what to do with my voightlander RF

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

  1. pellicle

    pellicle Member

    May 25, 2006
    4x5 Format

    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 ...


    suggestions welcome

  2. Ian Grant

    Ian Grant Subscriber
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    Aug 2, 2004
    West Midland
    Multi Format
    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 ?

  3. nemo999

    nemo999 Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    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.
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