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Angenieux 35-70mm Repair
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:55 pm    Post subject: Angenieux 35-70mm Repair Reply with quote

Hi All

…and a very happy holiday season!

I wonder if I can impose on you for a lens repairperson recommendation. I find myself with a copy of the Angenieux 35-70 zoom (Leica R mount) whose aperture is stuck at f22. The lens is seemingly in decent shape otherwise. If it were stuck wide open, I would just use it that way, but I can't do much with a full-time f22 lens.

I've heard the urban legends about this lens – how its polycarbonate construction makes it fearfully difficult (borderline impossible) to repair. But as with most urban legends, I don't know how much truth there is in the tale.

I have a local fellow who's excellent for the routine stuff, but this is above his pay grade. I've also used one of the top-tier U.S. lens people for a few selected projects. He would be willing to tackle the Angenieux, but he hasn't worked on that model before, and he made a point of saying that he couldn't guarantee success. Another consideration: his fee would be equal to roughly half the lens's retail value. That's a lot to spend when there's no assurance of a positive outcome.

So I'm hoping someone can suggest a technician who has some familiarity with this lens (or with Angenieux lenses of that era generally). I would even be satisfied to find out that the problem is incurable – at least that way I wouldn't be investing heavily in a hopeless undertaking.

I'm located in the USA, but I would gladly send the lens anywhere for service.

Thanks very much for your help!



PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those lenses can last pretty long if you take good care of them. My copy in Nikon mount works flawless before and after I sold it to my friend.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Calvin,

Thanks for the reply! Did you have any thoughts on a possible repair resource for this lens?



PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea. I am not lived in the US.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you have solved that problem. I also learnt that the polycarbonate material are easy to crack when the technicians try to open the lens, causing you note some of these lens having cracks on its barrel.