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My first ten years in business

In August 2003, I commenced my one man F2 repair business. It was initially conceived as a short term bridging occupation for 1 or 2 years, but 10 years later it’s still continuing and thriving, with an average profit growth of 17% per annum. More importantly, I still enjoy repairing F2s as I find it relaxing. In 2005 I even turned down a highly paid job with generous international company benefits, because I got more job satisfaction repairing F2s and corresponding with fellow F2 enthusiasts. Over this 10 year period, I serviced 700 F2s, sold 1000 foams kits and 300 DN-1 batteries. Moreover, I had some spare time to accomplish a number of unique personal projects. Below is a summary of my achievements and failures.

Achievements :


2003

- Repair business start-up

- Learnt HTML and created my first web site

- Customer orders on the first week of launch


2004

- Added mirror-up modification

- Added data imprint modification

- Number one in Google search for Nikon F2 repair


2005

- Added vertical MB-1 trigger modifications

- Added finders night light modifications

- Added replacement MD-2 and MD-3 brass gears

- Added replacement DN-1 and MN-1 NiMH batteries


2006

- Added zero damage pledge

- Made F2 Info, a personal project


2007

- Made F2SA, a personal project


2008

- Made F2 Recorder, a personal project


2009

- Made Stereo viewfinder, a personal project


2010

- Made F2N, a personal project


2011

- Added super DP-3/12 ring resistors

- Added power on and voltage check modification

- Over 500 F2s serviced


2012

- Highest annual profit growth (34%)

- European orders exceeded American orders


2013

- Added new Cds cells for the DP-1 and DP-11

- 10th year in business

- Over 700 F2s serviced



Failures :


- Started my F2 book but it did not get very far. I was too busy with F2 repairs, personal projects, house and family. Also my F2 collection and knowledge are still not complete (after 20 years).


- Didn’t have enough spare time to accomplish more personal projects after 2010



I am not sure if there will be a second ten year, but I will try. My target is to service 1000 F2s, and I'm sure I will achieve that.


Happy F2 shooting,


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