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    How much do shutter repairs cost?

    I have technica shutter that stopped working at 1/10 down to 1 sec last night. It sounds like it is struggling befor getting stuck. I’ve never had to get a shutter, or any camera gear fixed.

    How much do these repairs cost? And who does that kind of work?

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    100 to 150 dollars or so.

    I prefer to use local camera repair shops whenever possible.

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronnate View Post
    I have technica shutter that stopped working at 1/10 down to 1 sec last night.
    Most likely the lubricants in the low-speed escapement have gummed up or solidified.

    A proper service requires dis-mounting the lens cells, dis-assembling the shutter (almost) completely, removing the escapement and running it through an ultrasonic cleaner to remove all the old solidified lubricant. The ultrasonic cleaning may take several hours to days.

    Then proper lubricants must be applied, the escapement mounted back in the shutter, and the speeds adjusted.

    Then the shutter is re-assembled, lens cells mounted, and everything is checked for proper operation.

    Of course, this __assumes__ there are no damaged or broken components in the escapement. This is usually true, but if it's not true in this case, obtaining replacement parts may be very difficult/expensive*.

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    *NB And of course, only mad dogs and Englishmen actually disassemble escapements.
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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    . *NB And of course, only mad dogs and Englishmen actually disassemble escapements.
    Wrong we send them to someone who does CLA as a business
    I got a 135mm Xenar lens repaired a year ago. It cost UKú90.00 [circa US$115.00} and came with 3 months guarantee and this included replacing some of the shutter blades
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    Tony [ps English & Canadian nationality]

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Don't know where you are in the world, but if a shutter needs anything my first thought is to contact Carol Flutot (https://www.flutotscamerarepair.com/). She recently did a CLA on an Ilex #4 shutter of mine and now the speeds are spot on.

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonyowen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    *NB And of course, only mad dogs and Englishmen actually disassemble escapements.
    Wrong we send them to someone who does CLA as a business
    Tony,

    I do (did) CLAs as a business for many years.

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Thanks. I’ll contact flutot’s after the holiday. I’m in Arizona.

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    +1 for Carol - she's fixed several shutters for me - but the turn-around isn't particularly quick

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    Re: How much do shutter repairs cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Andrada View Post
    +1 for Carol - she's fixed several shutters for me - but the turn-around isn't particularly quick
    I received my shutter back within 6 weeks which I thought was reasonable service.

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    More kudos for carol... she's the best!!

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