what to do with my voightlander RF

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by pellicle, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. pellicle

    pellicle Member

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    Folks

    I've got a Bessa RF which I bought about 6 or so months ago from certo6, its now giving my trouble in cold weather. When its below -5C the shutter takes 30 or so seconds to do 1 second and sometimes it needs help too.

    Certo has offered to have me send it back (I wrote to him today) but thinking about a few issues makes me wonder if its worth all the hassle. I've spent some time sorting the camera out structurally and now its quite a workable proposition (well in warm weather anyway).

    The key problem is that I live in Finland. Here it will cost my a bit to post it to him, and worse I have to take it to customs to get a form filled out to allow it back into the country without getting shafted for tax (this is also calculated on the cost of postage!).

    I am also concerned that Certo may not have lubricant which is suitable to the climate here (making it a waste of everyone's time).

    So my options are to not bother with this and sell it to warmer climes (which leaves me without a nice compact folding camera) or spend some hundred euro on getting it overhauled by someone in Helsinki (and perhaps still have the problem).

    Maybe I should sell it and get the Fuji ...

    sigh

    suggestions welcome


    thanks
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    I'm definitely in warmer climes :D It's not dropped below zero during the winter this year & springs well in progress here

    How much ar you wanting to sell it for ?

    Ian
     
  3. nemo999

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    You must know better than me, but is there really not one single camera repairman in Finland who can do a simple CLA on a leaf shutter? This should not cost more than €100, your problem is certainly due to excessively viscous lubricant and is totally fixable. All repairmen will have low-temp lubricant, they of course need to be told that customers want this.