My camera had a bad fall during my recent assignment, and thankfully I get to know Camera Hospital thru word of mouth. This article is not a sponsored post because I genuinely feel that it’s hard to find a reliable camera repair shop in Singapore.
Hence, I would like to share this a worthy piece of info with fellow photographers in Singapore.
How did it happen
I was covering an interior shoot for a client with my Fujifilm X-T2 with the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens, and I had mounted the camera body on the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod. The tripod is pretty sturdy and I blamed myself that I didn’t secure the plate securely. Since the wide lens is heavy, the camera weight distribution was lopsided, and it fell onto the ground from shoulder height; as a result, the camera assembly broke into half (so was my heart).
What happened next
I was lucky that I have completed 95% of the shoot, and covered the rest with my mobile phone. I packed the broken pieces into my camera bag, whined to my friends in the Whatsapp group chat and Fujifilm ClubX (Facebook group), went home, kiss my wife and kids goodnight, procrastinating to see the actual damage the next day.
My primary examination
The next day I placed my the broken camera no my man cave desk for my initial analysis.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm – I can’t spot any broken or scratches on the lens element when I look thru the lens. The lens mount was dislodged and stuck to the camera body.
Fujifilm X-T2 – The lens mount was stuck to the camera body leaving the camera sensor exposed, no scratches found on the sensor; it remained unharmed, sadly the 3 inch rear display was cracked.
Experience with Camera Hospital
I cradled my broken camera to Sunshine Plaza where Steven took in my broke camera and lens. After a few days, Steven called me up to inform me that he will need to replace the mounts and re-calibrate the focus for both camera and lens. He will also need to replace the rear LCD panel too. He gave me an estimated quote for about $600ish, and I gave him the green light to proceed with the repair.
Beyond My Expectations
A few days later, Steve called me up and told me that the camera and lens were repaired. As I entered the “hospital”, Steven handed the camera back to me, it was as good as new!
To top it up, the final bill was only $530.00. The Camera Hospital has genuinely exceeded beyond my expectations.