@inogart I'm wondering about the camera repairs. I know that I haven't really found any place that is "local enough" to me that even does camera repairs, there used to be a place ~8 hours away, but I think they have closed. It's often cheaper, or close enough that it makes sense to buy a new camera. But, then again, there are cameras where you really want it repaired, rather than replacing with something totally different.
@JigmeDatse I'm in the same dilemma as you, I think. There are a couple of repair shops in my city and a friend did go and paid to repair hers in one but it was kind of expensive and it lasted, I think, a year before it had problems again. But yeah, I think if the camera isn't that rare or that special maybe it'd be better to buy a new one, maybe a better (more durable) model? And see how that works out, if the repairs are gonna be more expensive than the replacement, why not.
@inogart I'm not currently looking at anything like a camera repair. I am thinking that I will be doing a bit of work on my "old" camera if I can find someone who has written up a good description of what to do with it. I want to pull the infra-red mirror from the sensor.
I think that if you go in, ask for an estimate of what they may charge to repair it. I'm not sure what your camera is, but I *think* you can get a new low end for something like $80 or so.