Film cameras don’t have the extensive support network of parts and repairs providers enjoyed by digital cameras. So for film photographers and vintage camera collectors, it is vital to keep these cameras well-maintained and know where to take them should the worst happen.
Firstly, you should always keep your camera in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. We recommend keeping it in a bag or a container with a silica packet. This will protect your camera from rogue dirt and dust particles and keep it safe from mould and fungi.
It’s also important to keep it clean. For advice on cleaning lenses, see our lens maintenance article. Generally, cleaning the body is less delicate work, but you should still be careful. Start with putting a cap on the lens (or, if possible, removing the lens entirely). Wipe visible grime off the body with a microfibre cloth dipped in soapy water. For hard to reach nooks and crannies, use a Q-tip or a soft brush.
If your film camera is damaged or needs internal cleaning, take it to a specialist. Unfortunately, there aren’t many official centres that will be able to service it. As the market turned digital, it became less profitable for brands to manufacture parts for film cameras or train employees in servicing them. But don’t worry. You can go to a licensed repair shop, and your camera will be better for it. Here at Camera Fix, for instance, we’ve been cleaning and fixing film cameras for decades.
So if you require film camera repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.