How much does camera repair usually cost?

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  1. explody pup

    explody pup TPF Noob!

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    I was given a Yashica FRII a while back but it has some problems: there's a light leak somehwere (I don't know where since I've yet to put a roll through it), shutter sometimes sticks, film advance mechanism seems to be a bit stripped - it slips a lot when I cock it, and the light meter no longer works - this isn't a battery issue since the auto-exposure works (not so much of a priority since I can't take it off of auto-exposure, anyway).

    But considering this is a $50 camera on eBay, I don't know if I should even bother getting a quote since I can't imagine someone doing this for less, unless, of course, I have no idea what I'm talking about, which is usually the case.

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    airgunr TPF Noob!

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    I just had my Canon AE-1 sent in for shutter repair and a general overhaul/lube. With shipping it cost about $175. About what I would pay for a used one but it is in like new condition now.

    I sent it to KEH.

    You can login to their web site and get a general quote online. http://www.keh.com
     
  3. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I think the minimum repair cost would be $75+, and probably more.
     
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    malachite Heavily Medicated For Your Protection

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    Tempe Camera starts out at $60 if they can fix it within an hour or two. That doesn't include parts cost though. Most places will give you a free quote (minus S&H if appilcable) which seems to be an industry standard that's catching on in the camera world.
     
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    explody pup TPF Noob!

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    That's pretty much what I figured. I'd sell off the lenses, but I don't think I'd get that much. I might just keep it to tinker around with to see if I can fix it myself.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I'm not sure what models are available, but I was looking at Yashica SLRs on Ebay a few months back, and there were a lot that were described as clean and functioning going for under $20.
     
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    You're looking at around 100+, easy. When I took my Linhof's LENS in to get it repaired it cost close to 300 bucks, thankfully my employer paid for it =D

    I'm not sure how much Yashica's go for these days but I think it'd be better getting a new camera.
     

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