If something is wrong with the camera feature in your phone, it needs to go to Sprint, Verizon, or whatever provider you have. But if you have actual photographic equipment that is acting up, like a nice DSLR camera, for example, you need to take it to the International Camera Repair in Pasadena.
Two years ago my Nikon began giving me a message instead of a picture every time I hit the shutter. As most anyone would do, I first “googled” for an answer. I even considered opening up the darn thing to see if I could figure something out. But I then came to my senses and instead searched for camera shops in the area. In one of them I was told that I needed to leave the camera, along with $200, so that they could send it to their technician, who in turn would let me know what the real repair cost would be. I was further notified that it may cost up to $800. Yeah, right… that’s what I said.
Then a friend of mine, well actually the photo editor of the newspaper I wrote for, recommended that I take it to Mike at the International Camera Repair. Mike is this affable man, with a European accent that I haven’t been able to pinpoint, who in just minutes concluded my shutter was most likely dead and gave me an estimate to replace it that was about one third of the price I had been quoted anywhere else. Within a couple of weeks, my camera was back to normal.
Then recently something weird happened again. My pictures were coming out cloudy, colorless. I messed with all the settings until I concluded the problem wasn’t anything I could fix myself. And this time I went directly to Mike. I had my camera back in just two days, working like a beauty, and at a reasonable price.
So take it from me, you can save yourself much pain and suffering, and money, by taking your camera or video camera to Mike. It is a small shop but the minute you walk in you’ll know that cameras are his business.
The International Camera Repair is located at 1186 East Walnut Street in Pasadena. You can learn more at http://www.intlcamerarepair.com or call Mike at (626) 440-0699.
Dena Burroughs photo