There are material things in life that we simply can’t live without. Some cannot live a day without their phones while others can’t bear a day without their favorite gears. In my case, if I am going to list down the things that I simply can’t live without, the camera would always be on top of my chart. I may not have the most high tech gear but I’m just the kind of guy who loves to take photos everywhere I go. If something caught my attention, I always have my camera ready to capture those moments. That’s why when my camera started to malfunction, it was truly a nightmare. I was really depressed and when I found out that I have to spend more than my expected amount just to fix it, I was really down!
Good thing, Internet has become a powerful tool for a “poor unfortunate soul” like me haha. I came across an article/blog (FilipinoNomad to be specific) detailing how his camera was saved and repaired without comprising much of his budget. The article prompted me to a certain place in Quiapo, the Hidalgo St. The busy street of Hidalgo is not really new to me. I’ve been here many times especially whenever I visit the San Sebastian Church (Check: San Sebastian Basilica).
The Camera repair shops in Hidalgo are located on the market side (just few walks away from the Quiapo Church). I was actually expecting a single shop but to my surprise, I was introduced to an overwhelming amount of Camera repair shops. There’s one shop after another. Since I have read the Filipino Nomad blog, I only have one camera shop in mind, The Prime Camera Repair shop.
It wasn’t really hard to locate the shop. After few walks from the Quiapo church and passing through the crowded marketplace, I spotted the yellow tarpaulins carrying their shop’s name. I was warmly greeted by a lady. She greeted me with smile and when I told her my intention, she guided me inside and introduced me to a certain guy named “Ryan”, or maybe I should aptly called him my “savior”
Allow me to explain my problem. I owned a Canon Powershot SX40 HS, a versatile compact point-and-shoot camera that I have been using for years. It has been my travel buddy ever since I bought it. I started to encounter an issue few months ago when I can no longer saved my videos for some unknown technical reasons. Although I can’t save videos, I can still capture images in any modes I want. The main issue occurred when I went to Ilocos along with my fellow legionaries. It started pretty smooth until suddenly it shut down. I thought it was just a battery issue but after replacing with my spare one, i encounter the same thing and it started to become tricky. I received “Lens Error” more frequently which forces me to restart my camera over and over. On top of it, I can only take one shot. Every time I take a single shot, the camera will just hang and the Lens Error will reappear. That’s the time I realized that my camera badly needs a repair.
Although it is really advisable to bring your camera to the designated service center, a frugal guy like me will always find a better alternative. Spending 4000 and above is really painful to me but with the kind of issue I am dealing with, I still prepared myself and my wallet for the possibilities. After telling all the issues I have encountered with my camera, i didn’t take long for “Kuya Ryan” to identify the issue. He mentioned something about the lens motor and a possible replacement. He charged me of Php1500 for the calibration and told me to go back after an hour or two. It was really quick for him to jump into such conclusion but who am I to judge him if he has been doing such repairs for a long time, right?. Php 1500 after all is surprisingly lower than my expected budget for the repair. So I left the shop with glee and I am really hoping for better results.
I spent the entire two hours roaming around Quiapo. I went to Quiapo Church, walked around the Bautista Street where the Bahay Nakpil and Casa Boix were situated only to find out they were both closed on Friday. I had my early lunch at Glenn’s Razon and had a photowalk in Escolta using my smartphone. After doing so, i got a message from Kuya Ryan telling me that my Camera is finally fixed. He had to replace a part and told me to add Php400 which is just fine with me. He fixed all the issues and I can finally record videos again. He attempted to fix my Camera Flash issues too but he just can’t find a part to repair it. Other than that, my beloved Camera is back to its former glory haha.
I also bought a spare battery, a second hand yet original battery for my camera for Php600. Aside from the cheap repair service, one thing I love about Prime Camera is how they treat their customers as if we are really valued. I have read many blogs about their excellent customer service and I can confidently prove it myself. So in case you are looking for a Camera Repair shop in Hidalgo with people who will surely not take advantage of you, better look for Prime Camera Shop. They repair all kinds of Camera. You can contact them with the details provided below:
Prime Camera Repair Service
Location: 718-A Hidalgo St , Quiapo, Manila
Tel No: 7364207
Mobile (Kuya Ryan) : 09478785713