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.
Company: J P Cameras
Name: Joe Pahplay
Contact: tel: 0131 661 8429 / text: 07515893363 / [email protected] / http://www.jpcameras.co.uk
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.
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
Contact: http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/ – 07790 627 778
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: [email protected] http://www.mwcamerarepairs.co.uk/
– 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
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: Camera Repair Workshop
Name: Dave Boyle
Contact: Tel: 01908 378008 | E-mail: [email protected] | Website: http://www.camerarepairworkshop.co.uk/
Testimonial: He does most makes, both film & digital, but started as a Minolta technician. Fixed my Minolta X-500 after it’s electrics died from being unused for 10 years. (James Tappin)
Contact: Tel:0131 447 2712 | Website: http://www.cameratiks.co.uk/repairs
Testimonial: They do most things, but that part of the shop does seem to specialise in Leicas (it’s where I bought my Leitz Minolta CL). I’ve had a couple of things repaired, including a Pentax MX whose mirror had dislodged when I dropped it, and a Pentax-M 85mm lens with a lazy iris. Did one repair the same day when I was leaving the next day. 6 months warranty on repairs. (Chris Rusbridge)
Company: Black on White cameras
Testimonial: Exclusively a camera repair shop repairing digital and film cameras. Always had very good experiences with them; they serviced my squeaking Canon A-1 very well ! (Keir W)
Company: Harrow Technical
Testimonial: Pentax specialists and have large amounts of stock of spare parts and do excellent repair and service jobs. Also work on other brands of camera. (Keir W)
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.
Company: OM DOKTOR
Name: Frank Timmann
Specialism: All Olympus cameras, but obviously specialising in OM series
He did some great work on two XA2 cameras for me! (Frank Lehnen)
Company: Kamera Doktor
Contact: [email protected] | http://www.kameradoktor.de/
eBay shop: http://www.ebay.ie/sch/kamera-doktor/m.html
Specialism: Light Seals
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
Specialism: 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.
Company: Wiese Fototechnik
Name: Mr. R. Wiese CEO
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.
Name: Rolf-Dieter Baier
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.
Name: Will van Manen
Contact: +31 79 316 33 39 [email protected] http://www.kamera-service.info/
Specialism: Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex
– 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: [email protected] http://www.dekamera.com/
Specialism: Rollei repair
Very experienced and friendly guy, does excellent – has fixed and serviced many of my cameras, including Rolleicord and Mamiya TLRs. (Peter Kasbergen)
Company: Antonio Stasi Classic cameras
Name: Antonio Stasi
Contact: tel: +47 55 32 47 42 | Mob: +47 99 53 25 20 | Email: [email protected] | 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.
Company: BT Foto,
Contact: +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. 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)
Company: Oficina Analógica
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/oficinaanalogica [email protected]
Specialism: Not a open shop but a particular repair service – Mostly works with mechanical German and Japanese cameras.
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
Contact: Outside of Japan, contact JCH – more info here
Specialism: Mixed / Well regarded camera repaints
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)
Company: Englewood Camera
Contact: Colorado – Tel: 303-797-0700, Fax: 720-842-7500, Email: [email protected]
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!
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 [email protected]
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 / [email protected]
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
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) 951-9023/2ndsho[email protected]
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 / [email protected] / 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.
Company: Camera Repair Centre
Name: Tony Tavener
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.