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Leica Screw mount Camera Servicing

Most common faults can be rectified by having your camera serviced. What we do is more akin to a full overhaul. Dismantle to clean and service and re-lubricate shutter rollers and drum, slow speed escapement, film transport mechanism. Calibrate shutter speeds to standard (see note below). Clean and service self-timer if fitted. Check/adjust flash sync (Leitz sync only). Clean viewfinder and rangefinder optics. Calibrate rangefinder. New beamsplitter if required (included). Service parts included. If shutter blinds are required please add £35 per blind. Vulcanite replacement please add £48. Red shutter blinds - please ask for details. 12 Month transferable warranty. Please note: pre-Leica IIIc cameras were often adjusted at the factory by selection of suitable components and springs that were filed and shaped in order to set shutter speeds etc. Later camera were equipped with adjustment points that allowed shutter slit adjustments to be carried out more easily. This means that over the years, parts wear and getting accurate shutter speeds, or at least the levels of accuracy expected on modern cameras may not be possible, whereas later cameras can usually be adjusted within the specified accuracy recommended by Leitz. Please bear this in mind when considering servicing your camera, or even if choosing a screw mount camera to buy. The Leica IIIf, especially later models are hard to beat!

Leica M1 - M4 Servicing

Most common faults can be rectified by having your camera serviced. Dismantle to clean and service and re-lubricate shutter rollers and drum, slow speed escapement, film transport mechanism. Calibrate shutter speeds to standard. Clean and service self-timer. Check/adjust flash sync. Clean viewfinder and rangefinder optics. Calibrate rangefinder at infinity and close focus. Check and calibrate frame lines. Service parts included. If the viewfinder is blacked out/prism separation, please add £80 to rebuild the prism. If in the unlikely event shutter blinds are required please add £65 per blind. Vulcanite replacement please add £48. Non-rangefinder versions - please deduct £20. If the only work required is a prism rebuild/re-silvering etc, we can do that for £125. NEW! Free to Air brightline mask upgrade for Leica M2. Increases brightness, clarity and contrast of secondary image. Add £89 to the service price. Upgrade to Nikon titanium shutter blinds (Service currently unavailable).  Upgrade to Schneider Kreuznach AR windows with harder-than-glass hydrophobic/fingerprint nano-technology resistant coating add £60. 12 Month transferable warranty.

Leica M5 Servicing

We regret that we are no longer offering repairs and servicing on the Leica M5

LEICA M6/M7/MP SERVICING

Most common faults can be rectified by having your camera serviced. Dismantle to clean and service and re-lubricate shutter rollers and drum, slow speed escapement, film transport mechanism. Calibrate shutter speeds to standard. Clean and service self-timer. Check/adjust flash sync. Clean viewfinder and rangefinder optics. Calibrate rangefinder at distance and ten feet. Check and calibrate frame lines. Check/repair light meter (subject to parts availability), calibrate lightmeter for silver oxide batteries. Service parts included. If the viewfinder is blacked out/prism separation, please add £90 to rebuild the prism. If in the unlikely event shutter blinds are required please add £75 per blind. Vulcanite replacement please add £48. 12 Month transferable warranty.

LEICA CL SERVICING

We regret that we are no longer offering repairs and servicing on the Leica CL

Lens Servicing

Most issues can be addressed with a lens with our servicing. The lens is disassembled in order to remove and clean optical surfaces and the aperture assembly. The helicoid is re-greased with helicoid lubricant. Moving parts such as the aperture ring and click stops are appropriately cleaned and lubricated. The lens is reassembled and checked for collimation. This includes full frame photographic tests on the lens after service/repair.  Fungus & mould will be cleaned from optical surfaces. In some cases some trace etching may still be visible on the glass surface and may not unduly affect images. We can in some circumstances lap and polish lens elements. Goggled lenses are properly collimated ensuring correct vertical and horizontal alignment. You will be kept informed about the progress of your lens throughout the process. 

 

Leica Screw Mount Cameras REPAINT

Leica IIIc - IIIg (earlier cameras contact us for an estimate). You have a choice of whether you wish the camera to be fully painted or parts left chrome etc. It is important to tell us your requirements by either printing out a Repair Order (here) and adding your instructions.  If you don't have access to a printer, just make sure you enclose a note with the camera, telling us your contact details and instructions. Additionally, if you like, you can also email us with specific examples of what you require.

Please note: The paint on your camera will be hard when you receive it but not fully cured. This process will go on for weeks and months before fully hard. Please handle with reasonable care for a few weeks. Cameras finished in a DuraCoat product will have reached 90% maximum hardness by the time you receive it.

HAND FINISHING & BRASSING

We are able to carry out work to flatten and polish the paint and to apply brassing if required. Any brassed areas are treated to encourage oxidisation. The polishing process, like the brassing is something that will naturally happen over a long period of time. With our assistance we can speed-up that process and the finishes we can achieve can range from no brassing, subtle brassing or perhaps something more. The cost of final hand finishing if required, is an additional £50 per camera. We very strongly encourage customers to have the camera fully serviced at the same time as the repaint. Not only will it look good but will be returned in 100% full working order.

 

Re-painting your camera involves a lot of work. Please click here to find out more about the re-paint process. Please note for screw mount cameras prior to the IIIc - please contact us for pricing. Due to the construction of the camera and the large amount of work involved in stripping and repainting, such a job is considered a full restoration.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT WORKLOAD, WE CAN ACCEPT NO FURTHER REPAINT JOBS UNTIL THE 2ND QUARTER OF 2019. NORMAL SERVICING WORK UNAFFECTED.

Leica M Mount Cameras REPAINT

Whether you choose the Classic Gloss Enamel or DuraCoat, the price is the same. You have a choice of whether you wish the camera to be fully painted or parts left chrome etc. It is important to tell us your requirements by either printing out a booking form and adding your instructions.  If you don't have access to a printer, just make sure you enclose a note with the camera, telling us your contact details and instructions. Additionally, if you like, you can also email us with specific examples of what you require.

Please note: The paint on your camera will be hard when you receive it but not fully cured. This process will go on for weeks and months before fully hard. Please handle with reasonable care for a few weeks. Cameras finished in a DuraCoat product will have reached 90% maximum hardness by the time you receive it.

HAND FINISHING & BRASSING

We are able to carry out work to flatten and polish the paint and to apply brassing if required. Any brassed areas are treated to encourage oxidisation. The polishing process, like the brassing is something that will naturally happen over a long period of time. With our assistance we can speed-up that process and the finishes we can achieve can range from no brassing, subtle brassing or perhaps something more. The cost of final hand finishing if required, is an additional £50 per camera. We very strongly encourage customers to have the camera fully serviced at the same time as the repaint. Not only will it look good but will be returned in 100% full working order.

 

Re-painting your camera involves a lot of work. Please click here to find out more about the re-paint process. These repaint charges come into effect for cameras received and booked-in on or after 2nd August 2018 and do not affect cameras already booked into our system.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT WORKLOAD, WE CAN ACCEPT NO FURTHER REPAINT JOBS UNTIL THE 2ND QUARTER OF 2019. NORMAL SERVICING WORK UNAFFECTED.

Lens REPAINTS

For a variety of reasons, occasionally some lenses are impossible to fully dismantle in order to prepare for paint. If this proves to be the case, the lens is returned free of charge. The lens is stripped and prepared and painted with HK DuraCoat. Infill as per standard black lenses unless otherwise advised. Please note Goggled lenses £300.

 

Because the repaint process involves removing optical components, a full service/test is included in the cost.

Our DuraCoat process leads to a finish that is virtually indistinguishable from a factory painted lens. We can also do traditional enamel too and different options for engravings at no extra charge.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT WORKLOAD, WE CAN ACCEPT NO FURTHER REPAINT JOBS UNTIL THE 2ND QUARTER OF 2019. NORMAL SERVICING WORK UNAFFECTED.