Sinar stuff is easily refurbishable, and by and large, the parts are available for the F and P series cameras. Remember, though, that if you order parts from Sinar-Bron, from their perspective, it's still a $10,000 camera, so those replacement levels, nylon gear tracks and bushings aren't cheap.
I was lucky to buy my 8x10" P from a working studio that had regular visits from a Sinar rep and kept everything in good shape. I had to replace a couple of levels, but most of the nylon parts were of the P2 era (and for the most part, P and P2 parts are the same, aside from issues of metering vs. non-metering backs and such).
I guess I'll have to keep looking. I mint Sinar X would be really neat, but I haven't seen any. Granted I've only looked on Ebay since I don't know where else to look. But mostly all I've found is beater equipment, or "mint" stuff from some place in China that makes my scam alarm tingle.
Regarding new parts or servicing of Sinar gear, apparently Precision Camera Works is the place (particularly for Arca, but also Sinar). But does Sinar even have a north American distributor anymore? I don't think Sinar-Bron exists anymore. There's something called Hasselblad-Bron, but nothing about Sinar on there.
Regarding Sinar distribution - North America
From Sinar's website:
Sinar X part nos. are on pg. 9 here.
Yes I know but half of those websites don't even exist.
Originally Posted by Michael R 1974
I was able to open all of them by cut/paste into my browser. They do exist.
Sorry, they weren't working but seem ok now (not sure what the problem was). However I don't see any Sinar stuff on the sites. I guess I will have to call one of these places. Aside from Calumet I never heard of any of these places. I wonder why places like B&H don't carry Sinar.
The problem is with that Apug linkage. And with my System I can't copy those original links.
Anyway, that Sinar catalogue URL is:
I have the same catalog (from Sinar's swiss site), but find it a bit odd it is over 10 years old. Still, it would be nice to be able to see some prices from American distributors on their websites. It is all far too obscure in my opinion. Even Arca seems far more accessible at this point.
The pro and con of Sinar is that there was just so much stuff made that you need a "code" list of specific components dating to the relevant
decade or whatever when particular models were made. Minor repair parts are a different story. In the real world of today, it is often cheaper
simply to buy a whole major component or even a separate camera for parts than to acquire a piece from the official distributor. This tendency has of course wreaked havoc on the traditional marketing program of SinarBron, which was $$$$$. But nearly everything in the Sinar system is interchangeable to some degree. You can get in trouble with bastardized setups of mismatched front and rear standards, however, and when suspicious of a particular seller its best to ask around on forums like this or the Large Format Forum from existing users.
Camera stores have largely dropped Sinar along with most other monorail systems simply because they can't compete with the glut of product on the used market. A bit of patience can make all the difference in the world regarding what does come up for sale. Some of the
camera being sold off by retiring or reequipped studios can be barely used, while others have been pretty mauled over the long haul. So
it helps to understand just how old a system might be... "P"cameras, for example, were made for a long time in several configurations, while
"X" cameras are all relatively new.
My sense is that a lot of the studios in major metropolitan areas were and perhaps still are serviced directly by Sinar reps who visited the studios, so there was less reason to sell through retailers. High-end digital for studios tends to work in the same way or only through select outlets--you don't really see it at B&H, but maybe Calumet or Fotocare.
If you want very clean equipment, look on eBay for a seller named "apogeebee." His prices are on the high side for eBay, but the equipment is well selected and represented honestly. He's a studio photographer named George Brown, who made a side business of buying and selling Sinar gear. I met him once when we each bought similar cameras from the same studio, and he accidentally got mine, and I got his, so we switched, and it seemed like he knew the system very well.