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A death in the family

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My beloved Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is broken.

My kid brother accidentally dropped it a couple weeks ago. A two foot fall has resulted in a five second grinding noise whenever the camera is turned on. The auto focus works on the lens, the light meter still works… the only thing that doesn’t happen is actually having a photograph taken when I hit the button.

I feel like I’m mourning. I want to wear all black.

I took my camera to Woodward Camera in Birmingham and they quoted the repair at $400. I spent $450 just buying the body two years ago. My budget is about $100.

Of course, repairing a DSLR is a big enough deal in itself without taking into consideration that it’s a brand that is no longer in business. Labor is expected to be expensive but now I potentially have to worry about parts just because they may not be readily available if anything needs to be replaced.

I’ve done some research and the only thing I’ve found in my price range is an online company called Teleplan Camera Repair. They offer repair specifically for a 7D with my problem for a flat $102. My issue with this is the fact that I have found mixed reviews with the company. Some people had wonderful and fast service. Other people swear that the company is the devil and to steer clear of it.

My options are limited. I can’t afford to take my camera anywhere else but I don’t want to waste my money or have something happen to it (further damage, never having it returned, etc.). I’m at a crossroads (why is that plural?) and even worse than that is the annoyance of now relying on my 1.3MP camera phone to take pictures.

If anyone has had experience with Teleplan, I’d love to hear about it. And other affordable options for getting my poor camera fixed would be equally helpful.

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Written by becklo

July 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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  1. I too am VERY interested as to whether Teleplan actually fixes cameras in a decent amount of time. Please let me know what happens!

    val

    July 30, 2010 at 4:30 am

    • I remember reading this post, but apparently I didn’t comment on it. 😦 How is the camera? Did you get it back yet?

      Sara

      September 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

      • Camera’s still broken, Becklo’s still sad. 😦

        becklo

        September 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    • Unfortunately, I still haven’t heard anything one way or another that enlightens me about Teleplan. It’s been three months without a camera and at this point, I’m actually considering saying “to hell with it” and sending it in with my fingers crossed, hoping for the best.

      becklo

      September 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm


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