Camera Repairs


After more than a year of general neglect and many months bouncing about in a bar bag, my ever faithful Canon 20D was beginning to complain. Loudly. The exposure compensation had packed in, the on/off switch was playing up and dust seemed to be stuck to the sensor. I was dreading the innevitable big £££ to invest in a new body, especially as there’s not one on the market that’s significantly better than what I have – without spending a lot more cashola.

As luck would have it, miracles have been worked by Bristol’s Black on White, a small, professional repairing outfit in Westbury Park. I dropped it in for a sensor clean and to see if they could figure out what was wrong, and a few days later it was ready. ‘Bit, er, dirty in there, ‘ they commented after their open surgery on the body. Apparently the camera innards were jammed with a fine sand and dust – that would be Ladakhi sand and dust, I expect. In any case, it now feels as good as new. Having exposure compensation back is great, and being able to rely on it actually turning on is nice too. The bill was £60 plus VAT, which I thought was a bargain, considering the sensor clean alone is £23. So if you’re having camera complaints, I highly recommend them.

Simon has posted a bit about Camera Armor, from the US, on his site. Could be worth a try…


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