Visit MPB Visit MPB Visit MPB

A. M. Technical Services

Defragged
Posted 07/03/2019 - 12:25 Link
Several weeks ago encouraged by an Ebay discount on top of a sellers discount, I purchased an Auto Takumar 35mm F2.3, a lens I had coveted for some time. On receipt of the lens I discovered that sellers description (the seller by-the-way is a fairly well known photographic retailer on ebay who's name I shall refrain from mentioning here but with whom I'm never-the-less very disappointed)of it was found to be woefully lacking. Whilst It worked, it was barely useable as the body and mechanics of the lens were so loose with excessive play that it almost rattled. I should have returned it but instead I asked Alan Marlow at A.M. Technical Services if he would have a look at it. I sent it to him for an overhaul and I have to say that he has made such a sterling job of restoring it to tip-top working condition, I reckon it's now good for yet another fifty years or so of working life. What is more, the cost for his efforts were so very, very reasonable indeed.

So this is a very big public thank you and unabashed plug for Alan Marlow. If any of you have lenses vintage or otherwise who's working life you would prefer to extend rather than consign them to the trash can, then do consider A.M. Technical Services. It's worth noting though that he is winding down for retirement so don't procrastinate!
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
pschlute
Posted 07/03/2019 - 13:25 Link
He has serviced/repaired many lenses for me. Excellent service from Alan.
HarisF1
Posted 07/03/2019 - 15:44 Link
Do you guys think he can repair decentering of a fairly rare lens? I think it needs a complete CLA overhaul and it'll be fine.
All the gear with no idea
JAK
Posted 07/03/2019 - 16:34 Link
HarisF1 wrote:
Do you guys think he can repair decentering of a fairly rare lens? I think it needs a complete CLA overhaul and it'll be fine.

Probably best to ask him direct rather than rely on someone's complete guess to answer for him given you didn't even suggest which lens it is!
John K
geordie01
Posted 07/03/2019 - 17:26 Link
Done a few for me
Defragged
Posted 07/03/2019 - 17:27 Link
HarisF1 wrote:
Do you guys think he can repair decentering of a fairly rare lens? I think it needs a complete CLA overhaul and it'll be fine.

As JAK suggested, drop him a line and see what he has to say.

If for any reason Alan Marlow is unable to assist you, you can always try Thin Lizzy's guitarist Eddie Houston, aka the Lens Doctor:- https://www.thelensdoctor.co.uk

However, I have a notion that the latter, though equally talented may be considerably more expensive. It doesn't cost to enquire though. Good luck....
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
JAK
Posted 07/03/2019 - 17:44 Link
There's a repairer closer to you Haris at Newcastle-Under-Lyme: http://www.pjcrdirect.co.uk/
I purchased a lens that had been repaired by them from a dealer.
John K
Edited by JAK: 07/03/2019 - 17:45
HarisF1
Posted 07/03/2019 - 18:31 Link
Currently working on the lens myself to see whether I can re-align it to original spec. I've sent an email to Alan regarding it in any case. Generally when doing any work on lenses I consult DCShooter (Brian Gohacki, ex-PF user) but he's based in the US so I'd like to add a few local possibilities too.
All the gear with no idea
womble
Posted 07/03/2019 - 21:22 Link
Alan has done some super work on some of my lenses. Highly recommended.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Add Comment

To leave a comment - Log in to Pentax User or create a new account.