The following services are available for the Contarex Bullseye camera.
Costs are not specified due to competitors using these costs to price lower value services. If you'd like to know the cost of a service please use this link to inquire. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions. All costs are provided on request (POR):
|Body Examination and Appraisal||POR|
|Shutter Curtain Replacement||POR|
|Bullseye: Complete Overhaul without Photocell Replacement||POR|
|Bullseye: Light Cell Replacement (at time of overhaul)||POR|
|Special: Complete Overhaul with Silicon Cell Photocell Replacement||POR|
|Super and Professional: Complete Overhaul||POR|
|Super Electronic: Complete Overhaul||POR|
Body Examination and Appraisal: $95.00. This service is highly recommended for any camera that you are considering purchasing. It consists of a detailed examination of the body combined with a light meter and shutter speed accuracy and reliability check. A detailed report is provided to the owner. If minor adjustments will improve shutter accuracy they are performed at no additional charge. If a camera is sent for service or repair and the owner declines to have the work done this will be the service that is charged.
Repair Estimate: $200.00. This service consists of a detailed external and internal examination of the camera. The camera is disassembled to the extent necessary to uncover portions of the mechanism liable to have been damaged by prior workers. A report is provided to the owner. If a complete body service is authorized the $200.00 fee for this service is waived.
Following final assembly the camera is set to sit for a period of three to five days and then retested to ensure that all adjustments are stable and that the camera is fully reliable.
You can anticipate that for a Bullseye with a problem parts will be required and that it will be necessary for me to purchase a parts body to use as a source of donor parts. The hourly charges will include the time required to find and obtain a donor body with the time required to extract the parts from the donor body. You can anticipate that it may be necessary for me to undergo two or more body purchase and return transactions in order to find a body with parts that are either good enough or of the proper type to use to repair your body.
The reason we do all this and the reason we do this the way we do it is to return your camera to you in a condition where you can put it away for a long time, and then pick it up and use it without fear that in the interval it has lost its calibration or has otherwise become unreliable. We have found by testing that there are no shortcuts to a completely reliable camera. We know that to provide you with a camera that has smoothness of action, precision, accuracy and reliablity much work is required. We spend ten days per camera. This is what it takes to provide you with the Zeiss Contarex that it was designed to be.
Very often we are presented with cameras that have been serviced by others and which have failed to satisfy their owners. In many cases we are asked merely to correct those aspects of camera function that the owner finds objectionable. Unfortunately, we are not able to do piece work to correct the work of others. The reason is that it is our experience is that with time and use other problems with these cameras will arise and require correction. We have learned by experience that the only way to completely correct all of the visible and latent problems with such a camera is to take it completely apart and do the job over again correctly. We actually do spend ten days on a single camera. Experience again has taught us that this is what it takes to do the job right so that it is done only once.
The Zeiss Ikon Price List of October 1, 1961 lists the retail price of a Contarex Bullseye Model with the f2.0 50mm Planar lens to be $499.00. This is roughly equivalent to $7984.00 in today's dollars. So when you buy a good looking Contarex on Ebay or at an estate sale for $339.00 or less there is a very good reason for the large discount; and this is the fact the camera is no longer reliable. And just how much good is a camera to you if it will fail when you need it the most? If you invest to have the camera completely restored to its maximum potential you have made a necessary and reasonable investment that will pay off in reliable good picture taking for many years. If you believe my prices are unreasonble I encourage you to shop elsewhere so that you may find out just how low these prices are. I work on only one camera at a time. When you send me your camera it gets 100% of my attention from start to finish. No camera leaves my hands until I am certain it is at its maximum potential for accuracy and reliability My average turnaround time for a Contarex will vary depending upon the condition of the camera and its need for replacement parts.
When you buy any model of Contarex it is IMPOSSIBLE to tell the internal condition from any single or combination of external cosmetic indicators. Neither you nor I will know the true internal conditon of your Contarex until it has been opened and examined. There is absolutely no way that I can cheaply make a totally worn out camera to be like new. Nor is there any way for me to take a camera which was made out of spare discarded parts in a repair shop after Zeiss went out of the camera business and make it perfect. It is not possible for me to correct completely a camera that has been opened many times and worked on by people who were not qualified to work on the camera. When you buy a Contarex you are taking a chance and often it is a big one and sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. I have to say that with the Contarex it is my sad obligation to present bad news to the owner with far more regularity than I present good news. So please be aware of the fact that the Contarex put Zeiss out of the camera business and that your luck with it is not likely to be better than theirs.
It is my experience there are only three kinds of Contarexes on the market, and these are ranked in their order of occurrence:
In all my years only two people have sent me Contarexes to be serviced which were working perfectly. Both of these were owners of Super Electronic cameras. Every other Contarex that has been received here has had a serious problem.
The following policy does not apply to the overhaul of Contarex Lenses. No deposit is required for the servicing of Contrex lenses and the prices for the overhaul of these lenses are listed on the Lens page of this Web Site.
The situation with the Contarex is such that I have to differentiate between cameras that work properly which are sent for a thorough protective preservative servicing and those which don't work properly and are being sent for repairs. There are two classes of cameras and the deposit for each varies depending upon which situation your camera fits into:
I am very sorry to have to implement this policy but the Contarex is an expensive camera to buy and the only supply of spare parts is parts bodies which are rare and expensive. Also, the only parts bodies that contain usable parts are those which are working perfectly. They are very expensive. It is also my experience that in most cases, particularly with the Bullseye, in order to produce one perfect Contax body, two are required. To put it simply the Contarex was originally and still is a very expensive camera.