Thursday, August 15, 2013

What would the camera repairman say?

I've just had a terrible time. I tried cleaning dust of my D300 camera sensor and ended up scratching it to pieces!
I looked at the Nikon site to find an approved repair center and ended up sending it to a place listed on there site in Glasgow. When they saw it they were quite impressed how badly I had damaged the sensor...and the repair bill was £570+VAT. I can pick up a mint used one for £399 from Mifsuds, so that was out of the question.
However, there is a solution, so if you have done the same, read this:
This company specializes in IR camera conversions.
Now, the important thing to realize is that there is nothing actually wrong with the sensor! It's actually the filter in front of it, also called the 'hot mirror'.
The place in Glasgow charged so much because this mirror isn't supplied as a replacement on it's own, it's supplied as a whole sensor unit...hence the steep price.
An IR company takes that filter off the camera and replaces it with an IR one...which means:
1: They have spares
2: They can convert to IR to fix it. Charge about £100 to replace the mirror/filter, but you will want to make sure they have your make. They charge £250 for a full conversion.