Has anyone sent an XL-1 back to Canon for service? I have one that's pretty old and has never been serviced. I used to do stringer work for the weather channel, so it's been through the ringer a few times and its starting to show head clogging, tape alignment and backfocus issues, plus the lenses could stand some work too.
My real question is if anyone has an idea what kind of money I should expect to spend on repairs. I just don't want to be shocked when I get the estimate.
Also if there are other reputable places to send it for repair, I'd love to know.
I also have an original XL-1 that I've been using since 1999, and it's still going strong. I've had it in twice during that time, once when condensation fried the main circuit board on an Amazon rainforest assignment and once when I broke the headphone jack. Anyway, Canon no longer supports this camcorder at it's factory service centers. You should seek out a local camera/camcorder repair facility. Assuming you only need a standard cleaning and alignment, the bil should come to somewhere between $250 - $500.00.
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