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05-15-2018, 12:47 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Advance Camera Repairs - A Job Well Done!

I just received my AsahiFlex IIa serial number 55930 after its repair by Advance. Looks really good! The shutter sounds correct, everything works smoothly. The camera looks like new, except for some scuffs on base plate from tripod attachment. The work involved complete disassembly, cleaning, lubrication, calibration, and rebuilding the wind and transport systems, plus custom cutting a new mirror. While the work wasn't cheap, at least Adance either had the needed parts, or could fabricate them. Given that the IIa was introduced in February 1955 I'm glad that it could be repaired.

Now to find the 83 mm f 1.9 Takumar and the 35 mm f 2.8 Tower from my Father's kit. He used his IIa along with extension tubes and bellows for much macro and near macro work, calculating exposure compensation with a slide rule.

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Impressive. Will you post a photo?
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Is the Advance Camera in Portland, Oregon?
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Is the Advance Camera in Portland, Oregon?
That is the one!

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I've had quite a few Pentax film cameras brought back to life by them.
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Is the Advance Camera in Portland, Oregon?
I know these folks very well and they have a deservedly favorable reputation. Here is thier address and phone.

Advance Camera: 8124 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, Oregon 97225.

Phone is: 503-292-6996. I will be there sometime this Friday or Saturday. Hope this helps.

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I know these folks very well and they have a deservedly favorable reputation.
Thanks, I've been there several times. One of the few places that like to talk Pentax if you stop by. Nice folks, always helpful.
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I'm lucky to have them locally. They've fixed or CLA'ed 2 MX's, an ME Super, a Ricoh XR-7, Canon A-1, Nikon FG-20, Yashica A, and maybe a couple others I'm forgetting. They're working on a Mamiya leaf shutter lens right now.

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they've mended three of my lenses so far - brought them back to life so they can keep performing...

Advance is highly recommended!
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