Leica Camera Repairs and Servicing

Workbench

We specialise in the servicing, repair and customisation of 35mm film Leica rangefinder cameras and also certain rangefinder work on M9/M10. Currently, we don't support the SLR range of cameras (although we do support 'R' lenses). Also, we do not currently support the M5 or the Leica CL or Leica compact cameras such as the Minilux.

 

What we offer is referred to as 'servicing'. We never use the term 'clean, lubricate and adjust' (CLA), instead in-depth 'servicing' as specified in the various Leica service manuals. In reality, it is more akin to a complete overhaul of the camera. We take great care to ensure all shutter speeds and other functions, including the rangefinder are working correctly and within tolerance.

We are very well equipped with specialist tools and a wide range of test equipment to ensure your camera is maintained correctly. We also have a small engineering workshop and other specialist facilities such as laser cutting, engraving and vacuum coating.

 
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We also offer specialist rangefinder work. In the past, blacked-out rangefinders or problems with the brightline mask could result in far from satisfactory repairs. Prisms would be glued back together without replacing the beamsplitter.

 

Faulty brightline masks would have to be left as they were because parts have not been available since the 1990's. We quickly rectified this situation by remanufacturing brightline masks and solved the prism problem by investing in technology that allows us to apply thin film materials, such as beamsplitters by vacuum deposition. We are also committed to remanufacture other obsolete parts which will allow us to offer repairs well into the future.

 

We also offer thorough lens servicing. Where possible we use First Contact polymer in order to clean optics in order to reduce the possibility of coating damage and we can, under certain circumstances fix things such as balsam separation, fungus and if time permits, we can attend to lens resurfacing and optical coatings - although there is a limited availability for such work.

Our experience and flexibility allows us to carry out certain camera modifications. For example, we can upgrade your 'M' with Nikon F2 titanium shutter curtains. We can obscure unwanted rangefinder framelines, fit M6 anti-flare kits, retro advance levers etc on M4/M6. We were the first to offer AR coated windows on M2-M4 cameras, with sapphire coming soon. We were the first to provide special black 'M' lens mounts.

Our prototype M3T - titanium shutter

We have a Rapid Load kit for M2/M3 and much more. If you have any ideas, we'll be happy to discuss them with you. Just use our enquiry form.

Disclaimer: Due to the delicate nature of optical work and the fact that lenses, prisms and other optical components can be under stress, there is always a small chance that things can go wrong, so all work is subject to out standard terms and conditions.

How it works...

We generally don't do estimates. We prefer to work on a fixed-price system. See our price list. Obviously, for anything unusual, we will do an estimate.

Send your equipment to us. Enclose our Booking Form or a letter is fine (don't forget to enclose your full contact details including email address etc).

Send the package to us. We recommend Royal Mail Special Delivery. insured to the appropriate amount (up to £2,500 per package).

 

Soon after we receive the items, we will book it onto our repair management system. You will receive an email with your repair ticket number.

When we start work, your job will be set to 'In progress'. When complete, you will receive a notification to that effect.

We will then send you a Paypal invoice. You do not need a Paypal account. Please make sure your address is correct or up to date.

After Payment, we will return your items by Special Delivery, using the address provided by Paypal. If you need the items to be sent to a different address, either update Paypal before paying the invoice or phone us.