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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:49 am    Post subject: Lens Repair (Ebay User) 100% Feedback Reply with quote

If you have Russian or East German lenses that need to be cleaned/re-lubricated and ARE IN THE USA then I suggest you contact this gentleman who is on E-Bay (100% Feedback) ...

http://myworld.ebay.com/jenstarct

He did four lenses for me that came back focusing much better and with less effort needed- Jupiter, MIR, CZJ, etc.

Simply contact him and then he put's up an item on E-Bay which is actually a service item- you simply "Buy It Now" and then send him the lens.

Turn around is quick, great communication, great service.


PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prices?

Cheers,

Renato


PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RSalles wrote:
Prices?

Cheers,

Renato


My lenses were $30 dollars (US) plus shipping.

I have 4 lenses he did and it was $120 + shipping.

GREAT communication, sends photo's, even replaced a tiny screw which was no good.

BTW- I don't receive anything other than knowing some folks will enjoy their lens more after cleaning/relubrication.


PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great prices also, thanks for sharing.

Renato


PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip !

I've sent one today.....

I'll tell you more after it's all done


PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marc seems like a stand up guy. I have been emailing him back and forth. Will be sending out my planar 50mm 1.4 on monday and then followed up with my sonnar 135 2.8

Follow up.
Just got my 50mm planar 1.4 back.. He did an amazing job in cleaning the aperture and epoxying a plastic tab that was broken. He even put a new ball in and threw in a cap for free. I threw in a few extra bucks because I appreciated his dedication to these lenses and his prices are very reasonable.
Highly recommended in every way.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eddie3dfx wrote:
Highly recommended in every way.



I had bought an M42 Schneider-Kreuznach Tele-Xenar 3,5 /135 beat up and broken...
I tried to repair it... couldn't.... sent it to this guy Marc, a real pro !

He brought the lens back to life !

Like some others said: Dedicated, great communication back and forth, sends pictures, real quality work and real craftsmanship.

Can't say enough..... But Hey..... don't listen to me, see his eBay feedback....

I'm sending more....


And this Xenar is sharp !


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, I have the 4/135 Tele-Xenar and it is indeed very sharp, in fact, it's sharper than the CZJ Sonnar 4/135 imho.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The prices seem quite high to me. I could do a full CLA to J-8 or I-61 etc for 30 USD all day long Very Happy


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sent 5 more lenses today !

He can, by the way, work on numerous lenses.... not only those listed....

Just ask him....


PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sent him:

VOIGTLNDER COLOR-SKOPAREX 2,8/35
Rollei-HFT PLANAR 1,8/50
AUTO CHINON TOMIOKA 1.4/55
TAMRON SP 2,5/90 (52B)
VIVITAR 2X MACRO FOCUSING TELECONVERTER MC (PK)
(for sale/trade)

Although mostly in good shape, these lenses were either stiff, "gritty" or oily...

Two of those lenses he had never worked on... he made my Skoparex "manual" after
i coudn't use my usual method to make a lens manual when there is no A/M switch...

They all came back "as new" !

Fast turnaround, great communication, pictures and feedback all along the process
good packaging and most of all, reasonnable prices....

Real craftsmanship !



NOTE : I have cleaned and lubed many lenses myself.... some, more expensive lenses
i won't take any chances with, and Marc's services are well worth it in mho....


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for share and feedback!


PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those have been serviced by Marc recently:

Topcon RE Macro Auto-Topcor 3,5/58 , needed to be overhauled;
Topcon RE, Auto-Macro 2,8/28 , needed to be lubed and ajusted (for sale)
M42 Carl Zeiss Planar 1,8/50 , needed overhauling
M42 Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Lydith 3,5/30 , needed overhauling
M42 Auto Yashinon Tomioka 1,2/55 , needed overhauling;

They all came back looking good and working fine, some look and feel "as new" !

He's presently working on those, that i should get back soon...

zebra M42 A.Schacht Ulm Travenar 3,5/135 R , stuck apperture and light haze;
Minolta MD Zoom 3,5/35-70 Macro , fungus, CLA;
M42 EBC Fujinon-SW 3,5/28 , oily blades;
M42 EBC Fujinon 1,4/50 , needs overhauling;
M42 EBC Fujinon-T 2,8/100 ,
The Fujinons he'll service, make manual and grind off the tabs....

More on those when i get them back

But you already know how i feel about is craftsmanship...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Received these:

M42 EBC Fujinon 1,4/50 ;
M42 EBC Fujinon-T 2,8/100


They work fine and feel great !

They were both CLA'ed, made "manual" and the tab has been grinded off...


PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His price for H-40 CLA is ok, it cost almost the same in Ukraine


PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sent him some lenses and will be sending more after receiving the first batch back. So I can only speak to his responsiveness and prices at this point and both seem excellent to me. I'll report back after receiving the repaired lenses. If it makes any difference, these are what he is repairing/CLA:

Helioplan 4.5/40 (basket case)
Primotar 3.5/80 (haze and fungus)
Topcor 2.8/100 (infinity adjustment and general recovery from my attempt to fix)
Tair-11 (aperture problem)
Komura 3.5/200 (Haze and stiffness)


PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mir wrote:

zebra M42 A.Schacht Ulm Travenar 3,5/135 R , stuck apperture and light haze;
Minolta MD Zoom 3,5/35-70 Macro , fungus, CLA;
M42 EBC Fujinon-SW 3,5/28 , oily blades;


He also CLA'ed another Schneider-Kreuznach Tele-Xenar 3,5/135 that i had sent him...

They all came back clean and working fine !

He's now working on those two:
a black RE, AUTO TOPCOR 2,8/100 (A lot of fine dust on the inner surfaces. Aperture ring isn't working)
and a Minolta MD W-ROKKOR-SI 2.5/28 (Haze/dust/oil on the blades/yellowed element)

I do beleive i never sent him any junk .... but some lenses were in poor shape and he
managed to bring them all back to a perfectly working state, clean and smooth focusing...


PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mir wrote:


He's now working on those two:
a black RE, AUTO TOPCOR 2,8/100 (A lot of fine dust on the inner surfaces. Aperture ring isn't working)
and a Minolta MD W-ROKKOR-SI 2.5/28 (Haze/dust/oil on the blades/yellowed element)


Sorry for the delay...

He's done it again.... They came back fine !

All you Americans out there, shipping to Florida is not very expensive and having your lenses brought back to a "like new" state,
is well worth it....

Out of my 47 lenses (owned while writing these lines) 31 have been completely overhauled...
Marc has done 13 of them and worked on another half a dozen or so that i've sold....


PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mir,

Do you have any after/before pics to show us?

Cheers,

Renato


PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no....

But trust me.... i'm a bit crazy when it comes to clean lenses...
see what i mean here: http://forum.mflenses.com/attractive-lenses-please-share-t66771.html


I have this "after" picture....

http://forum.mflenses.com/topcon-re-auto-topcor-2-8-28-sold-t65241.html


PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a before picture, but will need to add the after. These were from the seller - and why I got it cheap. It was just as dirty inside.



PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anybody have direct contact info for this person (msg me)? I sent him an inquiry on ebay, which he answered, but only after several days had passed, and then we had several back and forths within a short span on one day as I was hoping to arrange to send him a batch of items to work on, but then in the middle of that conversation after I asked more or less, "ok sounds good, how to proceed?", he did not reply, and then after a couple of days sent him another message, no reply, and now it has been a week and still have heard nothing back.

Lack of communication makes me a bit wary, but he seems to do good work from what I hear. Maybe he is just very busy?


PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like i said, he's the best i've found - as worked on a great many lenses of mine -
and as been a very good communicator before, while work in progress, and after
the work is completed and the lenses are sent back.

He has also been curtious enough to respond to other information inquiry i sent him....

There has recently been health concerns in his family ....


PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of weeks back he mentioned something about visiting relatives.


PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmm...so maybe he is not even at home and just grabbing computer time here and there. I will wait some more, although if anyone has his direct email (or would forward mine to him as a way of introduction) that would be appreciated. (Again, just private msg me.)