Vintage cameras make great collectors’ items and offer effects and a shooting experience that modern models can’t provide.
So, should the worst happen, it’s important to know where to take your camera for repairs. And here’s our guide on how to do just that
Check the damage
Before you start your search for a camera and lens repair shop or service centre, assess the damage. If the problem is jammed film, light leaks, lens fungus, or a sluggish shutter, you may be able to fix it yourself with some tools and patience.
Check our FAQs and repairs articles for more information on DIY fixes. If, however, the damage is extensive, we, of course, recommend taking it to a specialist.
Do your research
Finding a good camera service centre or repair shop for a vintage camera isn’t as easy typing
“Old Nikon camera repairs”
“PowerShot Canon camera repairs Sydney”
Or “vintage Leica lens repairs”
Into Google and taking your pick. You want to make sure your camera is landing in good hands. To that end, keep in mind that an official service centre may not be the best option because a centre will likely not have dedicated experts for older models as it’s not profitable for them to keep them on.
Ask some questions
Also to that end, we recommend asking your selected camera repair shops or centres questions before bringing in your camera. Try to find out their:
- Warranty period
- Level of experience with your camera brand
- Whether they’ve worked with your specific model. Even if a shop or centre offers Canon camera repairs (for example), there’s no guarantee they’ve worked on old models
- If they can provide a quote Etc.
At the end of the day, vintage cameras are hard to replace, so finding a good repairman is a worthwhile investment.
And if you ever happen to be looking for expert vintage camera repairs in Sydney, get in touch with us.