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    Question I need a new person to service large format lenses

    My camera repairman, Henry Paine of Stockton, California, is retiring. I am mainly interested in someone to clean and adjust large format lenses, older and recent. Does anyone know someone they recommend highly?

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    Re: I need a new Camera Repair person

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Kennedy View Post
    My camera repairman, Henry Paine of Stockton, California, is retiring. I am mainly interested in someone to clean and adjust large format lenses, older and recent. Does anyone know someone they recommend highly?

    Dereniger in Kansas City did a good job for me.

    https://www.mapquest.com/us/missouri...pair-279558870


    Kent in SD
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    Re: I need a new Camera Repair person

    CRIS Camera Repair in Chandler, AZ has done a very good job on Copal shutters I have sent them.

    They do all communication through email. Here is their website:

    https://www.criscam.com/repairs

    Regards,

    Miguel

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Hello Gene,

    Carol Flutot gets good reviews. May be a bit of a wait.

    (scroll down to #3)

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...Shutter-Repair

    Sorry to hear that Henry has closed shop.

    Best,
    Merg

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Carol Flutot has done great work on every lens I've sent her.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Carol has never had one of my lenses, BUT - she has done a great job on several of my SHUTTERS.

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Kennedy View Post
    My camera repairman, Henry Paine of Stockton, California, is retiring. I am mainly interested in someone to clean and adjust large format lenses, older and recent. Does anyone know someone they recommend highly?
    I too will be missing Henry. I could send him a shutter via UPS from my local Staples store and he'd get it the next day; always had good turn-around time too. Worked on both my rim-set and dial-set Compurs (and I was about to send him a Copal when I heard back from him that he was having to close.) Also fixed a Hasselblad back.

    I will probably switch to Bob Watkins/Precision Camera Works: https://www.precisioncameraworks.com he's not much further away from me than Henry.

    I should add that Bob did a CLA on one of my Compurs and i was happy with the work. Not sure why I sent it to him instead of Henry, maybe something told me I should look in to alternatives just-in-case.

    As Dan Fromm astutely observed recently on another forum, people who can do this sort of work "don't seem to be reproducing."

    David
    Last edited by David Lindquist; 28-Mar-2021 at 13:21. Reason: additional information

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Bob Watkins has had my Fuji GSW690III for over a year and a half. He apparently refuses to send it back, and he won't answer email. An associate occasionally answers emails, but nothing he's promised has come true. Judging by the comments on Bob's Facebook page, I'm not the only one who can't get his/her camera back. I'm very close to calling Bob's local police department.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: I need a new person to service large format lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Bob Watkins has had my Fuji GSW690III for over a year and a half. He apparently refuses to send it back, and he won't answer email. An associate occasionally answers emails, but nothing he's promised has come true. Judging by the comments on Bob's Facebook page, I'm not the only one who can't get his/her camera back. I'm very close to calling Bob's local police department.
    Hmmm, maybe I'll re-think this...

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