Hello, I am Mark Hansen, and you are at Classic Camera Repair.
I am a specialist in repairing non-SLR, pre-1960 German cameras, like the Rolleiflex, or Contax IIa/IIIa, and screw mount Leica cameras. I can also do work on many obscure and rare cameras with leaf shutters. Unlike many camera repair shops, I will repair cheap consumer cameras, and keep economics in mind while restoring function to your camera. Keeping this in mind, why would you spend fifty dollars on a Holga, when you can have that Brownie fixed, at Classic Camera? Remember, I love all old cameras, but the weirder the better!
Mark Hansen’s Classic Camera Repair
This image was taken with Ricohflex Holiday. This camera has an 8.0cm f:3.5 Riken Anastigmat, and a two leaf shutter that has only 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, and B speeds. The entire range of Ricohflex cameras are way undervaluted in the current market, and are pretty cheep to fix. Get one now, git it fixed and start having fun with a fine, and somewhat Quirky, vintage camera.
Zeiss Ikon: All Ikoflex Cameras, except the Favorit; all Ikonta, All Super Ikonta; all other Zeiss Folding cameras; Contax IIa, IIIa; All View, Field and compact 127 film cameras
Folding CamerasFrom Agfa to Voigtlander to Wirgin, to Zeiss
Kodak Retina are a speciality of mine.
Range Finder Cameras With Screw Mount Lenses:Including Leica SM, Nikon, Canon. Sorry no M mount service.
View cameras: All shutters including Betax, Compound, Copal, Compur, Kodak, Prontor, Seikosha, and wollensak, and many more, no matter how old.
Speed Graphic, Crown Graphic
Bush Pressman, Linhoff, Plaubel
Lens CementingAsk me for a quote first...
Cameras I do not work on:Rolleiflex 3.5F1, Yashica products, Ikoflex Favorit, Most SLRs, such as Nikon F, Pentax K-1000, Minolta, and Canon. Fixed lens 35mm range finder cameras made in Japan! Such as the Anscoset, Minolta A-5, Olympus, Ricoh-500...Also, I do not work on slide projectors.
I am more than happy to replace your old worn leather with new leather, billed at 30 dollars per hour. However, do to some very long time delays in getting replacement leather, you must provide the replacement set to me. I also will not procure accessories for your camera, but I will be happy to tell you (if I know) what accessories go with your camera.
Film Transport CLA
I can service any transport, and I am a specialist in Rollei Film transports; regarless of age, and I have parts for virtually all. Email me for a quote.
Focus CLA, and Adjustment
Along with every shutter CLA, I verify the correct focus adjustment, and coordination of taking and viewing lenses. I can also remove the entire mechanism for a complete CLA.
Mirror Cleaning or Replacement
As part of every shutter CLA I clean the focus glass and mirror. Mirror replacement is offered at a $20 charge.
Please be informed: I do not sell parts outside of a repair I am
Performing. Stop acking me to sell parts! It is exactly the same
Amount of time and effort to ship a 5 dollars part as a 500 dollar repair, and what if I need the 5 dollar part to complete a 500
dollars repair... I am a repair service not a parts house.
CLA,is to clean lubricate and adjust. This is the bread and butter of camera repairs. I clean with Coleman fuel (white gas) in a high power ultrasonic cleaner.
I lubricate using high quality modern lubricants, Oil, Grease, and MoS2 dry lubricant. I adjust the old fashioned way; bend tweak, file, punch and stake. This service can be done to any camera system, such as: The film transport, focus, shutter, or even the film back latch. To do this I completely dissasemble the camera system in question, This may take longer, but it insures that every moving part is clean and lubricated, ready for the next 50 years of use.
Mirror Replacement, The old mirror is replaced with a brand new mirror, which is of the same thickness and fits like new. This will greatly improve brightness of the focus screen.
Bright Screens,I remove your old focus glass and install a new Fresnel type bright screen, which you provide. This will improve the edge brightness but will also reduce the sharpness of the screen. See my blog post abou this.
Not a CLA--A Rebuild, It bears mention that some cameras are in such a state of neglect, that they require a complete dissasembly, cleaning, and lubricating, along with replacing any worn parts. you may CLA a particualar system, but this is really what would be called a rebuild. Camera sent in this condition, and requiring a complete rebuild will be warranted based on condition. Personally I call cameras that need this much work parts, but you the customer, make the final call and what you would like done.
Here is What Several Customers are Saying:
From the Rolleiusers Group on Yahoo:
A couple of months ago I queried the group regarding a resource for a long long overdue CLA for my Rolleicord III which I bought very used about 25 years ago and which was getting stiff to adjust and whose viewfinder was getting too dark to see through. I sifted through the suggestions and chose Mark Hansen's Classic Camera Repair. He gave me an honest estimate, and honest TIME estimate (6-8 weeks) and I sent him the camera. It came back at the price range he quoted, in 7 weeks, and it is clean and once again USABLE. The viewfinder is bright, the shutter speeds adjust smoothly as does the f-stop. He provided a four page report on what was done and the test results for the shutter speeds. I am very satisfied and would recommend him. His website is ZeissIkonRolleiRepair.com. The camera is now loaded with HP5 and I have a roll of Ektar 100 and Fomapan 100 in reserve for the long weekend.
IB of Colorado says:
"Mark has done some excellent work for me! One of my cameras, the Kodak Retina IIIc, was in such poor shape, and seemed so much beyond repair that I hesitated to attempt any repairs on it. I contemplated turning it into a non-functioning conversation piece for the mantelpiece, or junking it altogether. Nevertheless, I sent it to Mark for his opinion, and he said he could restore it to working condition for a fee which I thought was reasonable. I agreed to have him do it, and yesterday the restored camera arrived. I was simply astounded at the way the camera now functions! There is not even a remote resemblance to the totally non-functional junker I sent him just a couple of weeks ago! The film advance is now better than on a new Retina IIIc (should there be one in existence), the shutter speeds are superbly accurate (well within the manufacturer's recommended tolerances), and after Mark's collimating and adjusting the infinity focus and the rangefinder, the Xenon lens, which is now sparklingly clean, resolves at the 120 line pairs per mm range! I will probably not sell this camera for a while, and use it for a few years. I am confident that it will function properly way past the time when I will need to sell it, or pass it on to one of my heirs. Mark's workmanship is simply the best, and I won't hesitate to recommend him to anyone!' "
This camera had been worked on by an amateur. This so-called repair person had slathered grease right on over dirt, and old dried grease--They skipped the C, did the L, and did not know how to do the A. I just don't know how these people call themselves professionals.
Here is What D.R. is saying about my services:
"Mark's the rarest of camera technicians; he totally respects his customers, never looks down upon their ignorance of what really happens inside those magical boxes, is never high and mighty. He's totally enthusiastic about the cameras he works on (a wide range, from inexpensive Ricohflexes to the most expensive Rolleiflexes), has a lot of inside and down-to-earth knowledge about the various strengths and weaknesses of each model, and has always been willing to share his opinions. When I sent a camera to him that I tried to repair myself but flubbed, he didn't snicker or say "you should have left it to the experts", he actually explained what I did wrong (and made it right). At the same time, he helped me through a fairly complex repair of my beloved Flexaret VII through some extensive email instructions.That made him no money but helped me restore a personal treasure--he did totally gain my admiration, respect and appreciation. I'd trust Mark with any camera repair within his repertoire, but most of all I'd trust him to be fair, up front, thorough and thoroughly decent."
I have had many customers that have attemped to do there own repairs and got into the repair, and were then overwelmed. I have no problem helping people with these repair problems, and will happily take a look at the camera, if needed.