Sometimes it is worth having your analogue camera repaired instead of getting a replacement. Read on to find out why.
It was a sad evening, when my Rollei XF 35 broke all of a sudden. The lens came off and I was not able to fix it.
I looked up what it would cost to get a new used XF 35 all over the Internet. At the same time, I found someone, who can repair old Rollei cameras. I sent him a picture of my broken camera and asked him, how much it would cost to repair the damage. I was positively surprised about his answer: it was the same amount as buying a new used XF35.
I sent him the camera and asked if he’d also fix the trigger button. About 4 weeks later, I got the camera back. It looked almost like it’s brand new. Not only did they fix the lens mount and the trigger button, but they also painted the film advance lever anew. They also adjusted the electronics in such way that even with non mercury batteries, I get correct exposures every time. Prior to this fix, I had to set the film speed slower than what actually was inside the camera, to get somewhat properly exposed pictures.
To sum it up, having my Rollei XF 35 repaired was the better choice than getting a replacement on the Internet. The costs were the same, however, the outcome from the repair shop was much better because of the adjusted electronics. If you have trouble with a worn-out or broken analogue camera, refurbishing or repairing can be a good option.