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Tele-Rolleiflex 2419, Photo F.W. Stutterheim
Rolleiflex 2.8 F, White-face.
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Page Index

  1. Introduction
  2. The European Union
  3. Europe outside EU
  4. The Americas
  5. Special services


The setting

The basic design of the Rolleiflex TLR dates back to the Automat model of 1937. Later refinements date from the Fifties and Sixties. It is a 100% mechanical camera and it will need service now and then. In those days sending a camera in for service was quite common. Many cameras, including the Rollei’s, were not exactly designed with easy access for service in mind. The cost of labour was not a major concern and Rollei’s, Leica’s, Contaxes, etc, were used professionally or owned by the rich anyway.

Today, things are quite different. You do not have to be rich to own a classic Rolleiflex, and the cost of labour has risen considerably. Getting a Rolleiflex serviced will cost you money! Some major disassembling has to be done to provide access to the usual problems. It will take a few hours to put things back together again and these hours have to be paid for. Everyone who has bought a Rolleiflex TLR camera should be prepared to have it serviced sooner or later and it may cost the equivalent of US$300. After this has been done thoroughly, you can expect to be out of the woods for the next 10 odd years. Rollei’s were professional cameras built to last, hardly ever ware out, but do need a service once in a while. This is often the case with cameras up for sale. Some have been resting on a shelf for decades. Others were used only now and then and are offered for sale now that a costly service is needed in the foreseeable future.

Some of the problems

The most common problem is a sticky shutter caused by dried out lubricant. This will happen to classic lubricants when the shutter is not fired regularly for a very long time. Your newly discovered mint Rolleiflex 2.8A from 1949 will probably suffer from this condition unless previous owners were kind enough to fire the shutter once a month. The slow shutter speeds are going to be affected first. The fault can easily be detected. Select the shutter speed of 1 sec. and fire the shutter. It should snap open, followed by a nice even buzz of the timer. After 1 sec the shutter should close with a snap. If the buzzing sounds uneven, more or less hesitating, and lasts longer than 1 sec, a service should be planned for the near future. Usually the faster speeds will still be correct, but the fault will get worse in time. No buzz at all, while shutter stays open, means that you will have to send the camera in right-away. The timing device for slow shutter speeds is completely gummed up.

A nasty problem is lens surface damage by scratches, persistently called "cleaning marks" by sellers. They hastely add that the cleaning marks do not diminish lens performance. That may be true but it seriously affects the value of the camera. An other one is damage by fungus. Hydrofluoric acid produced by fungi permanently damages the lens surface.

The list

In the following list I shall mention some addresses to send your Rolleiflex TLR to for a CLA (Clean, Lubricate and Adjust). TLR includes both 6 cm square and 4 cm square image sizes. This is a general list. There is hardly any specific information about CLA or repairs of 4 cm square ‘Baby-Rolleiflex’ cameras. The Page Index is based on continent now rather than based on country. I felt that I had to shorten the list now that I use button links to accommodate the tablet and smartphone users instead of traditional links.

The names on the list were put forward by members of the Rollei List, the Rollei Users Group and other reliable friends with first hand experience. I have no relationship with any of the repair shop on this list except that I am a patron of two of them. Some shops are well established and have a splendid reputation backed by a great number of loyal patrons. From time to time new repair shops are added. Occasionally one is deleted. If you want to know why an entry was dropped, contact me. Most of the time the repairman retired or passed away. The alphabetical order is by the first significant word of the company name or by surname of a person if no company name is known.

Of course there will be others who would do a good job on your Rolleiflex. I suggest that you send your TLR to a person whith ample experience in servicing Rolleiflex TLR’s. They are quite complex cameras.

I am in more or less regular contact with some of the listed repair shops. I know that others are still in business. From some I have not heard since being recommended. That can be many years ago. Following some entries I may have added a request for information. I fear those shops are closed. If you should find out that one is still open, a message to me will be very much appreciated. If you feel you should contact me before or after a repair, do not hesitate to do so. To re-assure everyone: this hardly ever happens.

Most shops have websites. Please find contact information on the site. Some do not have a site. The contact information on this page may be dated. Contact the shop to check the address before shipping anything.

The European Union


Fototechnik Kleinert G.m.b.H.
E.-Baumgartner-Str. 11
A 5020 Salzburg
Phone: +43 662 845700
About this entry (04/2017). Contact details: checked, no further information for more than 10 years.


Listed in alphabetical order based on the (significant part of the company) name:

Mr. Philippe Raybaudi
Atelier Raybaudi
157 chemin du Gua
F-38142 Le Freney d’Oisans
contact: Request estimate, Atelier Raybaudi
Mr. Raybaudi has indicated that he works on Rolleiflex camera’s including all 6×6 and 4×4 TLRs since 1983.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: confirmed.

Mr. Olivier Carré
Roleiz Services
75 B Les Bois du Cerf
contact: Mail Form
Service and repairs of Rolleiflex TLR, Rollei 35, SL66/E/SE, Nikon F-series, Leica, Zeiss-Ikon Contax IIa, IIIa and Hasselblad C-series. Focusing screens for Rolleiflex.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Photo Suffren
45, avenue de Suffren
F-75007 Paris
contact: Mail Form
Sales and service of classic and vintage Rolleiflexes since 1929 including the SL66/E/X/SE. Braunschweig factory trained technician. Not far from the Eiffel Tower. Métro La Motte Picquet Grenelle or Dupleix.
About this entry (12/2019). Website: up. Contact details: checked.


Listed in alphabetical order based on the (significant part of the company) name:

Arlüwa Czens GmbH
Lindenstr. 1
D 50674 Köln
contact: Personal contact by phone or visit is preferred. English, French and German spoken.
Rollei 35 all models, XF, Rolleiflex (twin lens) all models, SL35E, SL66-E, SL35 SL350, all lenses. ZEISS-IKON Contax, Ikonta, Contessa, etc. Other camera brands too.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

DW Photo GmbH
Salzdahlumer Straße 196
D 38126 Braunschweig, Germany
Factory service.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Petzvalstr. 56 a
D 38104 Braunschweig
FFS is established in one of the buildings of the old Voigtländer Werke. The website is in German only but they communicate in English fluently.
Rollei, Contax, Pentax, Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Voigtländer, Leica, Zett, Metz, etc. Rollei 35 converted to 1.5 Volt. Recent favourable references from international clients.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Mr. Dieter Paepke
Rather Broich 57
D 40472 Düsseldorf
Rollei and Leica Service Partner. Repairs and service of all classic and modern Rollei products made since 1960. System 6000 batteries upgraded from NiCad to NiMH. Mr Paepke has serviced some of my Rolleiflexes and upgraded my System 6000 batteries.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

The Netherlands

Amsterdam Camera Repairs
De Pijp, Amsterdam and
Visits by appointent only. Leica, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Rolleiflex, Pentax, Plaubel Makina, Synchro-Compur, Copal, Nikon, Canon, etc.
About this entry (01/2023). Website: up.

Mr. Hans Klinkhamer
Commandeur 23
7041 LA `s-Heerenberg
The Netherlands
Telephone +31 314 668755
Visitors by appointment only, please.
Hans is servicing and repairing most Rollei cameras (including the SL 66 line), lenses and slide projectors, but not Rollei 2000, 3000 and compact cameras, electronic flash units and the electronics of the SLX and 6000-series.
About this entry (02/2023). Contact details: Confirmed.


Mr. Alejandro Varas Palacios
Alex Varas Cameras
Txakursolo 13 3D
48992 Getxo
Sales, CLA service and repairs of Rolleicord and Rolleiflex TLRs and other mechanical cameras.
About this entry (03/2023). A recently opened shop. Website: up. Contact details: checked.


Mr. Jonas Vikström
Analoga Kameror Stockholm
Fredsgatan 14
172 33 Sundbyberg
Rolleiflex and Leica service. Positive reference.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked. Company details: checked.

Europe outside EU


Mr. Jean-Philippe Fahrni
Camera Repair Service
Avenue Eugène-Lance 46
CH-1212 Grand-Lancy
“PassionnĂ© de photo et de matériel photographie ancien, j’offre un service de réparation de qualité. Contactez-moi, parlez-moi de votre appareil et je vous dirai si on peut le réparer et quoi faire.
Je ne répare pas le matériel récent ou digital, car il est sous garantie et la marque peut encore le faire.”

Service and repair of classic cameras (1950 - 1980), including Rolleiflex, Rolleicord.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: confirmed.

Mr. Claudio Fabio
Classic Camera Repair
Plattenstrasse 5
CH-8810 Horgen
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Mr. Baumgartner, Otto
Meierhofrain 24
CH 8820 Wädenswil/ZH
Phone/Fax +41 44 780 55 15
“Dealing with Mr. and Mrs. Baumgartner is also entering a time machine, back to the perfect and polite Switzerland of the 50s.” (customer comment).
About this entry (12/2019). Contact details: checked. Company details: checked.

United Kingdom

Mr. Brian Mickleboro
Bower Cottage,
Magdalen Green,
Telephone: +44 1371 831171
e-mail: Brian Mickleboro
Formerly of The Studio Workshop, London. Mr. Mickleboro is factory trained and has 30-40 years of experience in servicing Rollei cameras. Highly recommended.
About this entry (10/2017). Contact details: checked.

Newton Ellis & Co (Est. 1948)
29 Cheapside
Liverpool L2 2DY
contact: Mail Form
Most Rollei cameras can be repaired, serviced and cleaned. Most Rollei lenses can be repaired, collimated and cleaned.
About this entry (10/2021). Website and contact details checked.

The Americas


ABC Service
Suipacha 255 7° E
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Contact: Mail Form
Specialised in Sinar, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Leica, etc. ABC also did an excellent overhaul on a Rolleiflex TLR.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Casa Schwarz
Humberto 1º 985 - Piso: 6 Oficina: 3
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
A reputable address since 1943. The owner is a qualified engineer and he is the only one who takes care of classic mechanical cameras like the Rolleiflexes. Unfortunately sometimes his health prevents him to work. Check first.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.


Mr. René Genest
Service Caméra Pro
2042 blvd Père Lelièvre
Québec, Q.C. G1P 2W9
contact: Mr. Genest prefers a telephone call.
Repairs of medium format and 35 mm camera’s like all Rolleiflex TLRs (6×6 cm and 4×4 cm), SL 66, Rollei 35. Also Hasselblad, Yashica, Mamiya, Bronica, Pentax 6×7, Nikon, etc.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: confirmed.


Mr. Harry Müller Thierfelder
Servicio Técnico Fotografico Müller
Paseo Ahumada 312 of. 402
Santiago de Chile
Phone: 56-2-698-3596
Mr. Müller accepts jobs from South and Central America. Search Youtube.
About this entry (2014). Contact details: checked.


Listed in alphabetical order based on the (significant part of the company) name:

Mr. Mark Hansen
Classic Camera Repair
1101 Shaurette St.
Stevens Point
Wisconsin 54481-4550
Only Rolleiflex TLR, except for 3.5 F type 1, T. Positive feedback. Before sending camera, e-mail first.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: Up. Contact details: checked.

Mr Dave Feeley
Key Camera Service
1428 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Telephone (303) 772-7690
contact: Mr Feeley prefers to be contacted by phone.
Address for Rolleiflex cameras and lenses with electronic parts (GX, FX, FW and FT; System 6000).
About this entry (04/2017). Contact details: checked.

Mark Hama, Ltd.
2675 Earl Drive
Marietta, GA 30062
Mr. Hama worked at Yashica in Nagano, Japan, where he was building the Mat 124G. He is the leading expert for servicing Yashicas. He services Rolleiflexes too.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Mr Harry Fleenor
Oceanside Camera Repair
909 N. Aviation Blvd. Ste. 4
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6241
Mr Fleenor is servicing Rolleiflex cameras since 1966, including 15 years of that time in the Rolleiflex factory service centres of Honeywell and Rollei of America. He repairs the Rolleiflex TLRs (including Rolleiflex 2.8 F, 3.5 F, Rolleiflex 2.8 E-3, 2.8 E-2, 2.8 E, 2.8 D, 2.8 C, 2.8 B, 2.8 A, Rolleiflex 3.5 E-3, 3.5 E-2, 3.5 E, 3.5, Automat X, 3.5 Automat MX, Automat MX E-V, Tele Rolleiflex, Wide-Angle Rolleiflex, Rolleicord Vb, Va, V, IV), Rollei SL66, Rollei 35.
Please note that Mr Fleenor does not work on the Rollei-Magic, Rolleiflex T and the Baby-Rolleiflex 4×4, Rolleicord I, II, III and all Rolleiflex TLR cameras with electronics like the GX, FX, FT and FW. Mr Fleenor installs Maxwell bright screens and checks and corrects focusing.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up. Contact details: checked.

Mr Paul Ebel
Paul Ebel Lens Services
420 21st Street, North
Suite #2
P.O. Box 141
Menomonie, WI 54751-2280
Telephone (651) 335-8759
Mr. Ebel received positive feed-back from many customers.
About this entry (01/2020). Contact details: confirmed by Mr. Ebel.

Special services

Mr. Bill Maxwell
Maxwell Precision Optics
P.O. Box 33146,
Decatur, GA 30033-0146,
Telephone (404) 244-0095
e-mail: Maxwell Precision Optics
Mr. Maxwell sells and installs focusing screens of the highest quality for new and classic Rolleiflexes and other cameras.
About this entry (10/2021). Contact details: no recent information.

Mr. Rick Oleson
Rick Oleson BrightScreen
Focusing screens for Rolleiflex and other camera’s. I purchased a BrightScreen MP.
About this entry (10/2021). Website: up.