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DanielleSchramm

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« on: April 29, 2010, 12:46:46 pm »

I have cracked my LCD screen on my Canon Rebel Xti.  It fell well in its camera bag and the screen cracked. The back light still works, but the screen is definately cracked. Do you know how to replace this? Where would I buy the replacement part, and what the approximate cost would be to pay someone at a camera shop to fix this? I called the camera place in town that does repairs and they wanted me to pay $25 just for an estimate, so was hoping to get a bit more information before I did that.

Any help you could provide would be great! Thanks!
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Paul Sumi

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 01:53:06 pm »

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I have cracked my LCD screen on my Canon Rebel Xti.  It fell well in its camera bag and the screen cracked. The back light still works, but the screen is definately cracked. Do you know how to replace this? Where would I buy the replacement part, and what the approximate cost would be to pay someone at a camera shop to fix this? I called the camera place in town that does repairs and they wanted me to pay $25 just for an estimate, so was hoping to get a bit more information before I did that.

Any help you could provide would be great! Thanks!

Hi Danielle,

If you are in the U.S., you can get an on-line estimate direct from Canon:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controll...eTrackSearchAct

Caveat: I haven't tried this myself since I live fairly close to Canon's Irvine CA facility.

Also, depending on where you live, there are some local camera repair shops that get recommended:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=29374

Paul

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DanielleSchramm

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 06:37:38 pm »

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Hi Danielle,

If you are in the U.S., you can get an on-line estimate direct from Canon:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controll...eTrackSearchAct

Caveat: I haven't tried this myself since I live fairly close to Canon's Irvine CA facility.

Also, depending on where you live, there are some local camera repair shops that get recommended:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=29374

Paul

Thanks for your help Paul. I actually called Canon Canada and they redirected me to their parts supplier Global Electronics in Missasauga at  1-800-668-8776.  I ordered the part over the phone, and it was delivered within 10 days in perfect condition. I'm just finishing up installing it, but it works, and it  cost me $125 including the shipping. I wanted to reply in case this happens to anyone else. It's not that difficult to fix this yourself, just takes a bit of patience, but you'll save yourself quite a bit of money.

Danielle
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2010, 09:47:19 am »

I had a similar experience with a Pentax istDS. I sent it to the Pentax repair facility (I believe it was in Colorado) and they replaced it for around $150.

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010, 01:52:48 pm »

A while back I sent a 5D in for a completely different reason to Canon Pro UK and they fixed my cracked screen for free. Which was in stark contrast to their previous iffy service.
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Re: Cracked LCD-how to replace
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010, 07:22:06 am »

I somthing like this happen to me, I fell of a rockclimbing wall while boulder and my sony A200'S LCD cracked so i sent it to sony for a free estimite (sorry I can't spell) and a week later the sent it back to me and they had repaired it for free in a 1/8 of the the other guys wanted and for $150 less!
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Re: Cracked LCD-how to replace
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010, 05:56:29 pm »

If you're talking about the LCD COVER....it's really quite easy to replace by youself...I did the surgery on an XT...

see how here...

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=922334
« Last Edit: August 27, 2010, 05:58:00 pm by kitalight »
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2010, 01:22:25 am »

Its possible to replace common electronic parts like LCD's yourself.. and possible to source them at local electronics stores for very little. 

A Fuji Finepix F31 with a broken LCD was estimated at 800 baht (about $25) for repair at Fuji Thailand.  I found the exact same part number LCD (same manufacturer, same part number, same everything) for 150 baht ($5) in one of the many electronic stores in Chinatown.  Installing it wasn't difficult. 

Every city I've ever lived in has had electronic stores.  Often you can find switches, LCD's, and even sensors for next to nothing.  Some examples of repair estimates and actual fixes.

Fuji F31 above..

Epson Photo Scanner.  Epson wanted 2000 baht ($70) just to provide an estimate, of course which then applies to the repair.  They get committed with the estimate fee.   The fix?  A 50 cent fuse in line with the DC out of the transformer.

Viewsonic VP211b.  I had to keep these going way past their prime.  Same symptoms with two monitors.  They'd turn off after 15-30 minutes of use.. or once they reached a certain temp.  Disassembly revealed one had a very iffy cooling fan that was designed to blow air over the PS rectifier circuit (a good indicator of what will go bad, is if they need to cool it).  Replacing the fan fixed the problem.  $3 in Chinatown.   The other, had a bad rectifier.  $19 in Chinatown.  I replaced the fan too.   Viewsonic estimated $150 minimum for each one.

Samsung DLP 50 inch.  Had a small explosion, color and picture gone.  These are entirely modular.   After 5 years of use the color wheel plastic lens got brittle and shattered.  This was more difficult to track, ended up ordering the entire assembly from Samsung.. $35

This is just in the last 18 months.  I've since replaced my Viewsonics and DLP television.. but the repairs kept me going for not much.. and I was able to get the items running the same day vs. waiting.  This sort of thing isn't for everyone, but often a good visual inspection with the covers removed and a $10 multimeter is all it takes.  If you can handle a screwdriver and read a meter.. and be careful.. you can accomplish quite a lot.  In this part of the world power surges (even in Bangkok) are a 2-3 times weekly affair, so while you use UPS devices on the pricey stuff, you still have many small power supplies (like you use to charge your phone, power a phone, power a router) that might take a hit.. and sometimes the surge makes it past those and takes out a fuse..  Even if it takes out an entire power supply they can be replaced.

Other things I won't touch.. they're so small and so specialized I'm sure I'd do more damage trying to open them.  But a lot of what we use can be self-serviced.

Speaking of which.. if anyone knows where I can find instructions or a youtube video to disassemble a NP-E3 Canon battery.. would be appreciated.. :)
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