Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
I see a lot of recommendation for CLA. I never had any of my cameras CLA and I wonder how much it cost to have it done. Remember a Pentax ME is hard to get $50 for in good condition.
A CLA is mandatory periodic maintenance. The cost will vary, depending on the item being CLA'd, the degree of neglect/wear, etc. A good technician is important, too, "CLA" doesn't mean "squirt some solvent in, then put some 3-in-1 oil here and there".

You can get old cameras cheap, and the fool's approach is to get another one... which will need a CLA, just like the first one.
If you want a reliable piece of equipment, get a CLA from a competent tech..