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Where do photographers get their cameras repaired? - United Kingdom

Over the last 9 months Cameraventures has been researching the current state of analog photography around the world, interviewing hundreds of people from CEOs integral to the industry, to upcoming young enthusiasts. We have gone on to undertake a survey of over 7500 analog enthusiasts from around the globe so that we can see how vibrant, varied and ultimately how healthy the analog camera scene is. This all with the hope that we can answer whether analog photography has what it takes to survive and be appreciated by the generations to come. If you’ve already taken part in our survey then we’d like to thank you for helping with this project, and if you’re yet to do so you can still take part at: https://cameraventures.com/save-analog-form

They don’t make cameras quite like they used to, right? That’s possibly one of the reasons we’re all here united in our interest for analog gear in a predominantly digital age. While analog equipment tends to have been built to last, it’s inevitable that over a long enough period of time any object with moving parts will need adjusting or repairing. If you’ve ever had a roll come back all with missed focus or light leaks you’ll know the feeling - or worse had a camera fail on you completely. Whether you’re a professional getting your rangefinder adjusted, an enthusiast getting your light seals looked at or a newcomer wanting to get your new find up and running, it’s good to know whether there’s help out there.

With the mass move to digital cameras, which often seem to get replaced rather than repaired, analog camera repair can almost seem like a lost art form. Today we’re looking at the results we found in our survey where we asked people how they would look to service or repair their equipment. In the UK we found that 47% would have their equipment serviced or repaired by a local store, 28% would undertake the repairs themselves, 12% would send their equipment to a store with a large online presence, 8% would use someone they’d met on an online forum and 5% would use a local hobbyist.

What we can find perhaps interesting in the results is how photographers are seemingly more trusting of local brick and mortar stores for their repairs, whereas the general trend with sales is often to favour shopping online. We also see a significant number of photographers opting to work on their own equipment or entrusting the work to an online forum member. With information becoming more available through the internet, we are perhaps seeing an effect on the access people are able to have when it comes to camera repair instructions or locating specialists through forums.

If you’re in a fix and don’t have access to a trustworthy local repair shop, or don’t fancy having a go yourself, we also have the survey results when it comes to camera repair recommendations. When it comes to getting gear repaired, maintained or adjusted, some of the most popular suggestions from our survey included: Aperture UK in London, Cameratiks in Edinburgh, Miles Whitehead in Kent, Newton Ellis in Liverpool, Red Dot Cameras in London, Real Camera in Manchester and Sean Dean Cameras in London. This is certainly far from an exhaustive list of those who can carry out work in the UK but should hopefully provide a good start for anyone on the lookout.

About the author: Christian Hopewell is a journalism student at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Christian has worked as a photographer around Sheffield and the north of England covering nightlife, music and events. You can find Christian’s work at www.facebook.com/HopewellPhoto or follow him at www.Instagram.com/Lazydreads