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How I got into the Repair Business: People kept on asking me where to get their camera repaired. The problem is that some repairmen are better than others, especially on classic cameras. Often you don't know your repairman can't handle it properly until they have screwed it up.
I eventually got the picture (what a great pun). I decided to offer repairs, using my own expert repairmen. My classic camera tech worked in the Zeiss factory as a young man and for decades operated his own authorized Leica and Nikon repair shop.
Turnaround AFTER receipt averages 3 to 4 weeks. Four month warranty on labor.
International Repairs are NOT accepted due to possible loss or damage in transit.
We Specialize in:
Voigtlander products produced in Japan
Nikon Rangefinder, Nikon F, Nikon F2 CLA's
Mechanical Leica M Rangefinder CLA's
Leica Screw Mount Rangefinders (including Canon RF and Leica Copies) CLA's
Zeiss Contax IIa & IIIa (not earlier models) CLA's
Mechanical Nikon SLRs CLA's
Most any MECHANICAL SLR or Rangefinder
Rolleiflex TLR - give particulars and ask for quote
NOT worked on due to lack of parts: Leica CL, Leica M5, Minolta CLE, Konica Hexar RF and Konica Hexar AF, Contax I and II, any Fuji camera
Voigtlander: We are the West Coast Voigtlander USA Distributor. We import new Voigtlander products from the factory and resell them to dealers and the public. We do not repair grey market Voigtlander products, warranty or not. Grey market means products not sold by an official Voigtlander USA seller. That includes all foreign Voigtlander sellers, and some unauthorized Voigtlander sellers in the US.
Voigtlander 35mm Bessa CLA's which include RF adjustments are $195 + 15 return shipping within the US, plus repairs if needed. IF the rangefinder is damaged by DIYS adjustment attempts, there will be additional charges. This includes the Voigtlander Bessa L, T, R, R2, R2C, R2S, R2A, R2M, R3A, R3M, R4A, R4M. Voigtlander lens cleaning averages $150 per lens + $15 return shipping. Voigtlander lens repairs average in the $150 to $250 range, providing no parts need replacement. We do service Voigtlander 667 cameras. Email for an estimate. All estimates on this page are of course subject to examination. My techs can do most Voigtlander repairs. If not, shipping back to the factory is possible.
General Classic Rangefinder overhaul and cleaning for: Leica M, Leica Screw Mount Shutter overhaul (and most Leica copies, Nikon Rangefinders, Canon Rangefinders, Voigtlander Bessa T, R, R2, R2S, R2C, R2A, R3A, R4A, R2M, R3M, R4M and most interchangeable lens rangefinders: $195 labor plus parts if needed. Please note Leica no longer repairs screw mount bodies. Parts are not always available from the manufacturer. A CLA is and adjustment and cleaning -- and does not include repairs of broken or worn out parts. Due to wear accurate adjustments of shutter speeds or rangefinders is not always possible. Likewise viewfinders / rangefinders do not always clean up as well due to damage/decay. Exactly how well will YOUR camera adjust in a CLA? Most of classic cameras are 40 years or older and generally without factory support at this point in time (the notable exception being Leica M's). Nevertheless the large majority of classic mechanical cameras will adjust out fine with a CLA, but inevitably some can not be adjusted well due to wear and deterioration.
Set of Leica Shutter Curtains for M $195 additional to $195 CLA cost
Nikon Rangefinders: CLA general cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of shutter, rangefinder $195 Parts are not available unless you can provide a 2nd parts body. SP Motor repairs: Minimum fee $700 if fixable, $400 fee even if unfixable -- they are a you know what to work on and they eat up hours of the best repairmen.
Zeiss Contax IIa & IIIa: CLA general cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of shutter, rangefinder $195, we are not able to repair IIIa meters due to lack of parts. We do not repair the earlier pre-war Contax. Please note the Contax IIa/IIIa were designed by the Zeiss factory NOT to have a vertical rangefinder image adjustment. Therefore no vertical RF image adjustment for the IIa/IIIa is offered.
Nikon F or F2 CLA A CLA is and adjustment and cleaning -- and does not include repairs of broken or worn out parts. Due to wear accurate adjustments of shutter speeds or rangefinders is not always possible. Likewise viewfinders / rangefinders do not always clean up as well due to damage/decay. Exactly how well will YOUR camera adjust in a CLA? Most of classic cameras are 40 years or older and generally without factory support at this point in time (the notable exception being Leica M's). Nevertheless the large majority of classic mechanical cameras will adjust out fine with a CLA, but inevitably some can not be adjusted well due to wear and deterioration. $195 labor (plus parts) CLA, F2 battery compartment $150, F2 lever advance meter switch $125
Nikon F and F2 Photomic Meter Repairs : Repair, overhaul, re-calibration for all F or F2 Photomic DP-1, F2A Meters $150; F2S, F2SB, F2AS overhauls $175, plus repairs as necessary. ABOUT HALF the inoperative F Photomics (all models) and F2 DP1 Photomics need replacement resistor rings which are no longer available. If that is the case, you will receive a refund minus a $50 labor and shipping fee.
International repairs: WE do NOT do international repairs.
ESTIMATES: The above price estimate schedule works in most instances, but email to make sure it applies to your camera / lens, unless your equipment is specifically listed above. Estimates are just that. Often we can't be sure of the necessary repairs until it has been disassembled. IF more problems are encountered, you will be contacted for your approval to go ahead. Click here for email estimate.
TURNAROUND TIME from receipt to return shipment averages three to four weeks. If it takes longer, you will be informed via email. "Rush" repair services are not available.
WARRANTY is 4 months labor, not counting parts or shipping.
SHIPMENT: Ship camera/lens/whatever to me INSURED. I am NOT responsible for something which does not arrive, or is damaged before it arrives. Return shipping cost varies with the value of item. You will be emailed the tracking number.
PAYMENT for amount of the email estimate and return shipping must accompany item in the form of a check drawn on an American bank account made out to Stephen Gandy.
1336 Moorpark Rd, Box 184
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-5224 USA
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