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  • 4 weeks later...

Aperture in Rathbone Place (just off London's Oxford Street) carried out a CLA / "de-fungusing" on a 52-y-o lens for me and after it was treated not only did it exceed my hopes in terms of performance they also turned it around in four working days.

 

Pip.

 

The folk in Rathbone Place are very helpful... 

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Hello. I have a Leica 1 Model A with an Elmar lens. I have had the camera cla'd by Malcolm Taylor but not the lens cleaned.

 

He said it was not possible to dismantle as the front flange was seized solid and it would be high risk.

 

I rate Malcolm but thought I would ask the question and get a second opinion. Any suggestions on who might be able to undertake this (I believe Peter at CRR is not taking work) 

 

Richard.

I have used Malcolm Taylor, about 20 years ago, his results are durable and top rate.

Recently I spoke to Newton Ellis in Liverpool. I sent them a Cannon 50mm,f1/1.8, came back a beauty; Summicron 50mm f1/2, went on-and-on so I spoke to Ian to my amazement he was seriously concerned with the infinity lock. It was sticky and he had got a little rust out of it!!!! Attention to detail is not in it! He currently has my 3f r/d. As far as your seized flange is concerned Ian may have the technique to free it. Have  a chat with him phone 0151 236 1391

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Hello. I have a Leica 1 Model A with an Elmar lens. I have had the camera cla'd by Malcolm Taylor but not the lens cleaned.

 

He said it was not possible to dismantle as the front flange was seized solid and it would be high risk.

 

I rate Malcolm but thought I would ask the question and get a second opinion. Any suggestions on who might be able to undertake this (I believe Peter at CRR is not taking work) 

 

Richard.

 

I have had lenses with supposedly similar problems which have been dealt with well by Don Goldberg or Ottmar Michaely

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I used people in Nice France called Objectif 06 for a Model II CLA, as Alan Starkie was stacked out with work. They were exceedingly slow, taking far longer than estimated and not very responsive to emails. The shutter timings are not as accurate as they might be and I had to tweak the infinity adjustment slightly, after it came back, as it was set to about 100 feet not infinity (I use the planet Jupiter on a clear night). As I use fast 50mm Summarit and 85mm Summarex LTM lenses, an accurate infinity really does matter. The web address is http://www.objectifs-photos-06.com. Make what you will of my comments. 

 

Wilson

 

PS If anyone wants to check shutter speeds use a Sony RX100-3 camera which will shoot at 1000 fps. You take the lens off the test subject camera, illuminate it brightly with an Incandescent not LED light (it will strobe) and start the Sony, then trigger the shutter on the test camera. Download the movie to Final Cut Pro and count the number of frames the shutter is open for. Therefore for 1/30th of a second, the shutter should be open for 33 movie frames and so on. 

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Hello. I have a Leica 1 Model A with an Elmar lens. I have had the camera cla'd ,,,,,,,, but not the lens cleaned.

 

He said it was not possible to dismantle as the front flange was seized solid and it would be high risk.

 

 

retaining ring for the first lens on older Elmars 3,5 does not have slots to insert the tool for opening. Very often you can unscrew it using a ring made out from hard rubber. But I had cases when it was impossible an in order to open it I had to drill two small holes (0,8mm) and then use the tool. Similarly,  Elmars 2,8 (and 3,5) in the new mount do not have slots in front ring. Picture below shows a sample from an Elmar 2,8, in the same way it can be done in the ring of old Elmar 3,5. After cleaning the thread screwing on and out can be done with rubber ring. I have soldered the holes and repainted the ring so there are no signs visible left.

Just as info for people who do CLA by themselves

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It would depend on what work you want done, Alan Starkie https://www.cameraworks-uk.com/ has just completed a re-paint of an M2 to my complete satisfaction, no CLA requested it had one a few years back, but he found two parts missing and replaced then FOC, exemplary communication and turnaround, personally I wouldn't commit a camera to any postal/courier system without insurance nor would I add the extortionate UK VAT and any other duty they slap on with service charges as well. It may be you plan on work only he can carry out but I would investigate UK options first.

 

 

Not a gloss wear and show brass in a week finish it's DuraCoat and re-covered.

 

 

 

Yikes, don't freak out (freak out)

 

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Yikes, don't freak out (freak out)

 

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 Enjoy 

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In Argentina Victor Nasello who is in the list, saddly passed away, a time ago, his son continues his father´s business

A renowned Leica Techinician in Argentina is Dario S. Romano, also member of the Leica Historical Society.

His Adress is Av Corrientes 753, Galería Corrientes Angosta Loc 28 (1043) Buenos Aires Argentina

 

+54 11 4393 0558

 

+54 9 11 65152140 (cel phone)

Regards

Alberto

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http://www.camera-service.ch/

Classic Camera Repair
Claudio Fabio
Einsiedlerstrasse 5
CH-8942 Oberrieden
Tel: +41/ (0)44 720 73 91
Fax: +41/ (0)44 720 15 31

fabio.claudio@bluewin.ch

He did a complete service on my IIIf and the Summicron 2.0/50 L39. Absolute great work at a very good price! It took 2 months. He only does mechanical cams - no digitals.

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I would highly recommend Mr Kim here in Seoul, South Korea. He does not do emails and there is no phone that I am aware of and when you find him you walk right into his third floor room. Very typical Korean Craftsman in that he is very personal and only speaks Korean. He does receive packages with items to be repaired and enough people visit his office who know English that you can write all the details of what is needed in English. He is also the fine craftsman who converted three of the UR Leica Dummies into a Replica UR. 

A word of caution, he is very popular and delivery dates are sometimes long. His specially is the CLA but will also make parts using his extensive workshop that is in another room. But when you receive your camera back, you will be very pleased. He is very precise as he was originally a Swiss watch repair person. He has done about 25 of my screw mount cameras and all functioned like new when finished.  He is also an expert at taking apart a lens and cleaning it of fungus and fog. Here are the details of his address:

Mr. Kim, Hak Won

Chungang Camera

3rd Floor, 30-2, Supyo-ro, Jung-gu 

Seoul, South Korea. 04555

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On 11/8/2018 at 10:22 AM, iphoenix said:

Camera Electronics of Perth, Western Australia has informed me that with the retirement of their technician Ernest Cesar, they will no longer be servicing/repairing film cameras, concentrating on digital. 

A great pity.

Well, that seriously narrows the field for the Southern Hemisphere. I should have acted sooner!

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2 hours ago, Mute-on said:

Well, that seriously narrows the field for the Southern Hemisphere. I should have acted sooner!

Mute-on, don't despair.  In 1973 my M2 complete with Leicavit and Summicron went for a swim in the Goulburn river; we were shooting rapids at the time.   They went to Wetzlar and came back like new.  Since then the same camera has been back there twice for a routine CLA.  The point is that it doesn't matter where the repairer feinmechnik is located as all require being bundled in bubble wrap and posted.  My screw-threads schraubgewinde were sent to Claus Reinhardt (Germany), and since he has retired to Ottmar Michaely (Germany) who did an incredible job on my Model I.  Sadly there isn't a camera mechanic in Melbourne to whom I would sent any camera.  Having said that, I am not able to comment on solid state "digital" equipment other than my M8.2 went to Solms for a ten yearly CLA.

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33 minutes ago, hektor said:

Mute-on, don't despair.  In 1973 my M2 complete with Leicavit and Summicron went for a swim in the Goulburn river; we were shooting rapids at the time.   They went to Wetzlar and came back like new.  Since then the same camera has been back there twice for a routine CLA.  The point is that it doesn't matter where the repairer feinmechnik is located as all require being bundled in bubble wrap and posted.  My screw-threads schraubgewinde were sent to Claus Reinhardt (Germany), and since he has retired to Ottmar Michaely (Germany) who did an incredible job on my Model I.  Sadly there isn't a camera mechanic in Melbourne to whom I would sent any camera.  Having said that, I am not able to comment on solid state "digital" equipment other than my M8.2 went to Solms for a ten yearly CLA.

Thank you Hector.  My only “solid state” devices are Naim and Rega amplifiers.  Leicas are all analogue. If I find myself back in Tokyo next year, the offending items will likely be left with Kanto Camera. 

J Jnr

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11 minutes ago, Mute-on said:

Thank you Hector.  My only “solid state” devices are Naim and Rega amplifiers.  Leicas are all analogue. If I find myself back in Tokyo next year, the offending items will likely be left with Kanto Camera. 

J Jnr

In that case I should add my Naim pre-amp and amp.  Over the years I have noticed how coincidentally Leica users share interests in good quality music and cars.

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I agree that Melbourne has a current dearth of competent Leica technicians. 

I have though, previously had good work done in Victoria on Canon R/F and SLR cameras.

He now has a Canon R/F and a Nikon SLR for CLAs. If I feel the results warrant my sending him my latest Leica IIIA, I will report on how well it went.

 

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4 hours ago, iphoenix said:

I agree that Melbourne has a current dearth of competent Leica technicians. 

I have though, previously had good work done in Victoria on Canon R/F and SLR cameras.

He now has a Canon R/F and a Nikon SLR for CLAs. If I feel the results warrant my sending him my latest Leica IIIA, I will report on how well it went.

 

Who was it who did the work?

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19 hours ago, Mute-on said:

Who was it who did the work?

Hiroyoshi Nagami (Nagami Camera Service) Mooroolbark. "nagamics@gmail.com" Tel:(03)9727 3388

I was recommended to him some years ago by the Australian Photographic Collectors Society (APCS) and gather he worked in Canon's tech. dept. in Japan, before he came to OZ.

He seems to be kept quite busy, but I never asked him if he does Leicas.

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17 hours ago, iphoenix said:

Hiroyoshi Nagami (Nagami Camera Service)

He seems to be kept quite busy, but I never asked him if he does Leicas.

On his website there is reference to Leica restoration which to me implies he does some Leica work.

http://nagamicamera.com.au/index.html

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