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11-07-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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how does lens repair people get educated?

just wondering how people who repair lenses for a living learn this skill. is there online education courses?
sounds like it could be something good to know

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You generally receive training by the manufacturer, also having some background in something like optics, physics, or mechanical engineering wouldn't hurt!

Dunno about you, but I find online courses to be completely useless and non-motivating. It's either in-person or nothing for me!
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You generally receive training by the manufacturer, also having some background in something like optics, physics, or mechanical engineering wouldn't hurt!

Dunno about you, but I find online courses to be completely useless and non-motivating. It's either in-person or nothing for me!
thanks again, Adam
I doubt my Tool and Die background from years back will do me any good
sounds like someone has to get a bunch of broken lenses and take them apart to see how they function... and darn those screws take a long time to find when they drop on the floor

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Maybe you can get an aprenticeship with someone who already does this or get hired by a lens repair place. I think that would be hte best way, because anything else would require you study a lot of diagrams, buy a lot of tools, and work on a lot of lenses (many of which you will ruin)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Maybe you can get an aprenticeship with someone who already does this or get hired by a lens repair place
I have a handful of vintage lenses for CLA/Repair with a lens technician in Sydney who has links to a store that specialises in professional photography and gear. The four lenses have been checked out; two will be CLA'd but the other two have been determined as not worth doing .
I was then asked whether I was happy to let the apprentice operate at no charge as the technician is passing on his skills. YES to that as an apprentice under the tutelage of a very experienced repairer has to be a better deal than me opening up the lenses with less than optimum gear, eye sight and nil experience.
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