Mamiya 645 Super. Fix it or chuck it?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Daniel Lawton, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Daniel Lawton

    Daniel Lawton Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    Multi Format
    Anyone know the going rate to repair a stuck shutter on a Mamiya 645 Super. Apparently these things are the red-headed stepchild that Mamiya would like to forget about. On mine, the shutter cocks and makes a sound like it has been tripped but it doesn't open. The mirror also gets stuck in the open position on occasion. The camera was labeled in excellent condition when I bought it from KEH but of course none of this happened until the return period had expired. I already ordered a 645 Pro to replace it, but I'd like to repair the Super and use it as a backup if it is cost effective in the age of dirt cheap film bodies. Mamiya wants over $200 to fix a body, which is somewhat ridiculous given the market price for a used replacement. Any other places I might send it to?

    P.S. Supposedy there is a certain range of 645 Super serial numbers which are even more trouble-prone than most. Any idea of what they are?
  2. paul ron

    paul ron Subscriber

    Jan 22, 2004
    Medium Format
    If you are chucking it anyway....

    I repair RBs and Bronica ETRS but never worked on Mamiya 645s. If you have nothing to loose, I'd be willing to check it out in the name of science.

    e-mail me if you are interested and we can discuss it further.

    Paul Ron, NYC