Nortown Camera Service

Nortown isn’t actually a retail store. They are a camera repair and service center.  My Canon Digital Rebel was having problems with taking photos (err99) and I called up Futureshop with which I had an extended warranty with.  They suggested Nortown for quick local repair so I drove my camera in and dropped it off.

The repair was incredibly quick.  They said repairs usually take 2-4 weeks.  In fact I got my camera back within 2 weeks.  My copy of the invoice says a chip was replaced, contacts cleaned, and the usual firmware update type things.  I would have to say I’m very happy with the repair and especially the speed of which it was carried out.  If your having problems with your camera definately check out Nortown.  They service all makes and do repairs for Henrys as well as Futureshop.  So you know they have a fair amount of work and inventory of parts on hand.  They seem to specialize in Olympus cameras but for sure they do Canon’s because I was told by the Canon rep all Canon cameras are to be sent there.  They were located on the west side of Toronto near Dundas and Hwy 427.  A bit of a drive for me from Markham but not too bad.

Replacing Canon’s Eyecup

I’m sure most people have this problem with their SLR cameras.  You have to press your eye right up against the camera, and all the grease and oil on your face smudges the LCD on the back of your camera.  It’s even worse if you have glasses, or if there is some glare from behind you.  I’ve even heard of peoples noses hitting buttons and controls.

This isn’t a problem just for Canon owners, it’s with pretty much every consumer level SLR I have seen. The good news is there is a quick, easy, and cheap solution.  I replaced my standard Canon eyepiece with a new Eye Cup from eBay. It was barely over $10 CDN after shipping, but the relief it provides is excellent. I no longer feel my face pressing against the camera, I don’t have to wipe oil off my screen between shots, and I can shot with my Glasses on now!

The aftermarket eye cup I purchased is much more comfortable as it comes out from the camera. The rubber cup surrounds your eye, and allows the use of glasses when shooting.

Installation is very simple, you just slide up your old eye piece from Canon, and you slide this one on in it’s place.  The fit was excellent, and it doesn’t look like it will be accidently sliding off.

Every person who wears glasses should like into getting one of these.  It’s such a small piece of equipment, but it really improves how you use your camera.  I purchased mine from Treasuresale who I whole heartedly recommend.