Nikon specialist - Aztech Services
Phone/Fax: 01425 674004
Nikon FE2 with broken aperture coupling (Rusted spring aparrently). Had a problem a bit after (First roll, but wasn't aparrent when i first recieved it) - dealt with under warrenty professionally, reasonably and quickly - which i guess is the mark of a good repairman.
Nikon F3 with "not quite right" aperture couple and a sticky DOF button.
Very competitive price, turnaround approximately 2 weeks. About 65 + postage for a full CLA of the more mechanical cameras (F4/F5 are a bit more)
Exakta Specialist - Tom Page
+44 1843 848115 Afternoons only
15 St Magnus Close
Exakta VX - Replaced shutters and CLA'ed
Exakta Varex IIA - Replaced shutters and CLA'ed
Kine Exakta - CLA'ed (Supprisingly, 1938 shutters still intact)
Turnaround about 3 weeks, price around 35+parts+postage (But call to check)
Just steeling myself for the fact that my F4s and F90x both need to be looked at (flashing alert light on the F4 after taking a shot; f90x doesn't consistently recognise my Nikon AF lenses - dodgy contacts in both cases I think).
Or is it just cheaper to buy replacements...? :(
I'm late to this thread. However, reading through here are some of my experiences:
Optical Instruments (Balham) - I've used this company for polishing / re-coating lenses and they did a superb job at a very reasonable cost. Others have commented on the length of time it takes, but I believe this is because they try to keep prices down by batch-coating. Thus if your lens happens to go in just after a batch has been done, you could face a bit of a wait. Having said that though, I spoke to a couple of top Leica repairers who couldn't believe the low price they charged me for repair!
Malcolm Taylor - Repaired Leicas for me that others have been unable to. Fantastic service, can't recommend him highly enough.
An excellent film camera repairman is Dave Illot of Aztech Services. He specialises in Nikon but is equally competent an all other makes. He does not charge to look at a camera and has no minimum charge. If it costs say £10 then that is what he will charge, if it can't be repaired then there is no charge.
His contact is by email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone:- 01425 674004
Address:- The Workshop,
The F90X - they're pretty robust and generally its quite hard to find a bad one on ebay. You probably wouldn't pay more than £50 for one. So its uneconomical to repair (Or maybe its time to upgrade to an F100)
Originally Posted by namke
The F4 is almost certainly worth getting a CLA done on it, and no doubt once its had a bit of TLC it'll be good for many more years. Aztech (As mentioned by Myself and Brook above) have a standard rate of £86.25 + 8 quid postage, and probably the same to get it to him by special delivery. So £100 all in.
Oof. Not sure how that'd go down with the missis! I suppose that my worry is that getting a replacement might just leave me with different problems!
Originally Posted by Wishy
I've dropped Aztech a line, so hopefully they'll be able to give some advice as well.
That's a toughie, I guess its a risk, same as your current one being unrepairable and still having to pay postage.
Originally Posted by namke
What I will say is there are a hell of a lot of F90X's about and I've heard of very few with faults. The odds are in your favour.
Wanted to add another recommendation, for Leica repairs. I will also heartily endorse the work of Malcolm Taylor. I've had to get into Leica the cheap way, buying slightly dodgy but useable lenses.
For very reasonable prices, he's brought an old goggled 35 Summaron and a rigid 50 Summicron to almost good as new spec. He's legendary for his skill - he has actually fabricated parts to restore historically valuable cameras - and he offers lens recoating amongst his services.
His turnaround time is very rapid. And a phone conversation with him is always a very pleasant and instructive interaction!
Anyone know who can repair a Hassie back in the UK ? The film counter isn't detecting the film and winding on. I'm sure it's a simple repair job ( probably cleaning and lubrication), but I can't afford to pay official Hassie repairers a fortune for an occasional hobby camera. There must be lots of semi retired former Hassie engineers around. ( Herts/Cam area) Or can anyone provide instructions on how to do it myself ? best wishes, Alan.