I have completed my move to Stevens Point Wisconsin, and am set up and running, in my new home. As there is not a local camera shop, I am now allowing people in the Central Wisconsin area to meet me at my home. In Portland I did not do this, but the crime rate here in Central Wisconsin is much lower than Portland, and the people are nicer, so it's not a problem. Just send me an email and I will make an appointment, with you.
Hi. I am Mark Hansen,
and I have been repairing vintage cameras since 1996; first as a hobby and then as a business. I started doing my own camera repairs, so I could enjoy using my camera collection. At the time I was having my cameras repaired by Bill Crispien of Custom Camera Craft, but this was not only costly but time consuming. So I decided that if I could rebuild the engine in my car, a camera should be no problem…Well, I started with some very simple folding cameras, and TLR’s and found that I needed lots of help. With Bill’s help and advice, I was able to master simple leaf shutters like the Klio, and Derval, and I soon had mastered Compur, Compur Rapid, and moved on to Syncho-Compurs, Pronotor, and Prontor S, SV, and SVS. All the while, I was collecting all of the cameras I repaired. As this collection began to become overwhelming, I decided to offer my cameras up for sale to students and amateur photographers, at very fair prices. Now, I am known for selling fully functional eighty dollar medium format cameras and doing quality repairs on all sorts of rare and obscure cameras.
My collection has now shifted to 127 roll film cameras and some funky old TLR’s. I mostly shoot with my Rolleiflex 3.5E1, my many Baby Rolleis or when I am feeling energetic, my 4x5 field camera. Most of my photography now centers on nighttime black and white, Rock Bands, or daytime color slides, in industrial areas, or around bridges, or with my model airplane club. Unfortunately, you will not find any of my nighttime pictures here, as they do not reproduce well in the digital format.
One thing that has always been the same for me throughout the years though: I am enthusiastic about vintage cameras, and about using them; I am just as enthusiastic about other people using them too. So no matter how old, how weird, or what it sells for, I will help you use that old camera.
Know Who Works on Your Camera...
In the last few months I have gotten four cameras previously worked on by one of my competitors. This competitor advertises he is factory trained and has decades of experience, and uses only factory equipment to work on your camera. Well, the customers in question were very unhappy and had sent their cameras back several times and they got them back just the same, and with the same problems. So, they sent them to me...We discussed what was wrong, and they had invoices from this shop saying they had had those issues repaired. I could not figure out what was going on, this competitor had been doing fair to midlin work, now it was all Bupkis! I contacted the competitor, and he said he had never worked on the cameras in question and that my customers were liars. Well they all had the same invoices forms and with the same type face and paper and serial number within 35 of each other, so I think the competitor was actually lying. One customer pressed the issue with the competitor and found out that he/she had not actually worked on the camera, it had been his/her grandson. The competitor no longer did work, it was all done by her/his son and his grandson! The competitor, volunteered she/he, answered email and did work on the Website... I did some research, and found that the Competitor who was factory trained was actually a Junior, the son was the III, and the grandson was IV. So they were working some sort of semantics scheme where they say: I am Blankity M. Blank Jr., and I am factory trained, and I work on your camera. When in fact it is Blankity M. Blank III, or IV that does the work, while we pretend to be Blankity M. Blank Jr. This is fraud!
Know when you send your camera to me, it is worked on by Mark L. Hansen, not my son, or grandson, or some flunky. I do all the work, I stand behind the work I do, and when you contact me, you get me, not some office assistant.
Mark Hansen, his Cameras, and Repairs
Zeiss Super Ikonta C, from my Collection. Yes I service Super Ikonta cameras.
The film advance for a Pilot TLR, prior to being CLA'd. No camera is too weird or unusual for me to work on it.
Here I am! Is there any question why I am behind the camera. The cameras are: Super Ricohflex, Pilot TLR, Ikoflex I, Contax IIa, Rolleiflex 3.5E1, and Leica IIIF.
"So--what are you going to do with all those camears?"
Wanted Ricohflex Gear Focus Cameras! Ikoflex Model Ia, Ib, Ic, and IIa