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Old 15-09-2007, 22:15   #1 (permalink)
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my head is crushed

Hello,

I have a hitachi & hdc-646e camera 6mp camera that I'm very happy with ...until my 6 six old son was chasing my 3 year old daughter on a beach near North Berwick with watergun in hand ....can you see what's coming next?

Yep, a pit-stop of chasing his sister seemed a good idea when he thought that daddy sitting on the beach trying to capture the kodak (sorry hitachi) moment:

He came, he saw and he blasted me right in the kisser...although the photo of it is quite good - my camera didn't seem to appreciate the incident.

RESULT
- my camera at first didn't want to open and shut its little black shutters
- then the prodtruding part didn't retract
- the message error 2 now comes up on the camera
- the camera lets me view the pictures on the memory card - but isn't up for normal camera taking duties

HELP - can anybody suggest what I should do - repair it? clean it? take it to Jessops or somewhere? or buy another one?

Any help would be much appreciated.

many thanks
Alan
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Old 15-09-2007, 22:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: my head is crushed

to be honest if it still isnt working after drying out properly i would be inclinced to buy a new one cos the price you will be charged for having it repaired will more than likely be more than the price of buying a similar camera.


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Old 15-09-2007, 22:32   #3 (permalink)
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Re: my head is crushed

Sorry to hear about your bad luck.

I was in Jessops today and overhead someone asking the staff if they repaired cameras.
Yes was the reply but it isn't cheap. We send the camera back to the manufacturer and prices start from 80 quid for basic faults.

I'd be inclined to purchase a similar camera as well although that's probably just what you didn't want to hear.

Welcome to Pixalo from it's second newest member after you. If you do decide to get a new camera try cameras2u or a similar respected Photographic web sites instead of Jessops for your new camera. I bought a UV filter from them this morning at 29 quid and found the same one online for 10 quid cheaper. Jessops in my opinion are like PC World and prey on 'Joe Publics' ignorance of prices.

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Old 15-09-2007, 22:34   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for that Fi.
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Old 15-09-2007, 22:55   #5 (permalink)
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HELP - can anybody suggest what I should do
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I'd remove the battery and leave the camera in your airing cupboard for a couple of days with all of the things that open, open.

When it is thoroughly dry it will either work, or not. Either way, you will know what to do!
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Old 15-09-2007, 22:59   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads up on Jessops Dan that's saved me a trek to the shops.

And that's top notch advice dabhand16 I'll certainly give that a try right now - thanks very much.
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Hi Alan, I can't really add any advice to what's already been given, so I'll just say... it's good to have you at Pixalo!

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Cheers Sonsey.
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Sorry to hear about your bad luck.

Welcome to Pixalo from it's second newest member after you. If you do decide to get a new camera try cameras2u or a similar respected Photographic web sites instead of Jessops for your new camera. I bought a UV filter from them this morning at 29 quid and found the same one online for 10 quid cheaper. Jessops in my opinion are like PC World and prey on 'Joe Publics' ignorance of prices.

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Worth remembering that Cameras2u is owned by Jessops, so you're getting a cheaper price which is great but if you don't like Jessops you may not want to be putting cash in their pockets at all.

Personally, I don't like the way they bought up all the independants in the area, replaced most of the knowledgeable staff and then finally closed most of the stores. It's a lot harder to go shopping for cameras in Leeds now.

The suggestion about the airing cupboard is spot on, give it a try you could save yourself having to spend anything at all.

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It's a lot harder to go shopping for cameras in Leeds now.
Talking of which, shopping4cameras.com is also owned by Jessops.

Just to agree with everyone else , if the airing cupboard doesn't work then a new camera is probably the best bet. Look also at Warehouse Express - they're usually competitive.
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Talking of which, shopping4cameras.com is also owned by Jessops.

Just to agree with everyone else , if the airing cupboard doesn't work then a new camera is probably the best bet. Look also at Warehouse Express - they're usually competitive.
shopping4cameras just redirects to cameras4u now, but you're right Jessops used to run both sites seperately.

Warehouse Express are good, Karlu are pretty good too. Quite a few people on here are happy with Onestop Digital but I've never used them myself.

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Re: my head is crushed

Onestop is fine for lenses etc, but since they're based in HK I'd watch for warranty validity on cameras. Some manufacturers (e.g. Canon) have regional warranties, and I'm not sure how OneStop deal with this. I've heard no complaints about them. Kerso is another one to look at.
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Onestop is fine for lenses etc, but since they're based in HK I'd watch for warranty validity on cameras.
AFAIK

Nikon gear is worldwide warranties unless you buy from the USA - then it's North America only.

Sigma is regional.
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Hello there to P-E, simpbow and stepheno - your welcome was much appreciated.
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I'd remove the battery and leave the camera in your airing cupboard for a couple of days with all of the things that open, open.

When it is thoroughly dry it will either work, or not. Either way, you will know what to do!
Hi Dabhand 16 - I just tried to post a reply and I see that I've maybe come out of the thread while the comment was still being 'sent' - so Ill post a second time (just in case you end up with 2 comments and think its strange).

Anyway your advice worked.

I kept my camera in the airing cupboard for 5 days and when I took it out, at first it didn't work but I then placed a different memory card in and the camera ceased giving me the dreaded 'ERROR 2" code. The lens previously would not retract or respond - but after an hour of cooling down and charging up - the lens albiet still a bit sticky, started to move (I manipulated it a little bit because it looked a bit squint).....

Finally, the camera let me take a photo without any distressing error code and then the lens retracted completely on powering off.

I tried the camera again this morning and it looks like it doesn't have to 'meet its maker'. So thanks very much for your practical advice - it has saved me 100 at least. All the other chat on the web that I could see about the dreaded 'error 2' code (which applied to many different brands and models of camera) was that if you had 'error 2' you could kiss your camera goodbye. So your advice bucked the trend.

Thanks again Dabhand16,

All the best,
Alan (aka Gorilla_Bear)

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great to hear you got it sorted.......... and start carrying a clear plastic bag so you can protect the camera from your sons shooting range antics next time !

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too right Fi - in an ideal world I'd have a waterproof digital camera....that is also a mega powerful water blaster to repel all assailants once they're in range (that includes unsuspecting offspring, traffic wardens and street mimes).

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oh, I should also include binmen who, after their bosses deciding that collecitons should only be once every 2 weeks, decide not to empty your wheely bin because the lid is more than 45% open. A camera seems to have a lot of power (this actually happened)....bin guys must of been so freaked out that I came outside my house and took photos of them not emptying the bin, phoned their supervisor who spookily appears within 5-10 minutes and then asks his boys to empty the bin: I don't know if it was because I gave him respect when I spoke to him or he was just trying to avoid me taking a snap of him. Lucky I had the wee camera a hand.

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Hey Alan - great news!
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