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Where can I get a Minolta 3 flash light meter switch repaired in Phoenix Arizona?

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You might try contacting CRIS Camera, in Chandler.

C.R.I.S. Camera Services
250 North 54th Street
Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: (480) 940-1103
Fax: (480) 940-1329

Jeff

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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