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Seeking professional camera repair services? Maybe it would be smarter (and cheaper) to buy a brand new one. Check out this Q&A to see what people are saying.

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Photography Question 

member since: 10/24/2004
  1 .  Broken Dreams
I have had a Fuji s2pro for a month. It detached itself from the strap and hit the concrete. The prism came out. Is it worth getting fixed, or do I just go away and sob? I love this camera. I have a wedding in N.Z. in two weeks. I am so upset

10/24/2004 3:59:00 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/17/2003
  OUCH! ... I know how you feel. I once had one of my cameras, with a $900 lens, go tumbling end-over-end down a rocky hillside and land in a stream. It hurts a lot at first, but we learn from it and move on.
Since your camera is only a month old, and "detached itself" from the strap, you may be eligible for a warranty repair. Even if you're not, it would still be wise to get an estimate for repairs. It might not be as bad as you think.

10/24/2004 5:28:13 AM

Bill Boswell

member since: 3/22/2004
  I am sorry to hear that. If you purchased with a credit card it may offer some coverage. Good luck.

10/26/2004 4:53:15 AM

Gregg Vieregge

member since: 11/10/2000
  I had my S2 fall off the tripod, and you can guess the rest. Fortunately, I had it insured with a $200 deductible, so the $440 repair wasn't such a bad hit. Go towards seeing if the warranty will cover. As far as the strap, I have my wife sew through the double straps for extra security. Also sometimes the places where you bought it from will loan you a camera free of charge while yours is being repaired. This is a good place for repairs.

10/26/2004 9:09:50 AM

Karrel Buckingham
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member since: 1/28/2004
  I had a similar, but not as devastating, experience with my Fuji FinePix s7000. The first time I took it out, one of the straps detached. It had been on correctly, but slipped off. Fortunately, I was holding it tight and it didn't fall against anything. So I immediately exchanged the cheap leather tongs & tin rings with thicker rings and metal hooks. I feel much safer now. I think it is a Fuji problem.

10/27/2004 4:24:05 PM

  Most people have significant money tied up in their camera equipment. So, invariably, you should have insurance covering the replacement cost of all your gear!! Talk to your homeowners insurance agent. Get a rider put on it for your camera gear. I have over $10,000 worth of equipement covered with my rider. It only costs me $160.00 a year, with no dedutible for claims! It doesn't matter how you screw up with a rider, it's covered. Drop it in a lake and can't get it back ... covered ... drop it on the floor and break it ... covered ... etc., etc. It's a must-have and a great piece of mind!!!

10/30/2004 2:57:15 PM

Faye Bishop

member since: 6/30/2003
  I agree with Heather. My camera went for a swim at a local beach. Sea water and sand and cameras don't mix. It was completely covered by my householders insurance and I was so relieved that I didn't mind the great photos I had lost.

I would recommend insurance for sure.

Faye Bishop

11/2/2004 4:44:28 PM

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Aleksandar Novkovski

member since: 9/7/2002
  2 .  I get white dots on my pics. Anyone know why?
© Aleksandar Novkovski
  The Cross Over Lantern
The Cross Over Lantern
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© Aleksandar Novkovski
  Water Fountain
Water Fountain
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I just developed my first film with the zenith 122 I bought last week. What surprised me is that I got these funny little white dots on my photos. They appear in most of my photos (but not all), and they're always on a different place in the photo. Another problem is that when I scan my photos the scannner seems to blur them (cheap scanner) so they don't appear as bad in the JPEG's as on the photos themselves. In reality they're alot sharper and noticeable. Example: The fountain pic. In the scan it might appear that the noted white dot could be a water drop flying off from the fountain. But in the actual photo its really sharp and you can clearly see its not a water drop flying as that would be blurred at the shutter speed of 1/250.

I'm a novice scanner so the pics appear abit darker as well than reality aswell sorry. This is also my first film ever on a non-"point and shoot" so be gentle :)

9/7/2002 10:39:26 AM

Peggy D. Odegard-Coleman

member since: 12/6/2002
  Dear Aleksandar,
This did happend to me also and it was the place that I had my film developed and processed. I don't use that place anymore. When I spoke to one of their technicians, they said the company they work for doesn't do any preventative maintenance on their photo equipment. After that, I decided that I'd no longer use their services. I hope this helps.

9/19/2003 4:25:17 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/11/2003
  Looks like dust. Could be fixer that dried on you negative. look on the negative and see if you see a permanent spot on the same place as it is on one of the photos that has a spot.

11/25/2003 1:43:15 AM

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Elizabeth A. Holmes

member since: 6/4/2002
  3 .  No Images
I just spent an entire day taking the greatest pictures - I thought. I can't tell you how dissapointed I was when I went to the 1hour (I know, I know...but I was so anxious!) Anyway, both rolls have absolutely nothing on them. The manager showed me the negatives and they appeared to be clear. Please tell me it's possible they did "something" wrong and it probably is not my brand new Nikon N65.
Thanks. Ann

7/7/2002 10:26:40 PM

Steve A. Stephens

member since: 11/26/2003
  well..two things coulda is that the film never wound on the takeup reel and thus was never exposed...or was exposed during the processing phase of the instructions on film winding and loading again to make sure your doing it right...go out and shoot some test pic's and take it to a different of luck...

12/1/2003 6:32:12 PM

Peggy Wolff
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member since: 2/26/2003
  This happened to me when I first bought all my studio lights. They kept coming back absolutly blank. It ended up being that the cord was plugged in upside down (there is no way of telling what is right side up)and somehow the sinc was going off but not working with the camera correctly. Are you working with a light meter to make sure that your shutter speed and F-stops are correct? I would take one more roll of film and do so some of them on auto, some of them on your appature prefference and some with shutter preference and see if it makes a difference. Then have a different lab process them (Sams club is cheap and has a one hour)and see if they still come out clear. Then if they do bring back your new camera with the 3 rolls of film and show them.

12/18/2003 7:30:16 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  clear negatives and visible negative numbers means the film wasn't loaded correctly, not the lab. Or could be that the shutter wasn't opening at all, but my bet is that the film wasn't loaded correctly.
But if there's a hint of something there, then your exposure is way off by about 3-4 f/stops for some reason.

12/18/2003 10:34:38 AM

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