Camera’s are high precision items.
Like any mechanical device, components wear and once they go out of tolerance problems start to occur. Sticking shutters, dirty release magnets, perished light seals and foams may play a role in you not getting the pictures you want or the camera was designed to deliver. In the past photography was let down by the processing. Camera and film manufacturers spent tens of millions of pounds designing the best cameras and lenses but the 30 minute processors really let the side down by producing very poor prints.
Today’s digital processing machines like the Fuji Frontier printers will really show your camera and your skills off when using traditional silver halide films for capturing the image because of the fantastic colour rendering of these machines.
Special info regarding the Contax RTS3:
The biggest issue with the Contax RTS3 currently is a faulty viewfinder display backlight or no power to the camera. This is due to a faulty DC/DC converter or power distribution board. There are no spares worldwide for this issue.
However, we are currently investigating a workaround with a specialist diagnostic company and if we can provide a solution we will but when this will be I’m afraid I cant tell you.
Please note that due to lack of spare parts/service data we no longer support the following cameras:
Contax 645, AX, G1, G2, TVS, T, T2, T3, Aria, N1
Beware of companies offering to repair Contax cameras including the T2 for large amounts of money 🙂
There are NO user/repairer servicable parts inside the T2 and there are NO spares available to repair flash issues, exposure or shutter issues or film advance issues.
Anyone can take a camera or lens apart, however it takes a skilled technician to rebuild it, calibrate it and guarantee it.
Charges and Options
I offer three levels of service: Minor, Intermediate and Major.
A minor service would be for a clean and general check of the cameras functions and checking shutter speeds and exposure meter accuracy, replacement of any missing screws externally and the cleaning of the mirror and screen. Additionally any light seals/degraded foams would be replaced if necessary. The service does NOT include any adjustments to exposure inaccuracy or shutter speeds and there is no warranty offered.
An intermediate service would include the repair of a shutter release issue not related to shutter bounce or curtain tensions, film advance issue, checking exposures and shutter speeds, cleaning of optical path, cleaning of body, a Kyoritsu test to ensure calibration and a 6 month warranty on the work undertaken.
A Major service would include replacing items such as shutter units with damaged blades, film transport system parts, covers, checking and adjusting shutter curtain tensions, set up of exposure systems, cleaning optical path, cleaning of body, a Kyoritsu test to ensure calibration and a 12 month warranty on the work undertaken. Cost of spare parts required such as shutter units in the case of damaged blades etc, electronic circuits, motors,and magnets where used would be quoted at the time and no work would be undertaken without prior approval.
All repairs undertaken using original factory service manuals and techniques.
Postage is by Royal Mail Special Delivery and would be charged based on weight but usually around £10.00 for a next working day before 1pm insured service.
If you decide to send us your equipemnt for repair it is assumed you have read, fully understand and accept in full our terms and conditions of accepting your equipment for repair.
Contax RTS 3, 167MT, ST, S2, 159MM, 139Q, RX/2
Nikon FM, FE, FA, FE2, FM2/n, FM2, F3, F5
Major: £ Estimate Only
Contax T2 – Shutter/Exposure/Film Advance and focus adjustments are no longer possible due to the lack of specialist tools required. There are NO user servicable parts inside a T2 and ALL adjustments are made by hexadecimal conversions. An absolute nightmare even when the special tools were available! Furthermore, flash repairs are no longer possible on this unit.
Minor £ Estimate Only
Intermediate: £ Estimate Only
Major: £ Estimate Only