There are those who would never, under any circumstances, attempt to repair a camera -- let alone a tiny submini. And, of course, there are others who have eagerly jumped into several cameras and ended up with a pile of parts instead of a usable tool. Wherever you fall on the do-it-yourself continuum, there are a few points to keep in mind. First, repairing a camera yourself, is not always an impossible task. Second, it's best not to take on more than you can chew.
If you are wondering if camera repair is for you, ask yourself these questions. Do you currently have a camera that is not operating correctly? Do you have any interest in repairing it yourself? Can you find anyone else who can repair it at a reasonable, appropriate price? Do you have the time to tinker with your camera? Are you a methodical person?
Remember that a camera repair can range from a loose screw to a complete
rebuild. Most repairs are actually minor -- cleaing out some accumulated
dirt, oiling a joint, tightening a screw or straightening a piece of metal.
The hard part is knowing what part is causing the trouble and then
getting to the part. One place to start is the library or book store.
The books listed below will give you a good idea about the obstacles
that you will face. (Check out the
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LEARN CAMERA REPAIR
It has hundred of repair manuals, service manuals, parts lists, exploded views, etc. for cameras, lenses, flashes, and other gear. It also offers lots of learning material. And, yes, some of the material covers some subminis.
A good next step is to work on a dummy camera. There are many broken cameras that can be purchased for next to nothing -- and sometimes nothing. Once, I almost had a guy pay me to take a camera away! The junker that you buy won't have the same problem as your camera, but it will give you experience with taking things apart and putting them back together. And who knows, you might even fix the darn thing. And if you don't, you'll only be out a couple of bucks and a couple of hours. If you don't like these waters, don't go any deeper.
Here are some sample repair job tips to help encourage you.
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