Where to get manual Nikkor lenses maintained
I recently purchased a nice 50mm 1.4 AI Nikkor at a camera swap meet for $100. It is in beautiful condition... looks brand new, and it makes beautiful images. Unfortunately the rotation of the focus ring is a bit stiff. I suspect the lens needs a clean and lube.
Looking online for repair of these old manual lenses has not yielded good results. Most places don't want to touch vintage lenses... or they want to charge $160 just to lube the focus ring.
Any recommendations for someone who can do this at a reasonable price?
#1. "RE: Where to get manual Nikkor lenses maintained" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Fri 22-Mar-13 10:48 AM
It cost me $150 to clean and lube my AI 180mm f2.8 a year ago. That seems to be the going rate. What I do now to avoid these high costs is to only buy from sources that allow no questions asked returns.
You should re-post in the Repair Shops forum for some better responses.
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#2. "RE: Where to get manual Nikkor lenses maintained" | In response to Reply # 0aolander Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Mon 25-Mar-13 01:21 PM | edited Mon 25-Mar-13 01:21 PM by aolander
Authorized Photo Service in Morton Grove, IL does a good job. It will still cost you over $100, probably $145-$150, but they will go through the whole lens, not just re-lube it.
#3. "RE: Where to get manual Nikkor lenses maintained" | In response to Reply # 2