Frequently Asked Questions
How much does an estimate cost?
Our estimates are free! The estimate includes only the cost of the repair, parts and return shipping.
How much will my repair cost?
It depends on the extent of the repairs needed to return your equipment to good working order.
Do you repair point and shoot / digital cameras?
We are strictly a repair shop for medium and large format film cameras. We do not repair digital cameras.
The only digital service we offer is sensor cleaning.
How do I send my equipment to you?
Please fill out a repair form and include a print out of the form with your equipment. If you're unable to print the form please include a note and or business card that includes your email, phone number, and shipping address. Choose a box that will allow for at least two inches of packing material on all sides. Slightly over-stuff the box with packing material before sealing it. The idea is to compress the packing material so that when you shake the box the item being shipped can’t migrate from the center to the edge(s) of the box and risk impact damage. We recommend insuring your item(s) by the carrier of your choice: UPS, FedEx, etc. It is well worth paying a little extra to add “tracking” to the shipping method. Once your equipment arrives in the shop we will send you a confirmation via email.
I'm filling out the form and I can't locate the serial number / didn't put it down.
That is okay, we will record the serial numbers of your equipment on your estimate/invoice!
NOTE: Arca Swiss products do not have serial numbers
Where do I send my equipment?
Precision Camera Works
ATTN: Bob Watkins
4835 W Main St
Skokie, IL 60077
I still have film in my camera. What should I do?
If you have film in your camera(s) and are unable to take out the roll prior to sending in your equipment, please indicate so on your repair form / paperwork! Our evaluation includes opening the back of the camera(s) and we would hate to exposure your roll. We will remove the roll in a changing bag and make note of the last frame.
Once I receive and approve my estimate how long will the repair take?
Most repairs vary depending on the work required to return the equipment to good working order.
If you have a specific date* you would need your equipment by please let us know.
*Rush charges may apply
What are my return shipping options?
DOMESTIC SHIPMENTS: UPS Ground, USPS Priority
INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS: USPS Priority International
Our usual shipping method is UPS Ground or USPS Priority. Overnight, 2-day and 3-day select shipping is also available to most addresses in the continental United States. All items are carefully packaged and insured unless otherwise specified. Shipping prices include handling and insurance. If you would like to provide a label or another shipping method please let us know and we will accommodate.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept most major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, AMEX, etc) and PayPal.
My question isn't listed.
Please feel free to give us a call at 847-470-3350 or email us at email@example.com
if you do not see your question listed! Inquiries will be answered within 24 hours.