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How I got into the Repair Business:  People kept on asking me where to get their camera repaired.  The problem is that some repairmen are better than others, especially on classic cameras.    Often  you don't know your repairman can't handle it properly until they have screwed it up. 

I eventually got the picture (what a great pun).    I decided to offer repairs, using my own expert repairmen.    Factory trained at Leica, they know their stuff and treat classic cameras with the maximum of care. 

Turnaround AFTER receipt averages 3 to 4 weeks.  Four month warranty on labor.

International Repairs are accepted only at the owner's risk for possible loss or damage in transit. 

We Specialize in:

General Classic Rangefinder overhaul and cleaning for:  Leica M,   Leica Screw Mount Shutter overhaul (and most Leica copies),    Nikon Rangefinders, Canon Rangefinders, Voigtlander Bessa T, R, R2, R2S, R2C, R2A, R3A, most interchangeable lens rangefinders:   $175 labor  plus parts if needed.  Please note Leica no longer repairs screw mount bodies.

Leica Shutter Curtains $150 additional to $175 CLA cost 

Nikon Rangefinders:  CLA general cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of shutter, rangefinder  $175    Add $175 to replace shutter curtains.     SP Motor repairs: Minimum fee $500 if fixable, $200 fee even if unfixable -- they are a you know what to work on and they eat up hours of the best repairmen.  

Nikon SP Selenium Meter Repairs:   Almost everyone will tell you these can't be repaired, so we have just started repairing them.  We can repair most, but not all SP meters, it depends upon what is needed.  $150 + $40 Fed Ex back to you (within the US), another $100 if you also want the booster done.  We replace the selenium meter cells and adjust the mechanism for accuracy.

Contax IIa & IIIa:   CLA general cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of shutter, rangefinder  $175, we are not able to repair IIIa meters due to lack of parts.  We do not repair the earlier pre-war Contax.

Nikon F or F2 Shutter overhaul   $175 labor  (plus parts), battery compartment $150, lever advance meter switch $125

Nikon F and F2 Photomic Meter Repairs : Repair, overhaul, re-calibration for all F and F2 Photomic DP-1, F2A Meters  $125;   F2S, F2SB, F2AS overhauls $150, plus parts if any.    Almost everyone will tell you these can't be repaired, so we have just started repairing them.  For More Info

We no longer do lens repairs unless we are also repairing the camera body.  Why?  Too time consuming, and not enough good repair people.

International repairs:  I will not take responsibility for lost or damaged cameras in transit.


ESTIMATES: The above price estimate schedule works in most instances, but email to make sure it applies to your camera / lens,  unless your equipment is specifically listed above.      Estimates are just that.  Often we can't be sure of the necessary repairs until it has been disassembled.   IF more problems are encountered, you will be contacted for your approval to go ahead.   Click here for email estimate. 

TURNAROUND TIME from receipt to return shipment is an average three to four  weeks.   If it takes longer, you will be informed via email.   "Rush" service is not available.

WARRANTY is 4 months labor, not counting parts or shipping.

SHIPMENT: Ship camera/lens/whatever  to me INSURED.  I am NOT responsible for something which does not arrive, or is damaged before it arrives.    You will be charged a minimum $40 return Fed Ex 2nd day shipment fee within the US.     You will be emailed the tracking number.    While some may not like the minimum $40 return Fed Ex shipping costs,  I believe Fed Ex will result in less lost cameras and hair loss (mine).   Within the US you may opt for $20 US Priority Mail shipping AT YOUR RISK.  Outside the US, I will ship by whatever method you prefer and pay for, but I will NOT be responsible if the shipper loses or damages the camera.

PAYMENT for amount of the email estimate and return shipping must accompany item in the form of either money order or cashier's check, or a personal check drawn on an American bank account, made out to Stephen Gandy.  There is a minimum $40 return 2nd day Fed Ex shipment fee within the US.  Within the US you may opt for $20 US Priority Mail shipping AT YOUR RISK.

MAILING ADDRESS:   

Stephen Gandy

1336 Moorpark Rd, Box 184

Thousand Oaks, CA  91360-5224    USA


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Revised: December 14, 2008Copyright  2008Stephen Gandy. All rights reserved.    This means you may NOT copy and re-use the text or the pictures in ANY other internet or printed publication of ANY kind.  Information in this document is subject to change without notice.  Other products and companies referred to herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders.