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1. I am sure owners of 1904 Box Brownies and other old kit never need repair work, but come on, who actually runs a lot of film through these systems? Most film cameras still in use were made in the 1970s and up.
2.Parts and service for these cameras is a declining business. The market for repair work will match the dwindling number of cameras and lenses. Your local camera repair shop might still be hanging on but what happens when technicians who know these cameras retire or close shop due to hard economics?
1. There are quite a few people who regularly use Brownies and other pre-WW2 cameras. It's not just the Lomo crowd either. There is an active international group of people who just love shooting these all mechanical classic cameras. The prices on the all mechanical cameras are more solid than the electronic (post 1960s) ones, generally speaking. The newer cameras are just too similar to what we use today.
2. Most of these cameras are very simple to fix yourself, and there are Youtube videos. There will always be people who will fix Leicas, Rolleiflex, and Nikons. As a clue, I have a 1920 Compur shutter and a 1937 Voigtlander Bessa sitting in two different shops. Six month backlog on the Compur and two months on the Bessa. I've been thinking of learning how to CLA the older shutters (Compound, Compur, Volute, Optimo, etc.) to do part time as a retirement job.
Below photos taken with a 1942 Leica IIIc, 1932 Leica Elmar 5cm lens, Ilford HP5. I had my Nikon D800E and some state of art Sigma lenses in my car, but the image just wouldn't have looked the same.
Kent in SD