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Recommended Leica Service CLA ?

Discussion in 'Leica Camera Chat' started by Kamepa, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Kamepa

    Kamepa Well-Known Member

    OK what are the best options to get well worn/used classic Leica II c1932 and IIIc c1950 serviced? Both have tappering shutters with the II sounds a tad rough or unlubricated. There are not many service options left so would be interesting to see a list.
  2. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Try Ray Czerkas -

    Ray Czerkas
    32 Parsonage Lane
    Welham Green
    Hertfordshire AL9 7LU
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 01707265182
    E-mail: Ray@rccr.co.uk

    He sorted the slow speeds on my MDa for me and charged £58, which I thought was very reasonable. I believe Newton Ellis in Liverpool advertise in AP - they are a modern Canon Authorised Repairer, but also do classics.

  3. Kamepa

    Kamepa Well-Known Member

    I have been quoted £220 for each camera. That is a total strip down and rebuild with new shutter curtains costing another twenty quid. Not sure what I am going to do this yet as that is a tad expensive.
  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Ouch! Mind you, a properly adjusted Barnack Leica is like a piece of engineering, it just feels right. Start saving the coppers...

  5. Kamepa

    Kamepa Well-Known Member

    Will have to sell some junk on ebay to fund this :)
  6. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Hi Kamepa,

    Sounds about right to me. Console yourself with the thought that if it was a 'M' it would cost more and if a M6 needing full shutter or with cracked circuit board ... :eek:

    Malcolm Taylor is still going and I think still at the Herefordshire address. He may be more expensive as he's something of the Granddaddy of Leica repair specialists. You could try mwcamerarepairs.co.uk although Miles is not a Leica specialist and he's a pro repairer so their kit takes precedence in his work order. Highly recommended though: am a satisfied customer. :)

  7. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    To resurrect an old thread - weak rangefinder spot on M3 - Ray Czerkas has suggested strip and place a coloured filter over the prism, rather than re-silvering it. He states this is what Leica do; anyone got any comments about this?
    The price is about a quarter that of re-silvering, and at the moment that could count for a lot.

  8. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    If my memory serves me correctly, the fitting of a Yellow filter apparently/reputedly increases the contrast of the reflected image and enables users to differentiate the projected rangefinder image via the prism, from that seen directly through the viewfinder. If re-silvering is required, this yellow filter certainly isn't going to improve things a lot, and may indeed mean the RF functions even less effectively!
  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Thanks Footloose, but in the end I sent it to Malcolm Taylor. At first sight, he reckons it's not the silvering, just needing a clean. Still waiting to hear back from him, so keep your fingers crossed please!

  10. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    We will, we will!
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