Film Camera Repairs
Most makes and models
We service and repair most models of film camera. From full rebuilds to annual CLA's (Clean, Lube and Adjust), you can trust your vintage gear to us. If you need shutter or focus adjustments, curtain tension adjustments or rangefinder tuning we do those too. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about your vintage film cameras.
Although some film cameras are not economical to repair, many are still worth it. And although film photography isn't mainstream anymore, its very much alive. Light seal replacements, mirror box coating and CLA's come through the shop on a regular basis.
We have a library of hundreds of service manuals, some with notes written on napkins from some of the greatest camera craftsman still around. If we haven't serviced it before, we will make sure we equipped to or help find you someone who can.
Film Lens Repairs & Cleaning
Many vintage and manual lenses are still worth fixing. We have extensive experience and all the tools to clean and repair most popular older lenses.
We also stock over 150 parts lenses, 200 parts camera and thousands of new antique repair parts. So there a good chance we have the parts or can find them.
2 ways to get your gear in
In Person: Stop by our shop at #205-135 Robin Cr in Saskatoon, Sk during business hours and we will take good care of you.
By Mail: Many of our customers are not in the Saskatoon area or even in Saskatchewan. We accept repairs from Regina, Moose Jaw and anywhere in Canada. Simply click on the contact page and let us know that you are sending gear in. You can pay your diagnostic fee, and later the repair bill, by Email E-Transfer, Credit Card, Google Pay, Android Pay, Apple Pay or Paypal. Once the camera and lenses are received, we will let you know and start working on them.
Gear can be mailed to:
Paramount Camera Repair
#205-135 Robin Cr
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Please refer to our packing tips here: How to ship your gear
Does not include GST and PST
Camera Diagnostics - $40 Due at Dropoff
Camera Repairs - $90/hr (minimum 1/2hr charge)
Camera Calibrations/Adjustments - $90/hr
Light Seal Replacement - $60 - $120 (parts and labor)
CLA (Clean, Lube, Adjust) - $140 (SLRs)
CLA (Clean, Lube, Adjust) - $180 (TLR's and Medium Format)
Average Film Camera Repair - $80-240 + parts
Average Vintage Camera Repair - $120-280 + parts
Some repairs will be less or more than the above but this is an average cost
Repairs in days not weeks
With shipping your gear off to manufacturers often taking weeks or even months to get cleaned and repaired, we strive for the fastest turn around possible. Many repairs can be completed in a day or 2 and the wait time is often only a few days for diagnostics. For out of town customers we can provide same day service if you book in advance.
The Repair Process
Step #1: Diagnosing the problem
Although we try to give rough estimates on repairs ahead of time, the only way to truly determine the cost is often to disassemble the camera to find the source of the problem. Some problems are easy to diagnose externally but some require considerable diagnostic time. So a diagnostic charge applies to all repairs at time of drop off but is applied to the cost of the repair if it's found economical to proceed.
Step #2: Parts and labor estimate
Once the problem has been diagnosed, an accurate estimate of time and parts cost can be made. We will contact you with the quote and you decide if you want to proceed with the repairs. If you do, the diagnostics fee is applied to your repair bill. We order parts, if not already in stock and repair your camera. Any parts over $50 need to be prepaid before ordering.
Step #3: Testing and return
Each repair is thoroughly tested and evaluated. Once we are confident the unit is good to go we will contact you to pickup the camera and square up the bill. All repairs carry a 90 Day Warranty so you don't have to worry about repeat issues. If the camera has the same issue again in 90 days, it's repaired free. If it can't be repaired you will receive a full refund minus the diagnostic fee.
We got your back
Don't worry about your gear after a repair. We back every repair we do with a 90 Day Warranty!
If you have any of the same issues just let us know and bring your gear back in for free service. If it's found not economical to continue repairing, we will refund the repair and parts costs.
We will be blunt here, we don't do half-assed repairs.
Its preferred to fix something right the first time so its as good or better than manufacturer specifications. Gimmicky glued grips and taped wires has no place in our shop. We have invested a lot into proper diagnostics software, manufacturer grade tools, service documentation and expensive test equipment. We are results driven and have been known to go above and beyond for customer satisfaction. We think it's the only way to do it.
Looking for Used Cameras and Lenses?
Paramount Camera & Repair is the only place you can buy used camera and lenses that are Cleaned, Tested, Inspected and Calibrated before being sold.
And backed by our 90 day Repair Warranty.