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    where to get copal shutters repaired?

    Hi All,
    I've been diving into LF work recently and have picked up several second hand lenses and cameras. One of the cameras came with several lenses in copal shutters one of which seems to not function at speeds slower than 1/125. I'm wondering where to send it for service? If there is anything local to San Francisco bay area that would be preferred. Any ideas? I'm fairly handy so if this is a common problem with an easy fix, maybe I can do it myself?

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    Eric

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    SK Grimes comes to mind, but I think they're on the east coast.

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    SKGrimes list Copal shutters as being in stock. Copal Shutters SKGrimes

    They do good work. If you can't find something closer, you could call and ask them for a time estimate. I've waited pretty long for custom parts from them, but shutters might be a fast job.

    If you're simply going to replace the shutter yourself, Grimes sells a lens wrench (spanner) as well.

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    SK Grimes tends to be pricey, makes most sense for projects that involve custom fabrication where their specialized capabilities are really needed. Near LA, Flutot's is often recommended, though she's often backlogged. Steve's Camera Repair in Culver City can likely do Copals as well. Precision Camera Works near Chicago also comes to mind.

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    Thanks to all for the information.
    I have used SK Grimes in the past and they've done high quality work and really considering that the prices were not too bad. But I recall it taking months to get things done. I will contact some of the suggestions and post back to the thread how it goes.

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    These guys are in Chandler, AZ. and they service Copal shutters

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    Phone: 480-940-1103
    Camera Repair by CRIS Camera Services: Digital Camera Repair: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    ICT camera fixed a Seiko 0 shutter and a Copal 0 for me a few years back. Manfried does great work.

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    He prefers Compur shutters since they can be adjusted to tighter tolerances (his words, not mine) but he's fixed loads of my gear. ZM lens, compur shutter, rollei, etc.

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    Re: where to get copal shutters repaired?

    SK Grimes just fixed my Copal 3 shutter for $130. Took ~2-3 weeks. It suffered ocean water damage and the B.T weren't working.

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