Where to have Nikon FE overhauled?

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  1. BradS

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    My rapair guys seem to have closed up shop - retired I imagine. The old german in the back room looked ancient last time I was in for routine maintenance....


    Anyway, I have a Nikon FE that needs an overhaul. Normally, I'd send it down to Pro Camera in Thousand Oaks but, last time I sent them some work they took nearly three months...kinda irritated me.

    So, does any body have any suggestions / recommendations?
     
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    Not the closest to you, but I would recommend Pete Smith of Fotocamera Repair in Florida (nikonsmith(at)aol.com).
     
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    I actually had KEH overhaul my F3. They did a great job and fairly quickly with good communication.
     
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    In Southern California you might try Kurt's (they're in the San Diego area). They offer a one year warranty on their repairs and I've had good service, so far. As a matter of fact, my own FE was just serviced there (needed a winder repair). Prices are pretty reasonable too.

    http://www.kurtscamerarepair.com/
     
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    I ended up looking in the local Yellow pages and was reminded of Apollo Camera Repair up in Oakland...great guy. Haven't been in there in long a while. I guess I kinda forgot about them...well that and driving to/from/in Oakland is no my favorite thing. They used to have a shop down in Sunnyvale which was quite a bit more conveneint. Anyway, droped my FE off on the way to work...it'll be ready by Friday! :smile: :smile: :smile: !!!
     
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    Nikon doesn't make parts for the FE anymore... that might be a reason it takes so long. I'd sure make some phone calls first to see if the repair shop has any parts in stock.
     
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    You may want to try www.garryscamera.com. The FE is not listed on his website, but I had him cla a FM2, which is not listed either.
     
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    I would second KEH. I have had great results with them and because they deal in sure a high volume of used gear they have the parts.
     
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    unfortunately, my personal experience with KEH has been less than satisfactory. I will no longer do business with them.
     
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    Brad,

    Screw the repair and just purchase a brand new F6 :smile:
     
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    Another good word for KEH. I've had them work on several of my cameras and been very satisfied with the results. www.keh.com
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Allen at Apollo camera repair in Oakland took good care of my old FE. He set me up with a new eye piece too.

    Made a trip to Keeble and Shuchat yesterday to pick up a years' supply of darkroom chems and scored a nice, used focusing screen too. Now, the old FE is "good to go!" for another few years.
     
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    Essex Camera Service in Carlstadt, NJ recently overhauled an FE for me. Now it's perfect.
     
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    I had my FE2 serviced at http://www.authorizedphoto.com/ a couple years ago and they did a great job. They are "formerly the Nikon USA midwest service facility".