LENS REHOUSING SERVICES

 

 

Whitepoint Optics specializes in rehousing vintage cine lenses to meet the modern standards and adapting still lenses for cinema use. Our strengths are high quality mechanics, fast delivery times and nuanced understanding of the different markets.

We deliver rehousing service to filmmakers and film companies around the world. Our factory is located in Helsinki, Finland.

We rehouse currently the following lenses:

  • Canon FD
  • Kowa
  • Leica R
  • Nikon
  • Schneider
  • Zeiss
  • Jena
  • Lomo

 

Other lens conversions available on request.
Contact us for more information!

Lens conversion price: Starting from EUR 3500 (Excl. Optics)
Typical delivery time: 3-6 Months

LENS CONVERSION PROCESS
• Stainless steel PL mount
• Zero image shifting
• Cam Form Focus drive optimized for modern motors
• Unique robust aluminium construction
• Easy to collimate with shims
• 280-300 degree rotation
• Standard 110mm front diameter
• Easy to service

ADDITIONAL FEATURES ON REQUEST
• New iris rings
• LPL, EF and E mounts
• Personalised engarvings
• High visible UV markings

Frequently Asked Questions about Lens Rehousing

What does lens rehousing mean?

In lens rehousing, the client sends lenses to us for conversion. After conversion, the lenses can be used in cinematography and are compatible with modern cine accessories. In a typical case, the converted lenses are originally still camera optics, but we also rehouse vintage film lenses to be used with modern cinema equipment.

The client is responsible for the quality of the optical components. The client also takes care of postage fees, when sending lenses to us.

How long lens rehousing process takes?

Our normal delivery time for our range is 8–10 months. If some new designs need to be made, 14–16 months. The delivery time varies – please get in touch to ask for current delivery time!

What about your payment terms?

Payment terms are as follows:

  • 50% of Grand Total to be paid as a deposit payment. 25% of Grand Total is non-refundable.
  • Another 50% of Grand Total is to be paid on delivery. To start the delivery process, payments need to be 100% made.
  • The conversion process begins once the first payment is received. WPO will be in contact during the conversion process with the estimated delivery time.
  • Lenses are sent to the client after the second payment is 100% paid.
  • All shipping costs at customers’ expense.

I'd like to get at least some of the lenses as quickly as possible. Do you deliver the lens set in one batch, or can you deliver it in smaller batches?

We can either deliver the whole batch or in smaller batches. Just let us know what the priority is and we can send lenses out as soon as they are finished. No need to wait for the whole set.

Do you source lenses for clients?

Unfortunately, we cannot source lenses for clients.

What is the process for placing an order?

For a quote, please send us a message and we will get back to you with an offer. The conversion process begins once the first payment (50%) is received.

What are the shipping and custom fees for the lenses?

Unfortunately, we do not have a way of estimating shipping/import duties in advance. Once we know the size of the package, we can get an estimate of delivery charges. Duties are usually reasonable.

When shipping from outside of the EU:
In order to avoid extra duties, we are using shipping for a temporary repair.

  • It is important to clearly indicate in the export documents that a customer is sending cine lenses with the serial number xxxx for a temporary repair, to be returned after completion.
  • Included must be a proforma invoice to state the value of the lenses. This way we can ship lenses back after the work is done using the same proforma value.
  • When we receive lenses here, we claim them into the country as temporary inward processing (meaning to be returned to the owner after maintenance is over).

It is important you have clearly stated the value of the content when shipping using a proforma document. We will return the lenses using the same proforma value you indicate.

Do the lenses rehoused by WPO have a warranty?

Whitepoint Optics guarantees a 12 months warranty for rehoused lenses. Warranty does not cover misuse of goods, or using goods in a manner for which they are not intended. Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or careless use of the goods.

We shall remedy defects if the warranty claim is valid and within the warranty period. It is at our decision whether we remedy the defect by repair or replacement.

We are however happy help if an impact etc. happens. Please get in touch. In these cases, our hourly rate is 100 €/h (+ the cost of parts that need replacing).

I have a lens that is not listed on the Whitepoint Optics website. Can WPO rehouse it?

Possibly! Please get in touch and we will see how we can help you with your request

Can I get custom finishes and colors for my lenses? At what price?

We do offer the possibility for personalized engravings and a range of colors for a stylish finish. We also offer dual high visible UV markings on request.
Ask also for enhanced close focus.

Engravings prices

Customized engravings: Design setup fee 1000€ + 200€/lens
Includes:

  • Personalised logo
  • Lens details text
  • Special color on engravings (max. 2 colors from our color chart)

 

Cap engravings: 500€/set

We can also engrave other logos on request, but we can’t take any legal responsibility for using trademarked material.

Do you engrave metric or imperial focus scales to the lenses?

We are able to engrave both in metric and imperial scales – it’s your choice. We can engrave additional scales also (for additional cost).

Do you offer discounts for ordering sets of lenses?

For bulk/set discounts, please get in touch. We are here to help!

Do you rehouse individual lenses?

Due to shipping costs, rehousing a single lens is usually not very cost-effective. That is why we rehouse mostly whole lens sets. However, there are no technical barriers for rehousing a single lens. If you have a single lens that you want to be rehoused, contact us!

I have a lens whose coating is damaged. Can you recoat it?

Unfortunately, no. In that process lenses will lose their individual vintage-look, and that is not what we or the customer wants. In a case of damaged damaged lens, it is usually better to source a new lens.

Do you offer lens cases as well?

We generally don’t supply cases to customers for two reasons:

  1. When it comes to lens case quality and design, the taste tends to be subjective. We have been trying to pinpoint one case manufacturer to fit for all, but haven’t found one.
  2. The actual measurements of each lens can vary anything from 2-6mm depending on the model of the lens. This means that to get the exact measurement we need to complete the lens before sending the dimensions to case manufacturer and this would delay the delivery process somewhat.

I'd like to visit Whitepoint Optics faculty! Is this possible?

Of course! Our office and factory is located in Helsinki, Finland. Please get in touch, and we will organize a safe visit for you.

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    Whitepoint Optics is developed by the Whitepoint Production Company based in Helsinki.

    Contact us: info@whitepointoptics.com

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