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    Considering a DIY CLA on a Canonet QL17 GIII?

    Yesterday Mark Hama was kind enough to send me this image of my QL17 as it currently sits on his workbench. If you look closely you can make out my name and the camera's serial number on white tape on the lens cap in the upper middle. And this appears to be only a partially disassembled lens assembly. That piece in the upper right below the body looks like it could easily be broken down further. Yikes.

    What a testament to the golden age of mechanical engineering.

    After seeing this I don't think I'll ever be tempted to pull one apart on my own - no matter how many well-intentioned posts I read that say it's a "piece of cake" if you're careful and don't misplace any parts.



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    Ken
    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Did it come with a ransom note?

    "For an extra 500 bucks I'll put it back together"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Did it come with a ransom note?

    "For an extra 500 bucks I'll put it back together"
    Nah... At least I don't think so... Hmm...

    Then again, he did write in his email "I hope I can put it back together..."

    That was a joke. I think...



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    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Probably. He did a bang-up job on mine. Very nice, and he got it back to me well within his estimated 2 weeks.

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    That's great! I took one apart and can attest to the fact that there are AT LEAST that many pieces, maybe more.

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    He's had my Fujica V2 since June and this is the last I've seen of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    He's had my Fujica V2 since June and this is the last I've seen of it.
    What was the reason? Difficult to find replacement parts? What did he say when you asked him?

    I just now received an email from Mr. Hama informing me that my completed camera will be shipped back this afternoon. (And without ransom demands!!) That means time-in-shop will have been exactly three weeks to the day. Not bad at all, considering this the holiday season.

    Ken
    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Would you mind sending me a private message with his contact info. Just picked up a ql17. Thanks!
    LEARN FROM YESTERDAY, LIVE FOR TODAY, DREAM FOR TOMORROW

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    i hate snuff-pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justride408 View Post
    Would you mind sending me a private message with his contact info. Just picked up a ql17. Thanks!
    His email is markhama@comcast.net. But I still have not heard a peep about my Fujica V2. It's now been 9 months and $150. I could have had another kid by now!

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