Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 33

Thread: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them?

  1. #11

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    St. Louis, Mo.
    Posts
    3,032

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Do not have your lens shutters CLA'd before you sell them. You will never recoup the costs.

    Recently CLA'd lenses do bring a little more money and then only if you include the paper work from the technician who CLA'd them as proof.

    I've sold a ton of large format and medium format lenses and cameras on eBay. I used to do this to make money to fund my hobby. I never had a shutter CLA'd before selling it. Even if it needed it badly. I'd just advertise it as it was. The reason is I had watched many CLA'd lenses sell and knew that they didn't bring that much more money. Unless you know a technician who can do the job for free or for little to nothing, I'd leave the shutters as they are.

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Blue Jay, CA
    Posts
    2,362

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    I'm with Alan on this. If they are working fine (and it sounds like they are) then sell them, advertised as working fine.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    175

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Quote Originally Posted by 8alonzo8 View Post
    so that any prospective buyer could have the same peace of mind about the gear as I do.

    .
    If you enjoy it, you could measure all the times on all the speeds in normal and cold conditions with an app. I see 1 second as the most important, measured with light or sound. The second thing to check is center resolution after stopping one stop down, and far corner resolution at f16, so customer know what is possible. Nikon list their circle of coverage at f16, and I was surprised to see my 210mm apo symmar being tack sharp in the middle at biggest aperture.

    Sent fra min SM-G975F via Tapatalk

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    11

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron (Netherlands) View Post
    Please note that having them cla'd before a sale, you'll probably rule out as potential buyers people who have expertise to service shutters themselves or want to have it done by their technician of choice.
    Ron, good point that I hadn't considered.

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    11

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    I will continue to look around and may just go the "as-is come by and test it" consignment route if I can't find any local professionals.

  6. #16
    Peter De Smidt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Fond du Lac, WI, USA
    Posts
    7,595

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO View Post
    You might contact Bob Watkins at Precision Camera Works (now in the Napa area) to find out if he does CLA and repairs on shutters and lenses. I think he does, and if so I'm sure you'd be satisfied with his work.
    Bob has moved to California, and I believe he is having some health issues. He's had one of my cameras for over a year, and I'm not optimistic about getting it back.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

  7. #17

    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    11

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Peter, thanks for that update. Losing your camera is a really unfortunate situation.

  8. #18

    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    11

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslolens View Post
    If you enjoy it, you could measure all the times on all the speeds in normal and cold conditions with an app. I see 1 second as the most important, measured with light or sound. The second thing to check is center resolution after stopping one stop down, and far corner resolution at f16, so customer know what is possible. Nikon list their circle of coverage at f16, and I was surprised to see my 210mm apo symmar being tack sharp in the middle at biggest aperture.

    Sent fra min SM-G975F via Tapatalk
    Hmm...ok. I am very interested in performing this type of test and simply didn't know there was a reliable app for such tests. Please let me know which app you recommend or your method for performing these measurements.

  9. #19
    Do or do not. There is no try.
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    874

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Quote Originally Posted by 8alonzo8 View Post
    Hmm...ok. I am very interested in performing this type of test and simply didn't know there was a reliable app for such tests. Please let me know which app you recommend or your method for performing these measurements.
    If you'd give some indication of your locale you might be able to find someone local who owns a shutter speed tester, like a Calumet or a Phochron XA. There are other, more professional, units out there but either of these will be accurate. Many phone apps are sound-based so are generally OK at lower speeds but not necessarily at higher ones. The Calumet has been out of production for years, the Phochron is available new, but purchasing either may not make sense if your goal is simply to sell some lenses.

  10. #20
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    15,391

    Re: Advice Needed - Should I ship my LF lenses to get them CLA'ed before selling them

    Some LF users here shoot without a 'good' OE mounted shutter

    There are many ways to a perfect exposure

    Some will want the lens and shutter unrepaired, untouched including uncleaned
    2022

Similar Threads

  1. Flash Advice Needed for "X-Sync" Lenses
    By rguinter in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 23-Dec-2010, 19:09
  2. advice on selling equipment
    By montresor in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2007, 16:53
  3. Advice on selling two mint Deardorff cameras?
    By Mara Kurtz in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 13-Dec-2004, 20:38
  4. Advice Needed on Appropriate Use of Polarizers with Wide Angle Lenses
    By Andre Noble in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Nov-2001, 16:08

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •