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Lens cleaning in Vancouver, BC?

Alexander Nichols , Oct 14, 2005; 04:03 p.m.

Can anyone recommend a tech for lens cleaning in Vancouver? I know of Kindermann but would like to do it locally. Brighouse (now Vancam) polished the lens mount of my SLR and supposedly calibrated the meter but made little difference, if any, except to my wallet.


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Braden Barclay , Oct 14, 2005; 07:25 p.m.

I've heard word of a fine man named Horst. I don't have any contact details to offer, but I'm sure if you ask around town you'll find his number. He apparently specializes in Hasselblad and Lecia.

Ben Johnson , Oct 14, 2005; 07:43 p.m.

Horst: (604) 263-5820

He's done great work for me. Cleaned up a Serenar 50/1.8 that was opaque and is now 99% crystal clear.

Eric ~ , Oct 14, 2005; 08:08 p.m.

Same here, great man, great bsmt workshop with all the cool machines you'd expect.

Jim Bennet , Oct 14, 2005; 08:18 p.m.

Isn't there an Iranian cab driver/fish dealer/Leica tech in Vancouver?

Jerry Lehrer , Oct 15, 2005; 12:45 a.m.

Alex-- Isn't Horse the guy in Vancouver that could never fix Frank's Leica CL? Frank always complained about the "dork bars" on his pictures. They were really dark bands, indicating a shutter problem.

Tom Johnston , Oct 15, 2005; 12:59 a.m.

gary cullen does excellent lens work. sorry i don't have contact info. at the moment.

Larry Anon , Oct 15, 2005; 01:52 a.m.

I think Horst used to own Van-Cam. I asked him to check the focus on my Bessa R and 75/2.5. When I stopped by to drop off my camera, he checked it immediately for no charge at all. He even showed me how the collimator worked and let me see for myself that the focus was working.


Alexander Nichols , Oct 15, 2005; 02:44 a.m.

Thank you all who took the time to respond. Keep 'em coming!

Jerry - I'm familiar with Frank's past and present posts but haven't dealt with Horst. FWIW, we have no way of telling whether Frank's CL story (or anything else he writes, for that matter) is true, short of talking to Horst himself.

Tom - there is a photo.net member with the same name but his only two messages were posted in 1998. Is he the guy?

Miles S. , Oct 15, 2005; 01:21 p.m.

In Vancouver Horst Wenzel comes highly recommended. (Contact info above.)

I like Kindermann (Gerry is just great) but shipping across the country takes time. IMHO, it is worth it.

I had a Summicron 40 repaired by Camtex (http://camtexgroup.com/home.html).

Not much help to a Leica user but for completness I leave this thought with you. There are a few ex-Pentax camera tech's in Vancouver, since Pentax closed its Vancouver shop. Alan Tai comes to mind but there are others.

Finally, re Vancam, in May of 1998, I received the worst customer service every at Vancam. I was in the store because they had a Rollei 35 for sale. On the phone I was told to come in a take a look. The two men behind the counter could not agree on a price for me, and pushed it into the stratosphere. I was not longer interested in the Rollei.

I enquired after an incident lightmeter in the display case. Was it for sale? "Yes", one of them replied. "Can I see it and how much is it?" "I don't know," the man replied. I asked few more questions. He never declared a price. He ended our exchange with, "well are you going to buy it? Otherwise, get out. I have cameras to repair." I pointed out that he had told me it was for sale but had not told me the price, making a decision difficult. I then told him I would have been interested in the lightmeter, but "get out" kind of killed the shopping experience.

I have made scores of recomendations about camera repairs in Vancouver, and never recomended Vancam, or warned it can come with surely and indiferent service. It is possible they could of improved by now.

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