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#1 Magnus Hraunberg

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:20 AM

Heya,
I just found out that Ice film no longer are agents for Aaton ant that apparently there is no Aaton agency anymore in London, UK. Is that true? Means I have to get my Aaton serviced in France or something.
Anyone here on this forum who has a suggestion where in London I could get an Aaton serviced?
By the way how often should you send film cameras for service?
At Ice film they told me that there was too little demand and that I was the first in over two months calling them regarding Aaton.
Dark days for film :(
Plus Deluxe in Soho no longer develops 16mm. Technicolor are the only ones left in London. It doesn't make any sence because majority of films are still being shot on film and whst I've heard is that it's never been a better time to shoot on film becsuese of the stock & DI we have.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
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#2 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:31 PM

Find a skilled technician who knows those cameras well and make friends with them directly. I would start by finding out who did the work at/for Ice and see if they are still interested.

If you can have always the same good technician you will save money on servicing.

Opinins on the forum will vary on what the servicing requirements and costs are. I read somewhere that every 5 years the scintered aluminum bearings should be re impregnated with oil using vacum method. I talked to a tech in Australia recently who services a lot of Aatons and (he said) there are LTRs that have never had that bearing treatment in their whole life and are still going no problem.

Cheers,
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#3 Robert Lewis

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:22 AM

I recently acquired an Aaton LTR54 and immediately looked around for somebody in the UK who could service it.

I found "http://www.camera-en...ngineering.com" who are based in Somerset and service and repair Aaton cameras. I made contact and found the initial contact to be friendly and helpful. I am presently making arrangements for my camera to go in for service in about three weeks time.
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#4 Ian Cooper

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:38 AM

...Anyone here on this forum who has a suggestion where in London I could get an Aaton serviced?


Not in London, but I've been happy with the work Les Bosher in South Wales has done for me on my Eclair, might be worth getting in touch about Aaton as well.


...Plus Deluxe in Soho no longer develops 16mm. Technicolor are the only ones left in London. It doesn't make any sence because majority of films are still being shot on film and whst I've heard is that it's never been a better time to shoot on film becsuese of the stock & DI we have.
Would love to hear your thoughts.



As for 16mm developing, it seems the guys originally behind "iLab" are in the process of setting up again as "i-Dailies". Their website is advertising "all format film processing and Spirit transfers...". Best of luck to them :)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:07 AM

I found "http://www.camera-en...ngineering.com" who are based in Somerset and service and repair Aaton cameras. I made contact and found the initial contact to be friendly and helpful.


Allan Giles was an engineer with ICE years ago before starting Camera Engineering. He serviced my Aaton for a number of year, he also used to have a range of accessories that he rented out.

At the very least, sent the camera for a lubrication every 2 years, the lub does tend to run out of the bearings. If it's a camera that's new to you best get a service. Any camera I was using nearly everyday was serviced every six months.

Edited by Brian Drysdale, 09 May 2012 - 02:08 AM.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:54 PM

A bit late :)

I found a name on one of the camera boxes, Peter Thornton. And there were also two other stickers: Les Bosher and Camera Engineering.

Just wrote them both, waiting for a reply. Thanks guys and sorry for the reply.


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#7 Stephen Perera

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:31 AM

I second Allan Giles in the UK....great guy, friendly, no bullshit and he will do the job...


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#8 Giorgio Taricco

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:53 PM

Sent my Aaton Minima to Aaton France and they are top notch.
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#9 Giorgio Taricco

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:55 PM

Pierre Michoud, AATON GRENOBLE. Top service.
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#10 Jacek Zagaja

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:43 AM

In Poland Mr. Stanislaw Kwiatkowski (former director at Panavision) - very best man, also makes modds.

(PM me if you need contact)


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#11 Stephen Perera

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:45 AM

as OP is located in UK no better man then Allan Giles....he's a great guy too....

 

albernyrestorations@gmail.com


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