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We get lots of queries with regards to where to send Leica equipment should it need a Clean Lube and Adjust (CLA), or repair for other reasons. While the obvious place, espeically if your kit is under waranty will be Leica themselves, there are many independent specialists around the world who can sort your kit for you.

 

Andreas has set up a blog page which is now open for anyone who has personal knowledge of a good Leica repair specialist to pass on their details. Over time, this will build into a comprehensive list of these services and we can then re-direct future enquiries to the blog.

 

The blog link is here:

 

Leica Repair Specialists around the world

 

Thanks for your assistance

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I just had some correspondense with Claus Reinhardt from Fotomechanik Reinhardt, as I have an M4 which needs servicing. Some members may recall he took part in the Forum Meeting in 2008.

 

I was alarmed to learn that he planned to retire, as the quality of his work has been superb and prices fair as well. However,he is still active, albeit on reduced activity level.

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Can also recommend Malcolm Taylor

 

I think it's only fair to add that there can be a very long waiting time (a couple of years so far, in my case) with Malcolm Taylor, if the task is out of the ordinary. He seems to be a very nice chap though.

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"What's the longest you had to wait to get your gear back from a repair specialist?"

 

Related to the above, I had two screw Leica cameras sent to Sherry Krauter for repair. I waited over a year and she had still not touched them so I had them sent here to Korea as by then I had found a few excellent repair places in Seoul in the district of ChumErRo. I took one for repair and the technician replaced the shutter courtain, did a CLA and called that the camera was ready a week later. I was charged $55. I must find the cards for the repair shops because I am amazed at what they can do and the prices always suprise me. Recently had a Summicron 90 V II cleaned of lens fog. Took him two hours and he allowed me to watch as he took the lens apart. Price when done another $50. Optically the lens was like new.

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Can I give my recommendation for Camera Electronic Service, Perth, Western Australia; website: www.cameraelectronic.com.au ; tel: (08) 9328 4405. My experience (together with those of other Forum members) can be found under "General Leica Discussions>Customer Forum>Leica Service Australia".

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As an alternative to those based in the UK, l have used this Dutch company on a couple of occasions and found them excellent, in communication, service (very quick ) and expertise :

 

Will van Manen

Kamera-Service vof

Dorpsstraat 81

2712 AD Zoetermeer

 

 

Leica

 

 

regards ..... philip

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No 3rd part wails p,ease

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Cathy and Will van Manen at Kamera-Service are highly recommended! I have had quite some lenses, visoflexes and M9 in for adjustment/cleaning/6-bit coding this year. Quick turnover, reasonable price, responsive to emails and calls, very nice and accurate job, knowable people. It's a pleasure to work with these people. And it is certainly a pleasure to take photos with a fully adjusted M-system!

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Cathy and Will van Manen at Kamera-Service are highly recommended! I have had quite some lenses, visoflexes and M9 in for adjustment/cleaning/6-bit coding this year. Quick turnover, reasonable price, responsive to emails and calls, very nice and accurate job, knowable people. It's a pleasure to work with these people. And it is certainly a pleasure to take photos with a fully adjusted M-system!

 

I fully agree with this statement. Had the same experience.

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Have you tried Newton Ellis and Co. at 29 Cheapside, Liverpool, L2 2DY.

Camera, lens and camcorder repairs - Newton Ellis & Co.

 

Ian, the technician for Leica repair, did a wonderful job on my 1942 111F (factory converted from a c). The camera had sticky shutter and wind-on also dull range/viewfinder. The mechanics are now smooth as silk and the optics crystal clear and accurate. There is an eight week delay because of the large number of Leica repairs in hand.

I changed the failed rubberite using the recommended kit on The Leica Society website.

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I'll add Youxin Ye in Canton, MA to the list. In the past I've used both Sherry and DAG, but I had a LTM body and some screwmount lenses I wanted done in a reasonable time. I contacted Mr. Ye and he gave me a reasonable quote, told me what he would do, and within 10 days everything was completed and back in my hands, along with his email assessment of what was done and any issues he noticed which he thought I should be aware of. He quickly responded to several technical issues I raised as well. I was very pleased and will be sending him some more work late this summer.

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I'll add Youxin Ye in Canton, MA to the list. In the past I've used both Sherry and DAG, but I had a LTM body and some screwmount lenses I wanted done in a reasonable time. I contacted Mr. Ye and he gave me a reasonable quote, told me what he would do, and within 10 days everything was completed and back in my hands, along with his email assessment of what was done and any issues he noticed which he thought I should be aware of. He quickly responded to several technical issues I raised as well. I was very pleased and will be sending him some more work late this summer.

 

I have sent many items to Youxin for cleaning or repair and he is the quickest at what he does. He is not only quick but his work doesn't suffer from it. Quite the contrary his work is the best in the business! HIGHLY recommend him!

 

YYeCAMERA

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I think it's only fair to add that there can be a very long waiting time (a couple of years so far, in my case) with Malcolm Taylor, if the task is out of the ordinary. He seems to be a very nice chap though.

 

And he doesn't reply to e-mails.

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