina IIa to Flutot's Camera Repair for a shutter and rangefinder CLA. Since she's getting all cleaned up, I though it was time for a new wardrobe, so I ordered some new skin from cameraleather.com. I've done a couple of Nikon FM's with their kits and they're really top notch. Anyway, I'm having them make the front door skin in the "Four Petals" cut. My color and material choice is the Indian Red Kid Skin (Goat), seen here on a Leica. This should look real sweet on the Retina! I'll have to get one of Gordy's wrist straps for this one.

    The waiting is going to be a killer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobfowler
    Tomorrow morning, I'm sending off a recently acquired Retina IIa to Flutot's Camera Repair for a shutter and rangefinder CLA. Since she's getting all cleaned up, I though it was time for a new wardrobe, so I ordered some new skin from cameraleather.com. I've done a couple of Nikon FM's with their kits and they're really top notch. Anyway, I'm having them make the front door skin in the "Four Petals" cut. My color and material choice is the Indian Red Kid Skin (Goat), seen here on a Leica. This should look real sweet on the Retina! I'll have to get one of Gordy's wrist straps for this one.

    The waiting is going to be a killer...
    Nice touch, to put your APUG mug in the background...maybe you could have the logo custom printed on the leather as well? Imagine, exclusive APUG-styled cameras!

    Funny as it is, we are always looking for what they call on the website "the glazed paper that is often mistaken for the real thing". The paper is much thinner than leather and it's virtually impossible to find a replacement - which we need in large quantities as there are always cameras in repair. We found something that looks like the original 'leatherette' used on the Optika from a Viennese paper dealer who was selling off old stock, but it's still not quite the same.

    How long is that you have to wait anyway? How are you going to hold out?
    What will you do?
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    Norm, natives of the state of exits and abrasion -- I'm an immigrant -- are famous for their lack of patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
    Norm, natives of the state of exits and abrasion -- I'm an immigrant -- are famous for their lack of patience.

    Cheers,

    Dan
    Couldn't have said it better!

    (Exit 117)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
    Norm, natives of the state of exits and abrasion -- I'm an immigrant -- are famous for their lack of patience.

    Cheers,

    Dan
    Hey!!! New Jersey is more than exits on the Turnpike (or Parkway). Just take a look at Daniel Lawton's photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobfowler
    Tomorrow morning, I'm sending off a recently acquired Retina IIa to Flutot's Camera Repair for a shutter and rangefinder CLA. ...
    Bob, I had the idea that Carol worked on only large LF shutters. I am looking to get my F3 CLA'd too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensanjay
    Bob, I had the idea that Carol worked on only large LF shutters. I am looking to get my F3 CLA'd too.
    I don't know if Carol does focal plane shutters, it's worth a try though!

    Nathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsmith01tx
    I don't know if Carol does focal plane shutters, it's worth a try though!

    Nathan

    Remember--the shop is Flutot's Camera Repair. Check the website--she does vintage SLRs.

    She's the best! I can't attest to Dagor77's claim about her being a good kisser, though...

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarey
    Remember--the shop is Flutot's Camera Repair. Check the website--she does vintage SLRs....
    Yes, I checked her website - but she does not work on vintage Nikon SLRs. Anyway, I also have a couple of Agfa folders that are in need of a CLA(C).

    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensanjay
    Bob, I had the idea that Carol worked on only large LF shutters. I am looking to get my F3 CLA'd too.
    If you look at her site, she specifically states she doesn't work on Nikon cameras. She did CLA's on two of my folders, a Zeiss and a Zenobia.
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