Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
Exactly. Most are cheap because they need a good CLA. Not spending money to get a good mechanical camera in perfect working order because another one can be had cheaply is a false economy. Then you have two subpar cameras and can enjoy wondering why your negs are off in focus or exposure or why the shutter lags as you waste more money on film and valuable shooting time for nothing.
Yes, a proper CLA is normal and required maintenance. All my gear has had one, and it's as reliable and accurate as new - including the 100+ year old shutters on some of the LF lenses.

Buying an older - and this means 20 years and up - camera or lens in shutter and not expecting to do a CLA just isn't realistic.