So how much does it cost to....

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by john_collier|5, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. (This was also posted on the Leica-Users but I know many of
    you do not lurk there.)

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    I am once again simply delighted with Kindermann Canada and
    their wonderful repair staff. Gerry Smith is a Leica repair god! I
    thought I would post what I had repaired and for what price to
    help those who are always asking the above question.

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    My just purchased dirt cheap SL2 (someone had dropped it in a
    river or lake!) had a wonky meter, stiff back release, murky
    viewfinder and that horrible split rangefinder focusing screen.
    Gerry took it completely apart to clean out the creek residue,
    CLAed it and found an original SL2 micro-prism screen (SL
    screens do not have the proper set up to show the apertures).
    Labour $260CAN ($165US), minor parts $18CAN ($11.50US)
    and a used screen at $125CAN ($80US) for a total of $403CAN
    ($257US). Turn around time was fairly long as he had to search
    for a screen.

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    My used 35/1.4 Asph developed a stiff spot in the focus ring at
    about the one meter mark. Probably after I whacked it against
    something. Gerry opened it up to get rid of the high spot on the
    focusing helicals and collimated the repaired lens. Total cost (all
    labour) was $138CAN ($88US) with a turn around time of under
    a week.

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    I am very happy, nay, delighted with the work and the low cost
    (Do not forget the creek!).

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    PS: I paid $250US for the SL2 which means for $500US I have a
    CLAed SL2 with a great screen. As a point of reference a new
    screen for a SL2 goes for $250US when you can find them.

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    Cheers,
     

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