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iris lily
1-15-11, 7:35am
Some months ago I posted my dilemma of fixing, for the 2nd time, a camera. The first fix was free but not the second. It wasn't a matter of money, I just wanted to hang on to the cmaera I had although it was not expensive or unusual.)

Mistake.

It's stopped aorking again, antoher issue. Now it's time to jettison it.

You all advised me the first time to just let it go! oh well.
Will have to get a new one now.

CathyA
1-15-11, 8:07am
I forget what kind of camera you have. But just in case its a Canon Powershot A80, the company will fix it for free if its a sensor problem. They got a bad batch of sensors several years back and they are replacing them for free. I sent mine in and they fixed it and shipped it for free. My camera was at least 10 years old when this happened.

iris lily
1-15-11, 11:22am
I think it IS that camera and we had it fixed the first time for free. The second time--similar probelm, but not free. This time, problem?

Time to let it go, I think.

kib
1-15-11, 11:25am
Just have to say, I was laughing with DH the other day about how sometimes it's not so bad to be "forced" into splurging on something you might ordinarily have avoided. Not ideal, but sort of a silver lining - those new cameras are so nice! :~)

iris lily
1-15-11, 11:32am
are they? why will it be nice? I dont' want to learn another camera. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

kib
1-15-11, 11:44am
:( Sorry. But my neighbors just got one and it's so small and sleek and the battery lasts forever and the number of pixels (or whatever that number is) is something that was unheard of when I bought mine, incredibly clear sharp pictures and lots of storage space - and a really fast reload time. I have to wait between pictures so while it's better than the old way, I still miss good shots waiting for the camera to think. I was having definite camera envy. But I know, I know. For $300 or less I could have one too, but for the moment mine is working just fine, and I'd probably do first aid on it before I'd switch. >8)

CathyA
1-15-11, 11:49am
I have a little camera (the Powershot A80) and a big one (SLR), and I still love the small one the most!
I don't learn much about either of them. I just point and shoot. Some day I should really learn how to use them!

iris lily
1-15-11, 11:52am
kib, this is useful. You are right that the reload/thinking time is too long.

I hadn't planned to spend $300 on a new one, I figured we'd get one of the tiny ones for around $100. But maybe I need to upgrade that thought.

But DH thinks he can fix original camera, and maybe he can.

redfox
1-15-11, 12:08pm
Sad... and thanks for using the word kaplunk. Awesome!

kib
1-15-11, 12:38pm
kib, this is useful. You are right that the reload/thinking time is too long.

I hadn't planned to spend $300 on a new one, I figured we'd get one of the tiny ones for around $100. But maybe I need to upgrade that thought.

But DH thinks he can fix original camera, and maybe he can.Well, fingers crossed then. Scanning my memory, I think they actually paid $189. He said $289 and then she said oh, no, it wasn't that much.

iris lily
1-15-11, 12:43pm
ha ha, as I think about it, it is properly "kerplunk." probably, but with slang, who knows.

Float On
1-15-11, 1:11pm
I've been in camera withdrawl myself. My good camera, the one I use for glass photoshoots, all our advertizing shots, etc., etc. has a lens problem. I've sent the lens off to see if it can be repaired, hopefully it can and will be under $200. Otherwise to replace the lens will be around $700.

kib
1-15-11, 1:14pm
ha ha, as I think about it, it is properly "kerplunk." probably, but with slang, who knows.Or ... you combined defunct and kaput for a whole new word. Awesome!

mtnlaurel
1-18-11, 2:44am
I feel for you.

We had a very early Kodak and just LOVED it. Lasted a long time for how hard we are on a camera - taking it hiking, etc, etc. It finally just died.

Since then we have had THE WORST luck with cameras.

One thing I have learned in the process - if you should purchase it at Best Buy - if you buy a less expensive camera (I think under $150 or so) and have trouble with it, they will replace it in the store with another model. If it's a more expensive camera they have to send it off. Check me on that. But when ours died right before Christmas I learned this and it seemed to me - Why in the world did we choose the more expensive camera to begin with if that's the case!

iris lily
1-18-11, 6:43am
DH managed to fix this one, it was a battery problem, but not the usual one. For a few mohths it will work.

simplelife2
1-21-11, 11:53am
I heard a rule of thumb that if something costs 50% or more to fix it than the cost of replacing it, the financially sound thing to do is just replace it.

In the area of technology, you can get so much more for the same price in just a year or two.

Float On
1-21-11, 12:06pm
Good news on my camera lens. It was repaired for $136 and has a new 6 mt warrenty on that repair. I've decided it's time to start a savings for another spare lens.