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Cameras, lenses, projectors
The time has come to retire and we wish to advise that Camera Check Point will cease operation in June 2018.
After 37 years of operation and repairing well over 25.000 cameras and lenses, we plan to take it a little easier.
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-
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.
Restoring 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 mechanical clock and give a satisfying sound when the button is pressed, as that special moment in time is captured.
To service such cameras take time, so you want to be certain that the time is well spend.
Before service can proceed the camera is assessed to ensure that the investment is worth while.
If the camera is beyond reliable restoration you will be advised.
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 handful of technicians left in Australia, with the knowledge and experience in repairing mechanical cameras. It is a breed that is rapidly disappearing, the younger generation having only every known electronic and digital cameras.
I hope there will be new enthusiasts taking up the challenge of restoring these old mechanical beasts. And while I will no longer be accepting work, I am planning on making my library of notes and service details available at some time in the future. If you are interest in getting your hands on the notes, just drop me an email to register your name.
For a short time yet I will accept a limited number of cameras for service. Please email your inquiry, detailing the camera brand and model, and describing the problem as clearly as possible.
I will then advise you if repair is possible.
As a rough guide, a general overhaul of a 35mm camera starts at $265 and can go as high as $450 in case of very complex units.
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.
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