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Repair/CLA times.

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by steveandthedogs, May 11, 2017.

  1. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    What would people say is a fair time to CLA a rangefinder and repair "looks like water damage" to the rangefinder coatings?

  2. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    As a very new owner of a respectable rangefinder camera, I've suddenly started seeing references to CLA - a term which by comparison is rare in DSLR & SLR photography literature. I've also done my fair share of reading the various Leica / Leitz brochures, and if my interpretation is correct, a Leica is so well made that it should never need a CLA in the lifetime of any ordinary human being!

    But, I suppose if you're not happy with your camera, it will nag you every other day, so seek out a decent repair person who won't make matters worse.
  3. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Any camera will probably need a CLA after thirty or forty years. Even Leicas.

    My problem is that a well-respected repairer has had the camera for what I consider an inordinate length of time. His latest comment was "it should be ready within a month". To which the reply was "Make that definitely within a month". I think he has finally got the message. If not, I'll have a drive down and pick it up in person and he can stuff any hopes of cash for basically just looking at it. After which it will go to Newton Ellis or similar.

  4. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    Newton Ellis have one of my IIIf bodies. Ian told me that the shutter run-down was a little erratic and that the rangefinder was fogged. This was cla'd by Malcolm T. 20 years ago. The 'fogging' was caused by water condensing from humidity. I have kept it in a half case made from the original leather case adapted to have a 'stud-on' lens cover (never used). Ian told me that leather holds water 'like a sponge'. I should keep my kit with silica-gel bags nearby to reduce humidity damage. Seems a good plan. He is v. busy at the moment, probably because there are but a few who offer servicing for mechanical only cameras, particularly rangefinder bodies. 6 to 8 weeks at N.E. Liverpool.
    Where else?
  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Whoops, should have replied to this earlier.
    It did arrive within the month, rangefinder now good again. It was expensive, but needed a lot of work on the top, basically a complete re-build of the optical bits. The list covered a piece of slightly-smaller-than-A5 in very close writing.

    A couple of repairers: Ed Trzoska [not the chap above, also not the quickest, but makes a good job] http://europhotoservices.co.uk/, Miles Whitehead http://www.mwcamerarepairs.co.uk/ . http://www.colecamerarepairs.co.uk/ , http://harrowtechnical.co.uk/ for Pentax film only,
    There's another couple but I've forgotten their names

  6. David Loxley

    David Loxley Well-Known Member

    Got my IIIf body back from Newton Ellis. Feels different, smooth and easy; sounds different, or I am going deaf; rangefinder excellent contrast.
    Delta 400 in it, Tour-de-Yorkshire starts on Thursday. 90mm. Elmar on the nose - bet it rains!
    The service, from putting in the post to delivery, 11 weeks!! But, talking to both Ian and Richard they have been busy. Similar reports elsewhere.

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  7. David Traynor

    David Traynor Member

    I get the feeling that if you have a valued mechanical or electronic/mechanical camera (eg:Nikon FN or FE; Leicaflex or Leica RE; CanonVT or F1N; etc, etc, etc.); it's time to consider whether your camera deserves a CLA service, while the experts are inclined to look after them.

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