Essex for Rolleiflex CLA (& Medalist 120 Conversion)

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by robert_marvin, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. My Rolleiflex f2.8 E seems to need a CLA(starting today, the
    shutter sometimes doesn't fire) This is not surprising since I last
    had it CLAed in 1965 (by Honeywell, the US distributor at the
    time). All things being equal, I'd prefer to bring the camera in for
    repairs in person.

    Since I live in Brooklyn, NY this rules out the highly regarded
    repairers in California. Does anyone have experience with Essex
    Camera Services in Carlstadt, NJ? I have an another reason for
    wanting to try Essex--I'd eventually like to get my Medalist II
    converted to 120 and they're one of the two places I've been able
    to find that does this (the other, Ken Ruth, is also in California). I
    value my Rollei even more highly than the Medalist, but having
    parts of the body ground away for the 620 to 120 conversion is
    irrevocable, so I'd sort of like to try Essex for something less
    drastic first.
  2. Sounds like you have already decided to use Essex. Do a lookup in the neighbor to neighbor section and search on them for more info.
  3. Robert,

    Marflex Service Corporation, 39 US Hwy 46, PO Box 633, Pine Brook, NJ 07058 201 808 9626 is pretty much the standard for Rollei service on the east coast.
  4. Why rule out California? I live in Manhattan, but since Professional Camera Repair closed, I send almost all my repair and customization work out, particularly if I'm not in a rush, and this way I get to use the best technician for the job. Large format goes to Steve Grimes in Rhode Island, my Bronicas go to Frank Marshman in Virginia, and I'm still contemplating where I'll send my Canon manual focus gear, since that was what I generally relied on Professional for.

    The Medalist is a great camera. If I wanted a 120 conversion, I'd send it to the guy who has probably done more than a hundred of them, and that's Ken Ruth.
  5. How about rerolling 120 film onto 620 spools? Easy to do and preserves the camera.
  6. Re: reloading 120 film onto 620 spools, I've been doing that for
    years and it IS easy, but eventually my Medalist II will need a CLA
    and I'd like to have it converted then
  7. I don't know if you had it done yet, but you may want to call a
    small camera shop in Elmwood Park, NJ (Rt 4) called Krimar
    Photo Shop. The owner, an elderly man, actually works for the
    Rollei Corporate office in Pine Brook, NJ as their service
    technician. He probably knows more about Rollei cameras than
    anyone and his prices are reasonable.

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