Richard Ilomaki , Nov 29, 2002; 08:05 a.m.
That is not outrageous today. I had an old FM cleaned, lubed and adjusted for 188 Cdn last month, almost more than the camera cost new, and there were no lenses involved.
Considereing it takes the best part of an hour to dissambe a lens, clean it, save all the parts, and know how they go back together again, it is not out of line with what doctors charge for a flu shot or a consultation for a simple prescription, and certainly less than you would pay a plumber for a day's work.
After you will have a well-functioning camera for another 30 years. Guess what a competant Leica job would cost?!?! I was quoted 350 US to clean a bit of haze off a Leica lens, AFTER I paid to ship it to Germany from Singapore.