Have you heard the one about the monkey?

Rolleiflex camera repairs


  1. Have you heard the one about the monkey? we ask. Many years ago a chap brought in a Rolleiflex TLR (twin lens reflex) camera for repair. It was in poor condition in fact it was very battered. We set about repairing this camera which was successful and the customer came in paid for it and off he went. A few days later another chap came in with another Rolleiflex camera also in poor condition and was very battered. We thought this a bit odd but duly repaired it which again was successful. When he collected it we asked him how it had got in to that state as we had another Rolleiflex in for repair the week previous in the same sort of condition. He then went on to explain that he was a monkey photographer on the North Wales coast, you know, you hold the little monkey and the photographer would take your picture and the monkey takes your money. Apparently there was another monkey photographer who encroached on this chaps sales patch and an argument ensued which became quite heated and ended up with the photographers having a go at each other using the Rolleiflex cameras on their leather straps as whirling weapons, hence the damage to the two cameras. We know these are well made cameras but that was taking it to the extreme!

    We do get quite a few Rolleiflex cameras in for repair as well as all other makes in all kinds of conditions. There was another customer who brought a Rolleiflex TLR in for repair which was in a bad way, focus knob stiff, shutter not working, front lens panel bent out of shape etc. Apparently the owner of this camera was in his attic checking his cameras and lenses and probably polishing his Rolleiflex camera when it shot out of his hand through the attic door, along the landing and rolled down the stairs, bump bump bump. The poor man picked up his sad looking camera and brought it in to us for assessment. We told him not to worry and we would see what we could do for him. When he came back to collect his camera a couple of weeks later we showed him his beloved Rolleiflex TLR back in full working condition again which was followed by a big smile.

    We do have a number of featured internet information webpages for specific camera makes such as Rolleiflex and Rolleicord at -  www.rolleiflexcamerarepairs.co.uk  plus Leica, Olympus, Nikon, Canon etc.

    • Leica and Leitz - leicacamerarepairs.co.uk
    • Classic cameras - camera-classics.co.uk
    • Olympus - olympuscamerarepairs.co.uk
    • Canon - canoncamerarepairs.co.uk
    • Nikon - nikon-camerarepairs.co.uk