Good repair shop for "vintage" Pentax in Puget Sound region?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Baby Strange, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Baby Strange

    Baby Strange Guest

    Hello--

    I have an aged (and much-beloved) Pentax Spotmatic with shutter
    problems; when I take photos half of the frame remains unexposed.

    I live in Bellingham, Washington--about 80 miles north of Seattle/50
    miles south of Vancouver, BC. I also drive down to Portland on a
    regular basis.

    Any glowing recommendations for a repair shop in the region
    (preferably on my side of the border)?

    I already have the feeling I'm going to pay through the nose to get it
    fixed. But of all the cameras I've owned over the years it's still my
    favorite, and I'm not quite ready to give it up...

    Thanks for any help!
    --Melissa.
     
    Baby Strange, Nov 15, 2003
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  2. Baby Strange

    Leicaddict Guest

    Why not contact Pentax directly, in Boulder, Colo, I think. I know that
    within the last five years or so, Pentax was still doing repairs to vintage
    cameras. Also I'd check around on the net for Pentax User Group's and see if
    they know people specializing in Pentax repairs they'd recommend. I know
    Photo.Net has a Pentax group that may be a good source for information.
    Also, it may just be cheaper to buy another sample, so check e-bay and
    online camera shops. Type Pentax Spotmatic into the search feature for
    google, and see what that comes up with. Good Luck!
     
    Leicaddict, Nov 15, 2003
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  3. : Why not contact Pentax directly, in Boulder, Colo, I think. I know that
    : within the last five years or so, Pentax was still doing repairs to vintage
    : cameras. Also I'd check around on the net for Pentax User Group's and see if
    : they know people specializing in Pentax repairs they'd recommend. I know
    : Photo.Net has a Pentax group that may be a good source for information.
    : Also, it may just be cheaper to buy another sample, so check e-bay and
    : online camera shops. Type Pentax Spotmatic into the search feature for
    : google, and see what that comes up with. Good Luck!

    : --
    : THE REAL LEICADDICT
    : "The Gonzo God of SnapShots"


    If you go to the Pentax web site, there's a page on what cameras they
    will no longer repair. All screw-mount cameras are in that category,
    along with the first-generation K-mount cameras and some of the later
    cameras (M series and some A series). The official claim is that they
    no longer have the parts necessary to make repairs.

    Warren B. Hapke


    : :> Hello--
    :>
    :> I have an aged (and much-beloved) Pentax Spotmatic with shutter
    :> problems; when I take photos half of the frame remains unexposed.
    :>
    :> I live in Bellingham, Washington--about 80 miles north of Seattle/50
    :> miles south of Vancouver, BC. I also drive down to Portland on a
    :> regular basis.
    :>
    :> Any glowing recommendations for a repair shop in the region
    :> (preferably on my side of the border)?
    :>
    :> I already have the feeling I'm going to pay through the nose to get it
    :> fixed. But of all the cameras I've owned over the years it's still my
    :> favorite, and I'm not quite ready to give it up...
    :>
    :> Thanks for any help!
    :> --Melissa.
     
    Warren B. Hapke, Nov 15, 2003
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  4. Many repair shops have parts around.
    It's whether they have experience on Spotmatic bodies.
    (Whether or not Pentax has parts is immaterial as many shops keep
    extras on hand for future use.)
    http://www.pdml.net would be a good place to ask as well.

    Collin
     
    Collin Brendemuehl, Nov 15, 2003
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  5. Baby Strange

    ChrisPlatt Guest

    Contact Eric Hendrickson
     
    ChrisPlatt, Nov 15, 2003
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  6. Baby Strange

    Jeremy Guest

    Pentax told me that they were no longer repairing Spotmatics a long time
    ago--it must've been 10 years ago.

    I don't know what happened to all the spare parts when Honeywell
    Photographic and Asahi Optical severed their relationship circa 1975, when
    Asahi abandoned the screw mount (Spotmatic-F and ES-II were the last screw
    mount bodies offered by Honeywell) and went with the KX and K2, both of
    which were K-mount models.

    As far as I know, camera repairmen are simply buying up "parts cameras" and
    cannibalizing them. I have bought a couple myself--in case I ever need to
    have one of my 5 bodies repaired.

    I've had my Spotmatics for almost 3 decades, and they shoot (and look)
    almost as good as they day they came out of their boxes. I swab them down
    lightly with STP Son-Of-A-Gun, sold at any auto parts store, and the leather
    and metal exterior parts look great.

    They're wonderful cameras, and those SMC Takumars were wonderful lenses.
    It'll be sad when they finally become hard-to-find.
     
    Jeremy, Nov 15, 2003
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  7. Mine has a dragging shutter, creating overexposure in half the frame.
    Sounds like one of your shutter curtains may be stuck. I presume you've
    watched the shutter work; when the shutter is set, the curtain on the left
    side of the camera covers the frame. When you operate the shutter, that
    left curtain retracts, exposing the film. At the end of the exposure, the
    right curtain extends, covering the frame. When you advance the film, the
    shutter is reset, so that the left curtain extends, covering the frame, and
    the right curtain retracts.

    Without film, set the shutter on bulb, open the back and press the shutter.
    I suspect you'll find that one of the curtains is not uncovering the frame.
    Either way, I suspect this will be an expensive fix unless you can free the
    curtain with the lightest of manipulation with a finger. If you can, then
    wind (reset) and fire again. If it works, you're good to go (for how long,
    dunno). If not.....
    I'm on the north shore of the Olympic peninsula, so am also interested in
    what sort of repair facilities might be in the area.
    I think I'd ask at some of the camera shops where they send theirs for
    repair. The most often mentioned repair shop might be worth looking into.
    I'm about ready to start buying bodies myself. They're to be had for less
    than $100US these days, sometimes much less. If you've got some nice
    glass, you might do well to get another body or two. As for the one in
    question, download the repair manual and try it yourself. If the body is
    non-op and too expensive to fix, you won't be losing anything if you make a
    hash of it.

    Bill Tallman
     
    William D. Tallman, Nov 15, 2003
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  8. I have heard good things about Camera Techs in the University district in
    Seattle.
    http://www.cameratechs.com/

    Not sure on the Pentax thing, but give them a call.

    Aram
     
    Aram Langhans, Nov 17, 2003
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