Hi there. So I have a few cameras that need some love. One - my dad's Contaflex III - I would like to have a CLA done on. Any recommendations for good AND affordable places? I am in canada so places in Canada (or have reasonable shipping to here) would be preferred. I do live pretty close to Toronto but the place I have gone to is closed.
I also have a kind I'd beat up chinon 35ee that has a bit of a gummed up lens. Frankly I am not sure if this is worth a CLA given what I can get one for on eBay (and the fact that It is not in great shape). Will working the lens free it up or make it worse? Any quick and dirty tricks (like lighter fluid)? It is movable now but not nice and smooth.
Welcome fellow Canadian! If you're in the Golden Horseshoe (what shoe?) area of Southern Ontario your best bet would be Camtech in Hamilton at 588 Concession Street, a CLA is about 125.00. I take my Rolleiflex there once a year for a CLA.
Ah yes K-W I'm known to frequent those parts as I have an aunt and uncle who live there and I love downtown Waterloo for the old buildings. And yes it does get a little pricey to CLA every camera, so I mostly make sure when I purchase that the cameras are in good working order.
And I'm glad you enjoyed the post! It's a fun format.
I tried the same (cleaning the eyepiece) and most of the little parts and mirrors just fell onto my desk as my mouth gaped open in shock. I was not able to restore the eyepiece. Too many small parts. Anyone out there have a success story and some tips?