I've been breaking my cameras for decades.
Here are the places with which I've had good luck.
Just as important as fixing the camera is that a real repairman leaves no tracks: no marks on the screw heads or anywhere to suggest that he's been inside the camera. If you get a camera back and there are marks on it, that was a bad repair. I refer to these marks as "technician tracks."
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Nikon & Canon Digital top
For current digital cameras, I always send them straight to the manufacturer's own repair facility closest to me.
Even when independent repair facilities are Nikon or Canon certified or trained, neither Nikon nor Canon give independent shops full access to all the test equipment or tools needed for in-depth service of DSLRs and point-and-shoots.
Independents can clean and do most things, but if I really break a DSLR, I send it directly to Canon or Nikon because I know they have the most complete facilities. That said, both Canon and Nikon have referred me to my local authorized independent for DSLR repairs, when they thought I could just walk in locally.
I've had very good results with both Canon and Nikon's repair depots.
Nikon Film Cameras top
For older cameras, as well as newer cameras for which Nikon no longer stocks parts, these are the guys I've used.
None of these guys has a website; they do repairs, not websites.
TLC Camera Repair
Gus can fix anything, and never leaves any tracks. He fixes classic Leica cameras, too, so Nikons are easy for him. Gus has worked on many cameras for me.
Berrie is one of the guys Nikon sends out to large sporting events to provide live repair and sensor cleaning service to the NPS pros covering the event.
He's also an independent repairman. I sent him an FE that needed repair, and it came back quite clean. I haven't sent him anything else yet.
Canon Film Cameras top
A reader sent me a Canon T90 that had the usual EEE shutter error. I looked for a T90 repairman, and it turns out that Steven is a T90 specialist.
Since I had him on the phone, I also sent him a New F-1 and a Canon A-1, as well as a T90, for overhaul.
Everything came back working perfectly, and looking far better and cleaner than when I sent it in.
I've had fantastic work done by each of these places, and both of them will repair anything from anywhere. I only marked them West and East for convenience in shipping.
OC Camera is an authorized Leica dealer, and has had a repairman on-site full-time.
It gets fixed, and never shows any technician tracks. OC Camera specializes in high-end and collectible cameras, so they have the very pickiest customers.
I'd send OC Camera anything for repair, especially if its valuable.
Gus has been fixing anything LEICA that I can throw his way, especially screw-mount and other LEICA delicacies from the 1950s.
Not only does Gus get it fixed, he never leaves any marks. The more complex and delicate and difficult the repair, the more excited Gus gets. Unlike other repair shops who won't touch old cameras for fear of breaking them, Gus knows how to rebuild and repair anything. He's not just swapping parts.
I have never been able to stump Gus with anything he couldn't fix well.
Of course Gus fixes Nikon and Canon, too.
I've even had Gus work on sealed LEICA M3s, preserving the L seal. Gus is the guy for LEICA repairs.
If it's worth having done right, it's worth sending to Gus. The even better news is that his pricing is still a lot less than you'd expect for LEICA repairs. Gus charges only about $225 + parts in 2011 for LEICA body overhauls. Don't expect Gus to stay this inexpensive for long; he's getting very busy, for good reason.
Local Shops top
These two shops do repairs on just about anything.
I use them because they are local to me.
As listed under Leica Repair, Gus works full-time at this specialty used dealer, and seems to be knowledgeable in anything worth fixing.
Kurt's has been in San Diego since 1975, and I've used them since the 1980s. In 1997, they adjusted the rangefinder to my Mamiya 7.
I haven't used them recently, however everyone who uses them tells me they are as good as ever. They are factory authorized for Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Minolta.
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