Minolta Lenses: Serviced!

Posted by kenchill. Categories Photography

We just got back kumbang‘s lenses from Albert Cheah of Cheah Camera Repair. It was fast as well. He managed to service 2 of our lenses in 1 week. Not that we were rushing, we couldn’t collect it if he finished servicing them faster as we work 9-6 jobs and he closes shop at 7pm on weekdays. He is open on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm and closed on Sundays.

You can call him on his mobile at 012-6679756 or better still, visit his shop at Complex Mutiara, Jalan Ipoh. His shop is located on the 1st floor, Lot 15 (568-1-15). It’s just beside the Digicolor ( shop, once you see Digicolor (heck, they sell a lot of stuff at good prices!), head towards it and walk into the lorong. To get to Complex Mutiara, just use Jalan Kuching and head towards Jalan Ipoh. When you get to the roundabout, turn off to Jalan Ipoh and drive straight passing through 2 traffics lights, and there you can see Complex Mutiara.

So, back to our lenses…

Kumbang has the Minolta 70-210mm/f4 “Beercan” lens which was passed down from his dad. The external condition of the lens is EXCELLENT. No scratches, nothing, 100% MINT! The hood, lens caps and filter are all in excellent condition as well. Even the lens pouch is still good. The only downer is that the internals of the lens are hazy, suspected to be fungus as it was kept in the pouch, unused for years. We were afraid that the fungus could not be cleaned, rendering the otherwise perfect lens totally useless.

The other lens which he has is a Minolta 35-70mm/f4 “Mini Beercan”. This lens has a macro mode and barrel which extends like crazy when zoomed. Heck, I call it a ‘mini-cannon‘. The lens is a bit worn and the filter is totally unusable but the internals are good, clear and non-hazy. Well, before we got too happy, we found out that the aperture blades were sticky, but nothing to be afraid of as it could be serviced easily.

After the servicing from Albert, our old lenses are back to good working condition, ready to be snapped onto our Alphas! The lens of the Beercan are superbly clean now. Heck, when we peered down the lens from the front, everything is crystal clear. Scary indeed. The mini-beercan has snappy blades now.

Kumbang is happy now that he can replace his kitlens with the 35-70mm/f4 which will serve him well at the docks and shipyards where he will be spending most of his time, working and snapping pictures of huge transporters, trucks, containers, heavy-lifters, ships and cranes. We love short, snubby lenses! Makes our camera so compact and have this nice ‘classic’ look.

Before I end this post, here’s picture of my Minolta 50mm/f1.7 lens (read about it here:


5 Responses to “Minolta Lenses: Serviced!”

  1. Chee Minh - September 26, 2008 / 9:54 am

    nice nice… the beercan looks mighty fierce man! And i’m liking the 50mm. Damn, i need to get myself some lenses too! When r we going for a photo excursion?? :)

  2. kenchill - September 26, 2008 / 10:45 am

    Heh, anytime dude. Will call you up for the next gig.

  3. Life in KL » Minolta 70-210mm/f4 ‘Beercan’ - September 26, 2008 / 10:46 am

    [...] crystalized specks on the front element of the lens. A service visit to Albert Cheah (post here: managed to clear things up. Albert managed to polish the lens, removing all the crystalized specks [...]

  4. CJ - November 27, 2008 / 10:55 am

    How much did you pay for the 70-210mm service? I also got one need to service. :(

  5. kenchill - November 27, 2008 / 8:01 pm

    RM150 to do a full service and clean the lenses on the 70-210mm. If your lens elements are not as dirty as mine, it could be cheaper.


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