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cameraworks price list

This price list is applies to all jobs received on or after December 15th 2019.

 

For jobs received before this date, including work that by agreement has been booked in advance, previous prices will apply. Since re-opening our Leica service business, our prices have largely remained at the original introductory level. Our aim is to improve turnaround time, efficiency and communications. We are unable to sustain our current operation and the continued development of obsolete spare parts at the current pricing levels. That said, our prices are still extremely competitive and our service and attention to detail we believe is second-to-none.

Leica Screw mount Camera Servicing

When you send a Screw Mount Leica to us for a service, the camera always gets fully dismantled. We remove the top plate and shell as well as the baffles in order to remove debris from the shutter area. The shutter drum, rollers and guides and all bearing points are cleaned before lubrication, in order to ensure the shutter works as smoothly as possible. Later cameras are equipped with adjusters for setting the 'slit' width of the shutter. Early cameras, if out of tolerance may need the shutter curtains to be repositioned and this may be due to poor fitment of replacement curtains in the past or shrinkage of the curtain material. Once the slit is accurate, we re-tension the curtains to ensure correct velocity. The slow speed escapement and self timer escapement are removed, ultrasonically cleaned and the bearing points are carefully lubricated. Slow speeds are adjusted as required. Flash synchronisation where fitted is checked and adjusted. The entire film transport system is serviced and the rangefinder is dismantled in order to clean the optical components. The rangefinder is fitted with a gold beamsplitter which we find offers the best rangefinder performance, after which it is carefully calibrated. Many faults are rectified during a service and as such, we don't charge extra to repair faults on your camera. Service parts are included in the price and the only things we charge extra for are things such as shutter blinds, major or missing parts or components and cases where the camera is in particularly poor condition or suffered damage, we may charge a modest amount to cover for extra labour - although this isn't a common situation.

Screw Mount Leica Full Service -                           £185.00

Non rangefinder models -                                      £165.00

Replacement shutter curtain if required (each) -  £  35.00

Reskin Aki-Asahi if required-                                   £ 65.00 (we will always attempt to save/re-attach/repair vulcanite during a service)

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Leica M2 / M3 / M4 / M4-2 / M4-P / M6 / M7 / MP Servicing

Much more than what is generally known as a 'CLA', our camera 'Full Service' typically starts by us completely dismantling your camera: We don't charge extra for specific repairs if we can resolve the fault during a service. The top and bottom plates are removed, along with the baffle, where we can get access to the shutter and transport mechanism. The baffle light sealing strips are removed and re-glued and the baffle painted if necessary. Blinds and tapes are inspected. The drum, rollers and guides are cleaned before fresh lubricants are applied. All transport gears and bearing points are cleaned and lubricated.

 

The advance block is cleaned and lubricated, at the same time checking and adjusting if necessary gear timings and checking frame counter operation. The slow speed escapement is removed and ultrasonically cleaned along with the self-timer if fitted. The bearing points are correctly lubricated before re-fitting. The shutter curtains are re-tensioned and blind velocities are calibrated. The shutter blind slit width is then calibrated for intermediate speeds up to 1/500th and the 1/1000th speed is calibrated separately. This is carried out using a Copal Kyoritsu shutter tester that measures shutter speed and blind speeds at three points. The rangefinder unit, which will already have been removed is checked, all optical components are checked and cleaned. The brightline mask is removed for inspection and cleaned. Making sure the correct light baffle components are fitted, the rangefinder unit is attached to the camera chassis and the frameline selector mechanism is checked and adjusted. If the rangefinder is in poor condition or the viewfinder has blacked-out, the rangefinder unit may require a rebuild - see below.

 

The shutter is further adjusted if needed and flash sync delay and functionality is tested. Before reassembly, the viewfinder and rangefinder windows are cleaned and the camera reassembled. Finally, the rangefinder vertical and horizontal alignment is carefully calibrated on a jig using a calibrated lens, whereby both infinity and more importantly close focus at one metre from the film plane is calibrated to a high degree of accuracy. General service parts are included in the service price but major items, missing parts, broken components and faulty shutter blinds may be required. If this leads to a significant increase in cost, we would contact you before proceeding. If you send us a 'junker' camera that is clearly in very bad or damaged condition, we still aim to fix the camera during a service but in some cases, we may need to make an additional charge for labour if we have to spend significant extra time fixing it, although we try to avoid adding unnecessary costs wherever possible. We will make spot repairs to vulcanite if it is in otherwise sound condition. Where vulcanite is in poor condition, we would advise that it is replaced with an Aki-Asahi skin. Before dispatch, your camera undergoes a further set of tests to ensure everything is working correctly. Work is guaranteed for 12 months.

Our service prices include common servicing spares but occasionally we encounter faults that are outside the scope of servicing, requiring major repair work or major spare parts. This also includes requests to replace missing or damaged levers or other components. In such cases, subject to parts availability, we will fit those parts and add them to the final invoice. Should we feel that parts requirements will add a significant additional cost, we will contact you before carrying out further work. In most cases we rectify various faults during a service at no additional cost. Subject to parts availability.

Leica M2, M3, M4, M4-2, M4-P Full Service:     £262.50

M6/M6TTL Full Service:                                      £315.00

M7/MP                                                                  £325.00

Replacement shutter curtain:                             £ 60.00 per curtain

Reskin Aki-Asahi #4008 pattern:                         £ 65.00

Schneider AR coated windows:                         £ 85.00 cameras with recessed windows only, not M6 type.

Free to Air Brightline Mask:                               £116.00 M2 and M3 only

M Series film camera rangefinder calibration only:    £85.00 Expedited service available.

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RANGEFINDER / TELEMETER REBUILD SERVICE

If your camera is undergoing a service, the rangefinder will be removed, cleaned and adjusted as outlined in the rangefinder adjustments section below and usually restores the rangefinder to full working order. If the viewfinder has blacked-out or there are balsam faults or other major rangefinder issues, it may require a full rebuild. This is a complex and time consuming operation.

In the past, a blacked-out viewfinder would pose a big problem because spare parts haven't been available for many years. The answer would be to find a donor camera, an expensive option because even a scrap 'junker' camera may sell for in excess of £400 and who knows the condition of the rangefinder in such a camera? Another option would be to replace the entire rangefinder with an MP unit. Again, this is an expensive option, costing several hundreds of pounds. We recognised the need to be able to restore original rangefinders. The main issue is that black-out occurs when the two halves of the main prism split apart. Usually by this time, the beamsplitter - a layer of semi-reflective silver on one of the prism faces has been exposed to air and will be damaged. We have invested in vacuum coating technology which allows us to re-apply exactly the right amount of silver onto the prism face before re-cementing, using modern UV cure optical resin. Before the beamsplitter is re-applied, all of the prism components are dismantled, cleaned and optical surfaces are polished on a lapping machine. An M3 prism typically consists of five cemented components. Two prism halves, a plano-concave lens and an achromatic doublet (cemented onto the main prism on early cameras), which also has to be cleaned and separated. Once the two halves of the prism have been reassembled, the plano-concave lens is carefully aligned and cemented to the prism, followed by the achromatic pair that have also been re-cemented. The achromat is then aligned and cemented onto the prism completing the assembly. After this, the prism unit is painted, then using a jig, it is carefully aligned into the rangefinder housing before being permanently epoxied into position. Other optical components may also be removed and re-cemented if required, including the delta prism, the achromatic pair if mounted on a carrier, the roof prism or pentaprism depending on the rangefinder variant and auxiliary lens, the telescope assembly.

RANGEFINDER ADJUSTMENTS CARRIED OUT: After rebuild, the rangefinder/telemeter is placed on a jig for calibration. The M3 rangefinder requires that the roof prism tilt is checked and adjusted. Telescope focus is checked and adjusted. Maladjustment is apparent if you have noticed that the RF patch shifts laterally or 'jumps about' excessively, relative to the VF image, as the eye is moved around the eyepiece. Vertical alignment is checked/adjusted. Adjusting the rangefinder to focus on infinity alone means the job is only half done. It is quite likely that focus error will increase as the subject gets closer to the camera. We carefully adjust close focus accuracy using a calibrated lens, followed by infinity focus iteratively until the rangefinder is accurate at all distances. We will remove and clean the brightline mask. Parallax is adjusted as well as the correct function of the frameline selector mechanism.

Cost of a full rangefinder rebuild while the camera is booked-in for a service, OR where the rangefinder assembly has been removed from the camera and sent to us for repair (rangefinder assembly must be complete with no parts missing): £155.00

Cost of a rangefinder rebuild where no other work on the camera is requested :  £210.00

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Leica M5 Servicing

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

LEICA M5 and CL SERVICING

We regret that for the time being, we are no longer offering repairs and servicing on the Leica CL or M5

VULCANITE REPLACEMENT - RESKIN

Vulcanite is a vulcanised rubber covering that by action of sunlight breaks down and degrades over the years. In certain cases, providing the vulcanite is in otherwise good condition, we will repair small damaged areas but in many cases the vulcanite needs to be replaced. Not only does the deterioration result in acidic residues but losses near the top or bottom plate can result in light leaks. The material we currently use is a synthetic material with a similar pattern to vulcanite (#4008 pattern). It is a Japanese product, supplied by Aki-Asahi and is of the highest quality. More luxurious leather skins are currently not available because of variations in cut accuracy from other suppliers and until this has been resolved, skins other than Aki-Asahi will not be used. It is possible to replace your own vulcanite but you really should remove the self-timer and preview lever components and you may not have the tools to do this. Also, the old vulcanite needs to be removed and on 'M' cameras, heat needs to be used to soften the old material to hasten removal. Prior to fitting the new skin, the shell needs to be throughly cleaned and degreased. Because of the slight dimensional differences in between the top plate and bottom plate, we sometimes have to trim the skin slightly to prevent ripples appearing. On M4/M6 cameras, we sometimes have to adjust top plate position by removing the rewind knob and accessing the adjuster under the top plate. The cost of a reskin while the camera is being serviced is shown above. If you wish to send in a camera for a full reskin - body and film door, the cost will be:

Reskin only. Aki-Asahi #4008 or Aki skin of your choice. Screwmount and 'M' cameras: £85.00

Reskin while your camera is being serviced: £65.00

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Lens Servicing

Lenses are dismantled and throughly cleaned. Lens elements are removed and cleaned where dust and particularly haze are present. Fungus is removed and components sterilised but in certain cases the fungus may have etched into the glass causing permanent damage. In certain cases, older soft AR coatings may have deteriorated and become contaminated and we may take the decision to clean and polish that particular lens element if we feel performance will be improved. Aperture blades are cleaned and the aperture ring is cleaned and lightly greased. The helicoids are cleaned and re-greased but in certain cases where the helicoids are binding or where there are 'flat' spots, regrinding of the helicoids may be necessary. In such cases an extra labour charge applies. In general, most faults on a lens will be rectified simply by having the lens serviced without extra cost.

LENS REPAIRS

For more serious faults or damage, servicing the lens may not be sufficient to resolve the problem because spare parts may be required. Many such spares are no longer available. Replacement parts may include good, tested salvaged or refurbished parts and in certain circumstances re-manufactured parts. These are subject to availability. The total cost of such a repair will be the service price for that lens plus the cost of spare parts.

Leica screw mount lens service price                          £122.50

Leica 'M' mount lens service price,

includes all common lenses of the pre-aspheric

variety.                                                                             £139.50

Leica 'M' aspheric lenses                                               £155.00

We can service most common 'R' series lenses           £139.50

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PLASTIC FOCUS TAB REPLACEMENT

High quality solid metal lens tab designed to replace the old hollow plastic part used on 50mm Summicron v4 and the Summilux 35mm II pre-asph. Available in black or silver to match your lens and are secured to the lens by means of an internal screw and two locating tabs and epoxied for additional security.

The Summilux version is available in the original style OR with a slope in the concave part of the tab and grooves, designed to mimic current integrated tabs and the old f2.8/35mm Summaron. Just tell us 'original' or 'slope' / 'new style', when ordering.

If fitted to the lens at the same time as a service, where the lens has already been dismantled             £ 80.00

Tab replacement only - lens not being serviced - 50mm Summicron or 35mm Summilux                        £124.00

28mm Elmarit v3 metal tab, black or silver, fitted while the lens is being serviced                                     £125.00

Tab replacement only - lens not being serviced                                                                                             £155.00

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Leica Screw Mount Cameras REPAINT

Leica IIIc - IIIg (earlier cameras contact us for an estimate). 

 

The most popular finish on screw-mount cameras is the black gloss enamel. It looks great and being a synthetic enamel, will brass readily over time. We can copy some of the early military colours but there are a lot of variation and we recommend that you do your research and use something like a RAL or BS colour chart to specify exactly what colour you require. We will then get a batch of paint mixed to that specification. It is also possible to specify Cerakote. This is an extremely hard wearing ceramic finish and is available in a full range of colours.

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 patina. 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. Everything is done by hand and each camera is different. Cameras are always fully disassembled. We never mask areas. Think of this as a bare metal respray of a classic car. Chrome and nickel plating is removed and small parts are all individually spray painted. Please click here to find out more about the re-paint process.

Leica IIIc - IIIf repaint                  £550.00

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Leica M Mount Cameras REPAINT

We can finish your Leica M in a number of ways. Perhaps you are looking to re-create the original black paint look or maybe you are looking for a more contemporary look? Maybe a toned down matt or stealth finish for street photography? If you want to keep things historically correct, very early M3's were painted in a gloss enamel. It looked good but wasn't as hard wearing as the paint used on the early screw mount cameras and there were many complaints. A new harder wearing formulation was eventually adopted. It was a semi-gloss or 'satin sheen' paint that was used on later M3's and all M2 and later cameras. There are some original M2's that look like they were painted in the earlier gloss finish. While this is possible, the most likely explanation is that the surface of a semi-gloss finish, after years of handling will become polished. When we dismantle such cameras, we often see traces of the original semi-gloss finish underneath dials etc. Some early M3's were factory upgraded to the new paint by replacing the parts.

If you want that 'gloss' look, we use a rather old fashioned synthetic enamel similar to the early M3 formulation. It gets harder over time and develops a beautiful lustre but will readily brass. It isn't a hard wearing finish compared to modern paints.

We can replicate the later semi-gloss finish using Cerakote, which is a hard wearing ceramic finish. We can also provide a number of contemporary finishes including titanium and a variety of other colours and textures.

The inside of the bottom plate will be painted in a matt black or wrinkle finish as required. The bars either side of the film door will normally be repainted. Normally on M3 and M2 cameras, the bottom plate catch is left chrome unless you tell us otherwise. M4 onwards are normally painted the body colour.

HAND FINISHING & BRASSING

If you wish, 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 patination. 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 £75 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.

 

Repainting your camera involves a great deal of work. Everything is done by hand, each camera is different and it is quite a painstaking process. Chrome and nickel are removed. All components and glazing are removed. Even screws are individually sandblasted and painted. Normally, we repaint the film door and this requires that the vulcanite panel is removed so that we can dismantle the ISO dial. If the strap lugs are to be repainted, we need to remove all vulcanite and reskin. Please click here to find out more about the re-paint process. We don't offer hammer finish at this time. 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.

We strongly recommend that we fully service your camera at the same time. Time after time, we discover issues on a camera that has been 'CLA'd' by third parties.

M camera full repaint any finish           £650.00 M5 currently not supported.

Reskin #4008 pattern                             £ 60.00

Optional AR glass windows                  £ 85.00 

Optional hand finish/brassing              £ 75.00

M2-M4-P Full Service/Overhaul           £262.50 

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Lens REPAINTS

For the time being, due to work pressures, we are not offering lens repaint services.