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Where can I get various problems with my Leica C11 repaired or overhauled? Basically, it need a new rubberized back panel (chemical damage?) and the zoom is sluggish or stuck much of the time. I love this camera!

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  • allespach Jan 31, 2010

    Thanks.
    Currently, I'm in Thessaloniki, Greece. (I move around a lot). The camera could be sent anywhere as long as its in good hands and properly fixed - the zoom is stiff I believe from storage - the rubberized back plate is a greater concern ... Leica (Germany) has no parts, and I'm waiting to hear from Leica (USA) - somebody, somewhere has to have some parts.

    [[I know a great vintage/used Leica shop in Buenos Aires... some amazing stuff at good prices]]

    Anywhere in the world served by FedEx is fine...... thanks for your help.

    David Allespach
    Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece

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    Obertelli May 11, 2010

    The answer depends entirely upon where in the world you are. No point in my recommending a place in Colchester, England, if you live in Buenos Aires, Argentina... One thing I can tell you is that getting spare parts for the C11 may be near impossible, but the actual servicing of the zoom lens should be straightforward. A good repairer may need to replace the rear rubberised covering with something else.

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Hi David, thanks for the extra info.

In that case, the best place by far for your particular camera is Leica's own service centre in Germany.

The C11 sold in such tiny numbers for such a brief time that even Leica themselves may have trouble replacing the rubberised back panel with an original part, but if anyone does have the ability to locate the part it's them. The other problem is that the original part was clearly an unstable compound, so spares may have degraded as well or may soon start to degrade once fitted to your camera. Leica would normally have revised this part once they were aware, but as there are so few C11's in existence the retooling costs would be uneconomical to remanufacture the part.

Good luck, and I sincerely hope that I'm proved wrong!.

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