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How much is too much?

youmightlikethis Avatar
17 Jun 2022 5:22AM
how much would you consider for paying for a camera repair as against buying a new camera
LenShepherd Avatar
LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
17 Jun 2022 7:46AM
Usually about 50% of current street price of a new lens or body with a UK warranty. I consider a good starting point for new street prices.

If a product is currently on long back-order then obviously pay more for a repair.

There are a few products - such as the Nikon 24-70 f4 S regularly heavily discounted as part of a kit - where second hand near mint or mint from a reputable dealer is less than half the best new street price of a new single item lens. For this type of example maybe as little as 25% of a new single item lens.
Silverlake Avatar
17 Jun 2022 9:29AM
I think it depends on the circumstances. If it was an old model I might be more tempted to replace with a newer, higher spec camera, so wouldn't pay as much for a repair. If I already had several cameras I might downsize and not pay for a repair at all. If I did want it back I'd look at secondhand prices and perhaps pay up to 50% of those.
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Carabosse Plus
20 44.3k 270 England
17 Jun 2022 2:44PM
I would say maybe 50% of its current (used) value, as opposed to the new price.

Unless it's something with potential to be a collector's item.
DarrenSmithPhotography Avatar
17 Jun 2022 5:12PM
its always worth getting a quote for a repair and seeing if/ how it compares to the 2nd hand price of the same lens

you can then also sell the broken lens as spares
Carabosse Avatar
Carabosse Plus
20 44.3k 270 England
17 Jun 2022 5:29PM
You see plenty of photographic equipment on (eg) eBay "for spares".

Presumably these are all uneconomic to repair or the owners don't want the hassle. But they all have a value.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
17 Jun 2022 7:45PM
In my almost 50 year of serious photography the only camera even to fail was my first SLR a Praktica Nova. It was second hand and failed after 12 months. It was sufficient for me to be convinced I was into SLR's and from then on only bought new which I think is why I have not had any faults. As an amateur I do not work my cameras as hard and look after them. I gave old cameras for my daughter to sell on ebay and keep the money. I did not initially offer her the broken Praktica but I think she did eventually sell it "for Spares".

Stevetheroofer Avatar
17 Jun 2022 9:21PM
My Sony RX10mk 3 fell out my rucksack and cost me £250 to have it fixed second hand value was about £700 at the time. A couple of months after getting it fixed it was stolen along with my drone, motorhome, laptop a couple of lenses and the insurance company wiggled and I only had the motorhome sorted.



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