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    How much would you spend ...

    ..on your favorite camera? I've been thinking of the repairs that I have had done to a few of my cameras and a post I read a while ago advising someone not to spend money on a repair but to simply "get another" camera. Some models/types are more the "work horse" type of camera and buyers need to be wary of the condition of the replacement camera due to extreme use, chances that it has been dropped, other cameras are just old and are bound to need shutters un-stuck or film advance levers repaired.

    I thought, what is the chance that you'd buy another camera only to find some hidden problem with that one? I would almost rather just spend the money to get the original camera repaired rather than take the gamble of finding a good quality replacement. Then there is trying to get a bargain buy from evil bay, which can be ok if your camera is not one that has suddenly sprung new interest and while should be going for $50-100 are being BOUGHT for 2-3X the price.

    So would there come a time or situation when you would pay 100% or 200% of the price of a camera to have it repaired? Would it have to be a real " last of it's kind" situation or would you pay if the camera had sentimental value to you?

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    Several years ago I bought a used Nikon F3 at a bargain price. After a year I had to have the shutter replaced at great expense, but I had it done, thinking: what else can break with such a sturdy camera? Well, the camera was more inventive than me and only after a few years (of light casual shooting) the next thing broke (mirror box), rendering the camera worthless (sold it for parts). Conclusion: cameras often don't just have one defect. If they are heavily used, they may well wear down evenly, so after repairing the first thing the next repair is already on the horizon.

    If you can accept the learning curve of a new camera you might as well look into getting an entirely different camera. Chances are your shooting style has changed or your camera lacked features you can now get for very little money. Don't forget that you can get a lot of professional equipment in mint condition for very little money now.

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    It's a judgement call. I had my Contax 167MT repaired, when I could have found a replacement on eBay for very little more than the repair cost, but I took the view that a repair by a competent camera repairer would give the repairer an opportunity to look for any other warning signs, and would give me a camera back that had a repair warranty, whereas buying something on eBay can be a route to buying someone else's problem.

    I also had my Yashica half-frame overhauled and repaired for about three times what I paid for it, but in addition to repairing the broken frame counter, they also tightened the lens assembly and got the selenium meter working too. I only buy cameras to use, rather than collect (my wife has a different opinion on this, but what do spouses know?), so it's use value rather than resale value that determines whether I'll repair or replace a camera.
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    I expect to spend 5x the cost of my Rolleicord on repair. Frankly, I should probably buy something higher end given what I'll pay in CLA but it was my first medium format and I simply love it. I've loved other cameras since, but it is special.

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    I have had four of my cameras and one of my lenses serviced in the last year it probably cast about the same or a little more than I could replace them for on ebay, I had them given a full service by a professional because I've had the cameras for more than twenty years and they owe me nothing, I know where they've been and that they haven't been dismantled on someone's kitchen table, I'm delighted with the results there all like new now, smooth as silk, and I hope to continue enjoying them for a long time .
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    Most used equipment purchased on eBay probably hasn't had the routine service that it needs. I'd rather get a bargain on an item in "non-working" condition (tempered with a certain amount of knowledge about what kinds of "non-working conditions" are easy to fix) and have it serviced by an expert repair technician in that particular item or brand, than have a "working" item that hasn't had a CLA in over 20 years. Most of my Bronica items have been serviced by Frank Marshman. My Linhofs have been serviced by Marflex, and I know they're functionally as good as new. Some LF shutters I work on myself, if they're not too complicated.
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    Posted wirelessly..

    I agree with David. Educated bargain purchase + pro CLA/repair leaves me feeling much more confident with used gear.
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    I think David's is a sensible approach, if you want to buy equipment, but I'm happy with what I have, we don't expect our washing machines or cars etc..to last twenty years without some maintainence I would think that the vast majority of the cameras and lenses of that age have had none, yet we still expect them towork reliably.
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    A lot of sellers are over-optimistic so I take their statements with a pinch of salt... When buying a camera, I always include the CLA charge ($100-150) to estimate the real price I am willing to pay.

    Take care.

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    It depends on the camera, some of my stuff has a sentimental value to it. I will go a little farther on the expense.

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