Mods & DIY Repairs and Cleaning

Specialist Film Camera Repair & Modification Companies

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a chap called Matt who suggested it might be nice to create a list of reputable camera repairers. Specifically film camera repairers. Then just yesterday – not for the first time by any stretch – I was asked if I knew of a repair company with a specialism in OM Olympus cameras. I don’t, but I bet there is one!

Rather than me try and find all these specialists myself, I thought I’d ask you folks to help me make a list.

So, if you know of any camera repairers – or indeed people who offer services to modify cameras – specifically ones with a good reputation or ones who specialise in certain cameras, then comment below and I’ll make a bit of a list.

I’d like to know the following details:

  • Company name and/or name
  • Telephone number/Email address (or both)
  • Specialist fields (if applicable)
  • Any testimonial notes on reputation/quality of work

I don’t want this to turn into a big list of shops that offer camera repairs through third parties, I just want a list of the people or companies that do the repairs themselves.

The only exception to that which I’m happy to make is for folks like Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter who offer western English speaking 3rd party services to companies like Kanto and MS Optical in Japan, wherein going via him helps to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.

Finally, I want this to be a list from people with first hand experience of the repairers in question. We all know of some of the well known Leica repairers, and I’m happy to have them on the list, but I’m only going to add them once I’ve heard from people with direct and positive experience. If you have positive or indeed negative experience of people already listed, please also comment.

 


 

United Kingdom

Company: Sprockets Camera Repair
Name: Phil
Contact: ask me and I will put you in touch (he doesn’t have his details published online)
Specialism: Leica repair
Testimonial:
Nice guy, does very good work – has fixed a fair number of my Leicas (Hamish Gill)

Company: J P Cameras
Name: Joe Pahplay
Contact: tel: 0131 661 8429 / text: 07515893363 / jpcameras@rocketmail.com / http://www.jpcameras.co.uk
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
Ive used JP Cameras in Edinburgh for my Yashica 124G, but on discussion (he texts status so I had a very friendly chat though SMS/iMessage) he explained he does it because he loves it but he could also repair Fuji GW960 and Leica’s so I imagine its quite wide ranging. Very speedy turnaround on my Yashica and price certainly seemed reasonable to me. (Matt Maber)

Name: Roger Lean
Contact: 0208 881 5208
Specialism: Primarily known for Lomo LC-A repairs but also general Russian (and I assume) other Eastern European made cameras. Roger is something of a legend if you have an LC-A. He has no online presence, not even a known email address as far as I can see. Just a phone number to contact him by.
Testimonial:
There isn’t anything he doesn’t know about LC-A’s, and you will get a lovely hand written letter back detailing exactly what he has done to service your camera. (Matt Doerr)

Company: CRR Luton
Name: 

Contact: http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/ – 07790 627 778
Specialism: Leica 
Testimonial:
The whole camera came back as new (looked pretty bad before). Somewhat unusual: all contact via text messages (very reliable in spite of old homepage). (Mattias D)

Company: MW Camera Repairs
Name: Miles Whitehead
Contact: mwcamerarepairs@gmail.com http://www.mwcamerarepairs.co.uk/
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonials:
– I’ve sent a couple of cameras to him and he’s always given free estimates and honesty about the expected success of a repair. (Steve Lloyd)
– His prices are very reasonable, he’s communicative and has years of experience in film and digital photography repairs. (“Blinx”)

Company: Newton Ellis
Name: Erm…a scouser who’s super nice
Contact: 0151 236 1391; http://www.newtonellis.com/contact/
Specialism: All types
Testimonial:
I highly recommend Newton Ellis in Liverpool, great service and reasonable prices. They’ll let you know what’s achievable with any repair and I’ve always been impressed with the results. I’ve had great work done by them, including CLA for Olympus and Leica lens, CLA for my M7 and M2 and, most recently a CLA of a 1930s Zeiss Ikonta folder. (Alex Yates)

Company: A.M. Technical Services
Name: Alan Marlow
Contact: Tel: 01932 247127 | Mob/Txt: 07914 978105 | E-mail: alanmarlow1000@gmail.com | Website: http://www.cam-rep.co.uk
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial: Alan is a former Konica technician who has been running an independent repair and maintenance service for many years. He’s a bit of a generalist, handling all manner of digital and film gear, but significantly for us knows a lot about film SLRs, MF lenses and will attempt to repair compacts. I’ve had Alan service my film SLRs and he’s always very thorough and his prices are very reasonable. (Ken Hindle-May)


Romania

Company: Kamerawork
Contact:
 http://kamerawerk.ro / 0745 152 604 / https://m.facebook.com/ReparatiiFoto/
Testimonial: great guy and good specialist. Repair all kind of camera and lenses. He repaired me a Nikon F2, a Nikkor Kogaku 58/1.4 and a Pentax LX.

 


Germany

Company: OM DOKTOR
Name: Frank Timmann
Contact: http://www.om-doktor.de/index.html
Specialism: All Olympus cameras, but obviously specialising in OM series
Testimonial:
He did some great work on two XA2 cameras for me! (Frank Lehnen)

Company: Kamera Doktor
Name: Viktor
Contact: kameradoktor-viktor@t-online.de | http://www.kameradoktor.de/
eBay shop: http://www.ebay.ie/sch/kamera-doktor/m.html
Specialism: Light Seals
Testimonial:
Viktor makes custom light seal kits for most cameras. He’s scaled back his operations a bit in recent years and doesn’t sell as regularly on eBay, but if you email him and request a kit for a particular camera he can normally make one for you. I’ve purchased light seal kits for my Canon A-1, Pentax MX, Olympus XA and Olympus XA2 and they’ve all been perfect and come with clear and helpful fitting instructions. (Ken Hindle-May)

Company: CT Kamera Service
Name: Mr. Tondera
Contact: http://www.ct-kameraservice.de
Specialism: services Fujifilm MF, Mamiya, Hasselblad and Copal and Prontar shutters.
Testimonial:
I was sending a Fuji 690 last version for repair of the winder lever mechanism and he fixed my camera in no time.
The camera worked perfect and the repair cost was only EUR 100 or so.

Company:  Wiese Fototechnik
Name: Mr. R. Wiese CEO
Contact: 
http://www.wiese-fototechnik.de
Specialism: They fix Rollei, Leica, Sinar and Samyang as well as Tokina and Nissin. They are also specialized in Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras and rebuild them.
Testimonial: I never worked with them but I was reading only good things about them.

Company: fototechnik
Name: Rolf-Dieter Baier
Contact: http://www.baierfoto.de/#english
Specialism: Mr. Baier is specialized in Pentacon Six, Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras.
Testimonial: He was a very helpful by replying to my technical questions without charging any money to me. He is also developing special holders for Kiev 88 prism to use them on Rolleiflex. He is producing special laser cut flocking kits for Pentacon Six, Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras which I already ordered a couple of times. He’s my man when it comes to Kiev and Pentacon cameras.


Netherlands

Company: Kamera-Service
Name: Will van Manen
Contact: +31 79 316 33 39 kamera-service@ziggo.nl http://www.kamera-service.info/
Specialism: Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex
Testimonials:
– Very experienced and friendly guy, does excellent – has CLA’d and fixed both my Leicas (M2 & M6). (Peter Kasbergen)
– Will’s partner Cathy did a CLA, winder repair and recover on my Leica M3. (Alex K)
– He specializes in Rollei, Leica and Hasselblad. I had my Rolleiflex repaired by Will a few years ago, as well as cleaning the viewfinder
of a Bronica RF645. (Benny Stevens)

Company: De Kamera
Name: Hans Klinkhamer
Contact: dekamera@hetnet.nl http://www.dekamera.com/
Specialism: Rollei repair
Testimonial:
Very experienced and friendly guy, does excellent – has fixed and serviced many of my cameras, including Rolleicord and Mamiya TLRs. (Peter Kasbergen)


Norway

Company: Antonio Stasi Classic cameras
Name: Antonio Stasi
Contact: tel: +47 55 32 47 42 | Mob: +47 99 53 25 20 | Email: toto@antoniostasi.com | http://www.antoniostasi.com/#!__engelsk
Specialism: Runs a diversified service, Repair shop specialising in 1950’s. to 1980’s cameras, sells secondhand film cameras, specialising on 1930′ to 1990’s film cameras, runs a developing business with 1 day turnaround, and is a knowledgeable fellow weel versed in photo history.


Poland

Company: BT Foto,
Contact: +48 22 825 35 08 – aparatfoto.com.pl
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
I’ve been going to this shop for about 2-3 years for repairs & full servicing. Main guy is Tadeusz. ENGLISH IS NOT SPOKEN IN THE SHOP, but it is easy to get around that: I work out what I want to say beforehand in Google translator, then show Mr. Tadeusz my iPad translation. Easy. I’ve had done a Rolleiflex 2.8F (non-functioning shutter + full svc); Fuji GA645 (sticky mode dial + full svc); Konica Hexar AF (sticky shutter button + full svc); Mamiya RB67 (full svc + reseal cartridges), plus about 25 other analogue cameras (from point & shoot to medium format). It’s dirt cheap. Most I’ve EVER paid for any work was 150PLN [£GBP28] for my Rolleiflex 2.8F [shutter repair + full svc] – and that camera is renowned as one of the most difficult of any camera to work on! CLA approx. 60-100PLN [£11-14]; replace foam seals 30PLN [£5]. Because this place is so affordable I invariably take EVERY camera I purchase to BT Foto for a full CLA before I shoot a roll. Usually 5-10 days for non-urgent. Can be a day if you press him. This is NOT a swish, modern shop. It is strictly old-school. I don’t even think they take credit-cards. But these are the type of places that know analogue stuff & get the job done. It could be very cost effective if anyone visits Poland on holiday to get a load of cameras done while you’re here. But, if done via post it would likely not be so cost effective as certainly a courier service [DHL, FedEx] would be essential. I’m happy to help anyone who is visiting Warsaw – just drop me a line. (Martin Hugh Henley)


Portugal

Company: Oficina Analógica
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/oficinaanalogica Oficinaanalogica@gmail.com
Specialism: Not a open shop but a particular repair service – Mostly works with mechanical German and Japanese cameras.


Japan

Company: MS-Optical
Name: Miyazaki Sadayasu
Contact: Outside of Japan, contact JCH – more info here
Specialism: Lens modification
Testimonial: Modified a Nikon lens to m-mount for me with great results – see here

Company: Kanto
Contact: Outside of Japan, contact JCH – more info here
Specialism: Mixed / Well regarded camera repaints
Testimonial:
I live in Japan and have frequently used Kanto Camera for procuring and overhauling Leica M3s. I have used them for repair and overhauling of several Leica lenses. They are absolutely superb with an attention to detail and exacting standards that exceed Leica itself! People who work there are absolutely charming. If you live outside of Japan and do not speak Japanese, definitely work with Kanto via Bellamy Hunt. Well worth it. (Steven Bleistein)


North America

Company: Englewood Camera
Contact: Colorado – Tel: 303-797-0700, Fax: 720-842-7500, Email: repair@englewoodcamera.com
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
I have used them for refurbishing an old Nikon lens that had belonged to my father. Excellent job. Regularly has a decent selection of used film cameras for sale reasonably priced. Bought an old Nikon FG from them. Very local and friendly. Occasionally, a pet pig greets you at the entrance to the shop!

Company: Cameratechs
Contact: http://www.cameratechs.com/
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
They do a healthy trade in used equipment, and service film cameras on site. Very knowledgeable, and helpful! (Todd Schlemmer)

Company: Golden Touch Quality Camera Repair
Name: Sherry Krauter
Contact: Tel 845-496-8834 – Fax 845-496-3656 http://www.sherrykrauter.com krauter@warwick.net
Specialism: Leica 
Testimonial:
Sherry is a factory trained Leica wizard! She took my old M2 (is there any other kind?) and went through it with a fine-toothed comb. Returned it to factory specs, replaced a bunch of stuff inside, did a complete CLA and then, as an afterthought, replaced a piece of mismatched vulcanite on the hinged back door. I swear, the shutter is smoother & quieter than when I sent it out. She also does first-class job on lenses. I believe her specialty is the Leica CL. I sent mine in, and she upgraded it to reflect the changes & modifications the CL went through during it’s production life. Each camera is worked on by hand…no ultrasound cleaning or over lubricating as shortcuts. She is not super fast, and her prices are moderate to slightly above average. You are getting expert repair at a good price. Hard to contact, be patient & keep trying. Check out her website. (Dan Castelli)
Company: Digitech Camera Repair
Name: John B.
Contact: digitechcamerarepair.com / (626) 786-3070 / dicamrep@sbcglobal.net
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
I recently had a faulty Olympus 35RD CLA’d here and got it back in great, clean working order. It took a week or two to get back, but John was very knowledgeable and helpful. Not sure if they specialize in anything in particular.

Company: Quality Light-Metric
Contact: tel: (323) 467-2265
Specialism: Light meters
Testimonial:
They have repaired/recalibrated two Gossen Luna-Pro analog meters for me. The cost to work on each meter didn’t exceed $90USD. I’m going to send in my Weston Master V for calibration. Call for information on repairs to your specific meter before sending your equipment out to the land of milk & honey. Work comes w/a 90 day guarantee. You pay for S&H. They are friendly and helpful. The buzz is that they work on the meters for the motion picture industry. (Dan Castelli)

Company: 2nd shot SX70 (Matt Widmann)
Contact: (716) 951-9023/2ndshotservice@gmail.com
Specialism: most variants of the SX70
Testimonial: Answers Emails very quickly and his work is excellent, great guy!
Company: Mark Hama Ltd.
Name: Mark Hama
Contact:  2675 Earl Dr. Marietta, GA 30062 / phone: (770) 565-1498 / markhama@comcast.net / http://www.markhama.com
Specialism: Here is a specialist for twin-lens cameras, YashicaMat and Rolleiflex.
Testimonial: Mr. Mark Hama in Marietta, Georgia, USA, repaired damage done to my Rolleiflex 3.5E by another incompetent repair bumbler/mangler.


South Africa

Company: Camera Repair Centre
Name: Tony Tavener
Contact: http://www.camerarepair.co.za/
Specialism: Mixed
Testimonial:
Camera Repair Centre pride themselves as seeing repairs as a challenge. Tony Tavener started his career as a technician at Carl Zeiss Scientific Instruments in New Cavendish Street London W1.

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Frank Lehnen
    July 17, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Got one in

    GERMANY

    OM DOKTOR
    Frank Timmann
    Billstedter Hauptstraße 67
    D-22111 Hamburg

    http://www.om-doktor.de/index.html

    All Olympus cameras, but obviously specialising in OM series

    He dis some great work on two XA2 cameras for me!

  • Reply
    Matthew
    July 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Ive used JP Cameras in Edinburgh for my Yashica 124G, but on discussion (he texts status so I had a very friendly and rambling chat though SMS/iMessage) he explained he does it because he loves it but he could also repair Fuji GW960 and Leica’s so I imagine its quite wide ranging.
    Very speedy turnaround on my Yashica and price certainly seemed reasonable to me.
    Joe Pahplay
    TEL: 0131 661 8429
    TEXT ONLY: 07515893363
    jpcameras@rocketmail.com
    http://www.jpcameras.co.uk

    Also,
    For my Leica M6’s CLA and winder repair I used Phil at Sprockets who you actually recommended to me.

  • Reply
    Blinx
    July 17, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Miles Whitehead at MW Camera Repairs has always been my first port of call for camera and lens fixes.

    http://www.mwcamerarepairs.co.uk/
    mwcamerarepairs@gmail.com

    His prices are very reasonable, he’s communicative and has years of experience in film and digital photography repairs.

  • Reply
    Steven Bleistein
    July 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Englewood Camera
    5855 S. BROADWAY, LITTLETON, COLORADO 80121, USA
    Tel: 303-797-0700, Fax: 720-842-7500, Email: repair@englewoodcamera.com
    http://englewoodcamera.com
    Not sure of contact name.
    I have used them for refurbishing an old Nikon lens that had belonged to my father. Excellent job. Regularly has a decent selection of used film cameras for sale reasonably priced. Bought an old Nikon FG from them. Very local and friendly. Occasionally, a pet pig greets you at the entrance to the shop!

    I live in Japan and have frequently used Kanto Camera for procuring and overhauling Leica M3s. I have used them for repair and overhauling of several Leica lenses. They are absolutely superb with an attention to detail and exacting standards that exceed Leica itself! People who work there are absolutely charming. If you live outside of Japan and do not speak Japanese, definitely work with Kanto via Bellamy Hunt. Well worth it.

  • Reply
    Peter Kasbergen
    July 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Netherlands

    Company: Kamera-Service
    Name: Will van Manen
    Contact:
    Dorpsstraat 81
    2712 AD
    Zoetermeer
    Netherlands
    +31 79 316 33 39
    kamera-service@ziggo.nl
    http://www.kamera-service.info/
    Specialism: Leica repair
    Testimonial: Very experienced and friendly guy, does excellent – has CLA’d and fixed both my Leicas (M2 & M6).

    Company: De Kamera
    Name: Hans Klinkhamer
    Contact:
    Batavenstraat 47
    7041 VA
    ‘s-Heerenberg
    Netherlands
    dekamera@hetnet.nl
    http://www.dekamera.com/
    Specialism: Rollei repair
    Testimonial: Very experienced and friendly guy, does excellent – has fixed and serviced many of my cameras, including Rolleicord and Mamiya TLRs.

  • Reply
    Erik Prestmo
    July 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Got one in Bergen, Norway on the western coast of the Norwegian sea:

    Bergen, Norway

    Antonio Stasi Classic cameras

    Address:Lille Øvregaten 4
    5018 Bergen Norway
    el: +47 55 32 47 42
    Mob: +47 99 53 25 20

    Email: toto@antoniostasi.com

    Proprietor Antonio Stasi
    Runs a diversified service, Repair shop specialising in 1950’s. to 1980’s cameras, sells secondhand film cameras, specialising on 1930′ to 1990’s film cameras, runs a developing business with 1 day turnaround, and is a knowledgeable fellow weel versed in photo history.

    Home page :

    http://www.antoniostasi.com/#!__engelsk

  • Reply
    Alex K
    July 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    In the Netherlands:

    Will van Manen
    Kamera-Service vof
    Dorpsstraat 81
    2712 AD Zoetermeer
    (079) 316 33 39
    kamera-service@ziggo.nl

    Will’s partner Cathy did a CLA, winder repair and recover on my Leica M3.
    They are specialized in Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex equipment.

  • Reply
    Todd Schlemmer
    July 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    In Seattle, Cameratechs

    http://www.cameratechs.com/

    Cameratechs
    2034 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    They do a healthy trade in used equipment, and service film cameras on site.
    Very knowledgeable, and helpful!

  • Reply
    Dan Castelli
    July 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    United States:
    Golden Touch Quality Camera Repair
    Sherry Krauter, 118 Purgatory Road, Campbell Hall, New York 10916-2616
    Tel 845-496-8834
    Fax 845-496-3656
    http://www.sherrykrauter.com
    krauter@warwick.net

    Sherry is a factory trained Leica wizard! She took my old M2 (is there any other kind?) and went through it with a fine-toothed comb. Returned it to factory specs, replaced a bunch of stuff inside, did a complete CLA and then, as an afterthought, replaced a piece of mismatched vulcanite on the hinged back door. I swear, the shutter is smoother & quieter than when I sent it out. She also does first-class job on lenses. I believe her specialty is the Leica CL. I sent mine in, and she upgraded it to reflect the changes & modifications the CL went through during it’s production life. Each camera is worked on by hand…no ultrasound cleaning or over lubricating as shortcuts. She is not super fast, and her prices are moderate to slightly above average. You are getting expert repair at a good price. Hard to contact, be patient & keep trying. Check out her website.

  • Reply
    Alex Yates
    July 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I highly recommend Newton Ellis in Liverpool, great service and reasonable prices. They’ll let you know what’s achievable with any repair and I’ve always been impressed with the results.

    Company: Newton Ellis
    Name: Erm…a scouser who’s super nice
    Contact: 0151 236 1391; http://www.newtonellis.com/contact/
    Specialism: All types
    Testimonial: I’ve had great work done by them, including CLA for Olympus and Leica lens, CLA for my M7 and M2 and, most recently a CLA of a 1930s Zeiss Ikonta folder.

  • Reply
    Steve Lloyd
    July 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Two UK repairers.

    Miles Whitehead is always the go to recommendation for any film cameras on Talk Photography. I’ve sent a couple of cameras to him and he’s always given free estimates and honesty about the expected success of a repair. He’s UK based and his email address is mwcamerarepairs@gmail.com

    I’ve never used them but Newton Ellis in Liverpool have had some good feedback on TP as well. http://www.newtonellis.com/

    Cheers
    Steve

  • Reply
    Rollin Banderob
    July 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This is only a lead for you – I contacted them for possible service of a MINOLTA M-ROKKOR 28mm as had I read on a forum they would work on them to remove the spotting corrosion and Schneideritis. He answered e-mail and would work on them from the States. I decided on getting a different 28mm so have no actual experience:

    http://www.kamera-service.info/index.php/en/
    Will van Manen
    Kamera-Service vof
    Dorpsstraat 81
    2712 AD Zoetermeer
    Nederland / The Netherlands
    (079) 316 33 39
    kamera-service@ziggo.nl

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      July 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      I am going to leave this one down here for ref. but will add it up if anyone else can validate it with direct experience. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Matt Doerr
    July 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Roger Lean
    0208 881 5208
    Primarily known for LC-A repairs but also general Russian (and I assume) other Eastern European made cameras.
    Roger is something of a legend if you have an LC-A. He has no online presence, not even a known email address as far as I can see. Just a phone number to contact him by. There isn’t anything he doesn’t know about LC-A’s, and you will get a lovely hand written letter back detailing exactly what he has done to service your camera.

    • Reply
      Ken Hindle-May
      July 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      I’ve used Roger as well. Sent him my sticky-shuttered LC-A in 2008 and it’s been one of my most reliable cameras ever since.

  • Reply
    Benny Stevens
    July 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    In The Netherlands :
    Mr Will van Manen
    Kamera-Service
    Dorpsstraat 81
    2712 AD Zoetermeer
    Tel. +31 79 316 33 39
    kamera-service@ziggo.nl
    He specializes in Rollei, Leica and Hasselblad. I had my Rolleiflex repaired by Will a few years ago, as well as cleaning the viewfinder
    of a Bronica RF645.

  • Reply
    Mattias D
    July 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I had an M2 rangefinder resilvered at CRR Luton (http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/) The whole camera came back as new (looked pretty bad before). Somewhat unusual: all contact via text messages (very reliable in spite of old homepage).

  • Reply
    Martin Hugh Henley
    July 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    POLAND [Warsaw]
    BT Foto, Warszawa
    Al. Armii Ludowej 12
    00-638 Warszawa
    Mazowieckie,
    POLAND
    +48 22 825 35 08
    aparatfoto.com.pl

    I’ve been going to this shop for about 2-3 years for repairs & full servicing. Main guy is Tadeusz. ENGLISH IS NOT SPOKEN IN THE SHOP, but it is easy to get around that: I work out what I want to say beforehand in Google translator, then show Mr. Tadeusz my iPad translation. Easy.
    SPECIALISATION: everything – digital and analogue, from replacing foam seals, to calibrating lights meters, to servicing lenses.
    PERSONAL STUFF I’VE HAD DONE: Rolleiflex 2.8F (non-functioning shutter + full svc); Fuji GA645 (sticky mode dial + full svc); Konica Hexar AF (sticky shutter button + full svc); Mamiya RB67 (full svc + reseal cartridges), plus about 25 other analogue cameras (from point & shoot to medium format).
    COST: DIRT CHEAP! Most I’ve EVER paid for any work was 150PLN [£GBP28] for my Rolleiflex 2.8F [shutter repair + full svc] – and that camera is renowned as one of the most difficult of any camera to work on! CLA approx. 60-100PLN [£11-14]; replace foam seals 30PLN [£5]. Because this place is so affordable I invariably take EVERY camera I purchase to BT Foto for a full CLA before I shoot a roll.
    TURNAROUND: usually 5-10 days for non-urgent. Can be a day if you press him.
    SPECIAL NOTE: This is NOT a swish, modern shop. It is strictly old-school. I don’t even think they take credit-cards. But these are the type of places that know analogue stuff & get the job done. It could be very cost effective if anyone visits Poland on holiday to get a load of cameras done while you’re here. But, if done via post it would likely not be so cost effective as certainly a courier service [DHL, FedEx] would be essential. I’m happy to help anyone who is visiting Warsaw – just drop me a line.

  • Reply
    Eduan Groenewald
    July 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    South Africa
    Company: Camera Repair Centre
    Name: Tony Tavener
    Contact: http://www.camerarepair.co.za/

    Specialism: Repairing Cameras
    Testimonial:Camera Repair Centre pride themselves as seeing repairs as a challenge.
    Tony Tavener started his career as a technician at Carl Zeiss Scientific Instruments in New Cavendish Street London W1.

  • Reply
    Kevin Archie
    July 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    John B. at Digitech Camera Repair – California, USA
    digitechcamerarepair.com / (626) 786-3070 / dicamrep@sbcglobal.net

    I recently had a faulty Olympus 35RD CLA’d here and got it back in great, clean working order. It took a week or two to get back, but John was very knowledgeable and helpful. Not sure if they specialize in anything in particular.

  • Reply
    Slater
    July 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    In the United States:
    Advance Camera
    8124 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
    Portland, Oregon
    97225
    http://www.advancecamera.com/

    I have not personally had a camera repaired here but I have had friends and instructors use them before with great results. The staff is really nice and they have clear and reasonable prices for all of their repairs, they also work on digital cameras and do IR conversions!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      July 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      I’m going to leave this one down in the comments until I get a direct recommendation – thanks though!

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    Ken Hindle-May
    July 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Another one for the UK:

    Alan Marlow of A.M. Technical Services
    Tel: 01932 247127
    Mob/Txt: 07914 978105
    E-mail: alanmarlow1000@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.cam-rep.co.uk

    Alan is a former Konica technician who has been running an independent repair and maintenance service for many years. He’s a bit of a generalist, handling all manner of digital and film gear, but significantly for us knows a lot about film SLRs, MF lenses and will attempt to repair compacts.

    I’ve had Alan service my film SLRs and he’s always very thorough and his prices are very reasonable.

    A German service I’ve used several times is Kamera Doktor:
    Email: kameradoktor-viktor@t-online.de
    Website: http://www.kameradoktor.de/
    eBay shop: http://www.ebay.ie/sch/kamera-doktor/m.html

    Viktor makes custom light seal kits for most cameras. He’s scaled back his operations a bit in recent years and doesn’t sell as regularly on eBay, but if you email him and request a kit for a particular camera he can normally make one for you.

    I’ve purchased light seal kits for my Canon A-1, Pentax MX, Olympus XA and Olympus XA2 and they’ve all been perfect and come with clear and helpful fitting instructions.

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    Erik Prestmo
    July 26, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I wonder why this did not maker your list?
    Are there rules for non-acceptable countries?

    “Bergen, Norway
    Antonio Stasi Classic cameras
    Address:Lille Øvregaten 4
    5018 Bergen Norway
    el: +47 55 32 47 42
    Mob: +47 99 53 25 20
    Email: toto@antoniostasi.com
    Proprietor Antonio Stasi
    Runs a diversified service, Repair shop specialising in 1950’s. to 1980’s cameras, sells secondhand film cameras, specialising on 1930′ to 1990’s film cameras, runs a developing business with 1 day turnaround, and is a knowledgeable fellow weel versed in photo history.
    Home page :
    http://www.antoniostasi.com/#!__engelsk

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      July 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Did you read the post Erik – he didn’t make it because no one recommended him yet…

      • Reply
        Erik Prestmo
        July 27, 2016 at 1:30 am

        Well I recommend him, otherwise I would not be writing it for chrissake!

        Is this a free masonry group, with secret handshakes upturned crosses and stupid outfits?

        • Reply
          Hamish Gill
          July 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

          You do make me chuckle Erik 🙂
          If I ever come up with a handshake, you’l be the first to know!

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    Eddy Lambert
    July 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Another thumbs up for CRR Luton for Leica repairs. The website is eccentric and email erratic (SMS fine) but Peter is a gent and a master craftsman. My working but rheumatic Leica iii came back like new. Remirrored rangefinder, mechanics all stripped, cleaned and calibrated for about £150. This post is a very good idea Hamish – have already used one of the contacts listed here to help fix up an old Voigtlander folder!

  • Reply
    Dan Castelli
    July 28, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Hey Hamish, how about secret hats?

  • Reply
    Dan Castelli
    July 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Good Afternoon all,
    I’d like to add another shop – they’re specialists and they don’t repair cameras, only light meters.

    Quality Light-Metric
    7095 Hollywood BLVD., #550
    Hollywood, California 90028
    tel: (323) 467-2265

    They have repaired/recalibrated two Gossen Luna-Pro analog meters for me. The cost to work on each meter didn’t exceed $90USD. I’m going to send in my Weston Master V for calibration. Call for information on repairs to your specific meter before sending your equipment out to the land of milk & honey. Work comes w/a 90 day guarantee. You pay for S&H. They are friendly and helpful. The buzz is that they work on the meters for the motion picture industry.

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    Kodachromeguy
    February 14, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Here is a specialist for twin-lens cameras, YashicaMat and Rolleiflex. Mr. Mark Hama in Marietta, Georgia, USA, repaired damage done to my Rolleiflex 3.5E by another incompetent repair bumbler/mangler. Check: http://www.markhama.com:
    Mark Hama Ltd.
    2675 Earl Dr.
    Marietta, GA 30062
    phone: (770) 565-1498
    markhama@comcast.net

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    Krzysztof
    March 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Hey, I’m a young camera tech located in Warsaw, Poland. The name is Krzysztof or Chris. I’m not under any business, just doing this in my own name.

    I’m specialized in Canon AE-1, AE-1P and A-1 and Olympus OM 1/1N/2/2N/2SP/4 but have done a few Rolleiflexes, Konicas, Yashicas, random other cameras. I can do Nikon F4 stuck aperture lever repair. I have experience in lens cleaning from OM Zuiko to Canon FD to Nikon F to random others. Extensive list of service manuals and information. Clients in Warsaw, Budapest, UK. Polish/English/German.

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    Igor Silva
    March 10, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Portugal:
    Oficina Analógica
    Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
    https://www.facebook.com/oficinaanalogica
    Oficinaanalogica@gmail.com
    Not a open shop but a particular repair service.
    Mostly works with mechanical German and Japanese cameras.

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    Carlton
    March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I’d like to add a service for the US
    2nd shot SX70 (Matt Widmann)
    (716) 951-9023/2ndshotservice@gmail.com
    Services most variants of the SX70
    Answers Emails very quickly and his work is excellent, great guy!

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    Ionut Radulescu
    March 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Contact: http://kamerawerk.ro/
    Contact: 0745 152 604
    FB page: https://m.facebook.com/ReparatiiFoto/

    In Bucharest, Romania, great guy and good specialist. Repair all kind of camera and lenses. He repaired me a Nikon F2, a Nikkor Kogaku 58/1.4 and a Pentax LX.

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    Michael Rost
    March 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    TGIF to all of you out there,
    I got three addresses to add to this list.

    CT Kamera Service in Munich/Germany
    http://www.ct-kameraservice.de
    Mr. Tondera services Fujifilm MF, Mamiya, Hasselblad and Copal and Prontar shutters.
    I was sending a Fuji 690 last version for repair of the winder lever mechanism and he fixed my camera in no time.
    The camera worked perfect and the repair cost was only EUR 100 or so.

    Wiese Fototechnik Hamburg/Germany
    http://www.wiese-fototechnik.de
    Mr. R. Wiese CEO
    They fix Rollei, Leica, Sinar and Samyang as well as Tokina and Nissin.
    They are also specialized in Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras and rebuild
    them.

    I never worked with them but I was reading only good things about them.

    fototechnik Rolf-Dieter Baier Emmendingen/Germany
    http://www.baierfoto.de/#english

    Mr. Baier is specialized in Pentacon Six, Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras. He was a very helpful by replying to my
    technical questions without charging any money to me. He is also developing special holders for Kiev 88 prism
    to use them on Rolleiflex. He is producing special laser cut flocking kits for Pentacon Six, Kiev 60 and Kiev 88 cameras
    which I already ordered a couple of times. He’s my man when it comes to Kiev and Pentacon cameras.

    Regards,
    Michael

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