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Repair and service of film cameras

A good quality film camera, when originally purchased, could easily set you back a week’s wages, not to mention the cost of lenses and accessories. But cameras were expected to last many years, and they did, with most still working today.

This page is about film cameras and their service. So, if you want a film camera restored, your own and paid hard earned cash for, or one you have inherited … read on!

Classics such as Pentax SP, SP-F, K1000, KM and KX, Minolta SRT, Canon FT series, Ricoh KR and more, can almost always be restored to former glory, even though some may be 50 years or older!

Granted, the cost of a complete overhaul may well be as much as the camera’s original price, but it is going to last for many more years, and certainly longer than any digital camera is likely to.

Voigtlander1Restoring classic and vintage film cameras is a long time passion of mine.
There is something special about a camera that functions by purely mechanical means. No need for electronics, and no battery except perhaps to power the exposure meter.

They have the charm of an old pendulum clock give a satisfying sound when the button is pressed, as they capture that special moment in time.

A lot of time goes into the service of the cameras I accept for repair. Before service can proceed your camera is assessed to ensure that my time will be well spend and that you will be getting good value for your investment.

If the camera is not worth restoring I will tell you! After all, I am giving you 12 months warranty and, like you, I will expect the camera to be of good behaviour for a good many more years.

Every camera is extensively dismantled, every part checked, hand cleaned and lubricated, seals and cushion material is replaced. The camera is reassembled and calibrated.

There are only a few technicians left in Australia, with the knowledge and experience in repairing mechanical cameras and I am one of them! With luck I will continue putting ‘snap’ back into cameras and lenses for a little while yet.

Here’s the ‘operating’ table.

Repair Services

To have a camera repaired please email your inquiry, giving details of the camera brand and model, describing the problem as clearly as possible.

An obligation free estimate will be forwarded to you within a few days.

Email us for estimate.

As a rough guide, a general overhaul of a 35mm camera starts at $265 and go up to $450 for very complex units.

Not repaired:

Cameras damaged by liquid, sand, rust/corrosion, battery leakage, or impact. Nor do I repair cameras that have been tampered with or have been dismantled.

Accurate focus inspection and adjustment using optical collimator Shutter calibration using $20.000 shutter and exposure tester

Shutter testing and calibration

Film plane and infinity focus checked and adjusted.