If the retailer did this with ebay etc. to compete with they would have to charge such high prices nobody would buy them, especially if they guarantee the equipment as well there is always the possibility of an addition cost to the company if the equipment goes wrong under warranty, however there's nothing stopping you from buying them and having the refurbished at an independent camera repair facility yourself.
Originally Posted by nolanr66
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I wouldn't be too quick to gnash my teeth over this. In perspective, cameras, photography, art - it's all pretty small time stuff. If film goes away in my lifetime I'll just move completely on to digital. Digital cameras make fine images. If you need an image made of something you can make that image with a digicam. People get WAY too caught up in preserving what they do right now instead of embracing change. Change is the only constant in the universe. Change is coming.
Relax. Enjoy today, but don't cling to today as if it's the only good that will ever brighten your life.
In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.
Perhaps the biggest factor in commercial refurbishment of cameras is that, in rhe EU at least, certain solders or similar stuff was banned from use in commercial products (maybe different for "private" use) and manufacturers at the time junked models rather than revamp the pc circut boards etc - Hass x-pan is one that springs to mind - this could mean that replacing circut boards might be very difficult. I don't know.
As to the mechanical cameras, I think that the practical knowledge is begining to be lost. It may be possible to replicate a worn cog with new materials but how to do this maybe an archane science soon.
Based partly on the difficulty in finding someone to clean/maintain/repair an old wind-up clock.
My Nikon F and F2 never have needed a fix en 50 years. I still shoot with them often
Originally Posted by Erik Petersson
From 1975 to 1995 I had only one camera, an Olympus OM-1.
Originally Posted by hoffy
From 1995 to 2005 I had two cameras, added a Minolta P&S.
Now I have 16 film cameras and 4 d's. I feel like a hoarder.
I think it's time to send some back into the wild.
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I bought an FM2 after the FE broke down. I also have two FED3´s. They won´t break!
Originally Posted by Pumalite
I've had all my cameras professionally serviced in the last twelve months, because I like the cameras I have and don't want to give up a medium I understand for one I don't, it cost a lot less than buying myself a digital SLR , they are all now like new, and at my age they should last me out.
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I have obtained several (at least 7) canon rebels of various models.
I am hoarding them because they will eventually break or wear out, and I want to have a few camera bodies in reserve.
In the meantime, at any given point in time I typically keep several of them loaded with different types of film, something that can be quite handy.
Also, since the bodies are so light it is convenient to have the same type of film loaded in each of several camera bodies, with a different lens on each body. In some ways carrying around two or three units like this can sometimes be more convenient than changing lenses on a single body.
I think the same way, I also load different film and use them; my F601(2x), F65, F100 and F4S, 2nd hand, they didn't cost as much as a cheap new *i*i*a* SLR all together so I also have some "spares" around; 30 or 40€ for a F65 or F601body doesn't brake the bank... :-)
Give me some more E6 film…
Change is not the only Constant in Life; Taxes and Death too.
Originally Posted by Wolfeye