Block Party rainbow; camera woes

Just at sunset during the latest block party, there was a mild rain shower, and this glorious rainbow appeared.  I managed to snap a shot, despite the fact that my camera was staring to malfunction.

This one came out OK, but many of my photos have started to be underexposed or just plain black  (despite being on the right settings, even in the automatic mode).  I need to either repair or replace the camera… Anybody know of a place nearby where I can get a Sony camera repaired? It’s not under warrantee anymore (it’s a year and a half old, and – silly me – I didn’t get an extended warrantee), so Sony will charge me a flat fee of $250 to repair it. Buying a brand new camera body of the same kind would cost $500.  I’m torn between repairing it – it’s a great camera! – and upgrading to a new model…

Fr. Matthew Green

10 thoughts on “Block Party rainbow; camera woes

  1. When my cameras break I use them as “seconds” for experimental and backup. For an example, I have a camera I can take out in the rain and not worry about it. Technology is always improving, my advice is to get the latest and greatest!

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      1. Not the regular batteries, the other battery. It should have standard rechargables also, but there should be one of those flat batteries like you put in a watch that keeps the computer clock inside the camera correct. If that battery starts to die that is when these issues typically happen. What model camera is it?

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  2. Try changing out the battery before you send it for repair or replace it. The flat “watch-style” battery can sometimes cause those exact problems. Worth trying a $2 fix.

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    1. That’s a good idea, but I tried that… It uses a special rechargeable battery, but I have two of them, and the same problem happens with both. It does look like a power problem, but it seems to be in the camera, not the batteries.

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  3. Your dilemma is similar to mine when my used 2005 iMac melted a year ago. Should I buy another used computer for $700 and nurse it along, or shell an additional $1,000 for a brand new 27″ iMac. As you know, I got the new one, and haven’t regretted it. My advice: Invest in a better camera instead of throwing $250 after the older broken one.

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