USCamera.com carefully considers everything that relates
to shipping costs to the customer. Our recent shipping price increase was
the first since 2006 though all of the suppliers and the carriers we use,
including UPS and the United States Postal service have increased their costs
several times. We employ a full time person who daily carefully packs and
readies parcels for delivery to the carrier of your choice. We regularly
shop the web to make sure we offer competitive shipping charges and in most
cases find that we offer some of the lowest shipping charges on the web. We will
never artificially inflate our parts costs and offer free shipping. We have
found most customers understand that shipping is never free and they appreciate
our fair and realistic charges.
We are one of the few remaining companies that
does not charge additional shipping on backorder releases or parts replaced
under warranty. All backorder and warranty replacement parts are shipped our
choice of FEDEX Ground or USPS 1st Class Mail. Upgraded shipping cost is the
responsibility of the customer.
Current Shipping Fees
1st Class Mail
No catalog or current plans to produce one at this time.
We currently have over 2000 owners manuals, service manuals and parts lists
available We scan everyday. Most of them
are available for immediate shipment on CD or download links are available.
USCamera.com has been up and running since 1998. We are
currently giving it a major overhaul to make it easier to navigate and offer
more free information and advice available to our customers.
e have over 5000 parts online and over 80,000
additional parts available. We add new parts everyday. Please email us
for parts not listed.
Currently we use Paypal as our secure credit card
service provider for International customers with
International addresses. Paypal is much more forgiving for International
customers. They are currently the largest Internet credit card processor.
USCamera has your and our best interest in mind when choosing a credit card
processor for International purchases.
Currently all of the other credit card service providers
have no way to accurately verify international addresses or country codes which
they require for purchases. When we have tried to integrate them with our
shopping cart, customers experience many purchase declines which can be very
Not anymore, we are sorry.
It would be easier just to giveaway the manual.
Manuals listed are ready to be shipped and download links
to be sent.
It takes us more time to locate the required pages,
convert them to PDF format and put them on a disc than it would for us supply you with complete CD or download
In each instance when we tried this, the customer had not completely described the
problem and/or problem area and/or found additional problems and additional
pages were required.
Please just buy the CD or download they are substantially
less than an average repair charge for parts and labor.
Why are some manuals inexpensive and others very expensive?
The main factor in the price of a owners or service manual
is the number of pages to be scanned, since that is the main factor in how long
it takes to acquire all the images.
Some manuals contain many oversized (typically 11x17 inch
pages) that must be assembled on one page for viewing.
This can take as long as 15 minutes per page, in some cases this is also
a factor in the pricing of some manuals. For a few manuals, the pricing is
affected by the scarcity or and demand for the original manual, since this
determines what we had to pay for the original manual. For example, a 50 page
manual takes approximately 3 – 4 hours from start to finish. If that manual
sells several times a week, it will definitely cost less than a 50 page manual
that sells twice a year.
Prices range from $6.50 for some simple parts manuals having
only a few pages to $60 for the
complete repair manual for a Hasselblad 500 C/M.
My prices are, in most cases, are lower than today’s
prices for CD manuals (photocopies or printed originals) obtained from the
Since Leica and Hasselblad customers pay more for their
equipment than most, we did increase the resolution on those manufacturers pages
to equal (in my opinion) the quality of the equipment.
Since they took longer to scan and assemble we are charging a little more
Color or Black & White?
This primarily applies only to owner’s manuals. The only
color used in some service manuals is for wiring diagrams.
When we have purchased owner’s manuals as copies, we
noticed that it was very difficult or impossible, at times, to see where lines
where you were directed to button or a lever for the particular operation or feature in
question. When we looked at original
manuals we saw they were in color for a reason.
The manufacturers used color to highlight the area they were discussing.
They also used colored lines to point you to the area they were
describing. We could see no reason
to scan in black and white since we were only talking about file size. With color scans you will get a manual as the manufacturer
intended them to be.
Color or B&W takes the same amount of time to scan and
Service information on lenses is generally sold separately
from camera service manuals. Camera service manuals may or may not have
information on the lenses included with your camera, but are usually not.
Most camera service manuals only include information on the model listed
only. Exceptions are Mamiya and
Nikon who have started to include some common and popular included accessories
with your camera, finders, film holders and film backs, for instance. We try to
show you those, as attributes when you check out, if any are recommended or
As a general rule, the following are not included
in the factory repair manual for a camera:
An owners or user's manual, or information regarding use of the camera or
other piece of equipment.
2) Repair information for lenses
the camera was sold with.
Repair information for film magazines, accessory finders and other
Depending on the production year of the equipment, many
technicians are primarily interested only in part numbers to correctly identify
and order the correct parts accurately by part number.
However as manufacturer’s improved earlier designs, instead of creating
new equipment lines (not very common today), minor changes were made and only a
supplement would be available to show the changed parts and their locations.
Nikon FM, FM2, FE, FE2 and Minolta’s SRT series are only
two examples. Many parts were interchangeable and in some cases, only a few were
different. The body casting on any Minolta SRT camera is virtually identical and
they accept many of the same parts or accessories. Yet they had at over 20
different models and at least 9 supplements.
As an example, you must have the original SRT 101 service manual to
service and understand any of the SRT series cameras functions and operation. In
addition the complete parts list will show you all the parts, exploded views and
changes from model to model.
a camera or equipment user/operator, the owner’s manual is your reference and
information resource, not a service manual or parts list.
available for every manual we have. If you do not see the manual you
need , please email us.
PayPal Customers. After your payment is approved, you will be
re-directed to a page on PayPal that reads you are being redirected to
USCamera.com After you have returned to USCamera.com, check your
email for your login and password information. We recommend you have a high speed connection as some
download can be quite large. File size is listed in every
Authorize.net customers. After your
payment is approved, you will be immediately re-directed to USCamera.com.
Check your email for your login and password.
We do not
monitor the link(s) you are sent to see if it has been used.
If you have an issue
Downloading your purchase, please bring it to our immediate attention. We
will make sure you receive your file.
Passwords are only active for 48 hours after
purchase. No Exceptions.
CD's are available for all
manuals listed. The cost is an additional $8 for US customers and includes
shipping via USPS 1st class mail.
updating all equipment owners and service manuals files. As Adobe improves their
compression algorithms we apply that to all of our manuals to reduce
the size while maintaining quality.
Repair manuals are of very little use to a camera owner.
Information is of technical nature and not much information is directed
towards the equipments use and application.
Different manufacturers follow different
practices regarding the information and format of their repair manuals.
Different manufacturers use different terms or nomenclature for parts in the
titles of their manuals.
Generally, a parts manual
includes at least two things: exploded views and a complete list of all parts
that are used in the camera. Many
also include tools required and wiring diagrams and/or schematics. Parts manuals
rarely, but on occasion, may include very limited repair information. Parts
manuals are, depending on the manufacturer, also called exploded views, parts
diagrams, parts lists and parts catalogs.
**A service manual is where the
adjustments, service and repair instructions are found. They generally include
troubleshooting charts, tools required, test information, lubrication charts and
other information required in accurately servicing that particular model. Some
include duplicate exploded views, detailed sections on both disassembly and
reassembly. These manuals may be titled Service Manual, Service Instructions,
Repair Manual or even Service Information.
Instead of issuing separate service and parts
manuals, some manufacturers issue a single manual that provides all information
needed to repair or service a camera. This practice is becoming more common in
the era of electronic cameras, since a parts manual is not adequate to service
these more complex cameras. Again, if this is the case, we will try list any
additions, which apply to your purchase when you check out online.
Some service manuals may reference an additional service
manual(s) that may be required for you to have a complete reference for the
model you are servicing. That happens when models from the same
manufacturer share common parts or adjustments.
is no guarantee that the manual or combination of manuals you purchase from
us will provide the information that you require. Service manuals and owners
manuals are not returnable for refund for any reason.
Well, we tried everything we could think of and everything the
high-tech people we know in the computer business could recommend, to give you
the best scans possible. We have scanned hundreds of thousands of pages and photographs.
we found was:
Most of the scans that
have purchased and used from manufacturers and other suppliers were poor at the very
best. Many were concerned primarily with file size instead of quality.
Almost everybody is scanning the material through Adobe Acrobat Reader.
That program is best for viewing and assembling documents. The main
problem we had with Adobe for acquiring the image was
that you could not adjust it. We found very few pages that did not need to be
corrected for position, contrast and brightness. We felt this was critical for a
quality and printable image.
The paper, that the
original printers used, when the manuals were originally produced, varied widely
and the scan quality suffered at times. Especially with older manuals.
Almost every image
page we scanned, needed to be digitally adjusted for best viewing and printing.
Some as long as 5 minutes worth of adjustments before we felt we had a quality
If you are printing your manual,
we found, for inkjet
printing, Ilford gallery paper, approximately 100 sheets for $8.00, produced a
premium image, but any paper gave excellent results.
Any paper worked well in laser or dot matrix printers
The manufacturers did not
make manuals, with attention towards the quality and detail required for their
information to be duplicated as scan or photocopy. The main factor in the
quality of a particular scan is the quality of the original manual. Some people
assume that repair manuals and owner’s manuals were printed with the same
accuracy and quality as a book publisher. Camera manufacturers are not in the
booklet or manual business. They
You will not see some
makes and models available. We
found some original manuals so poorly produced that age had made them nearly
impossible to read. Even digitally improving them was much better but not very
legible. Hence they were not worth scanning because we could not save them, yet.
If digital technology keeps improving we may have them available in the
future. We will post this info to our site as soon as they become available.
The quality of printing
of original repair and owners manuals varies considerably. We have found that
generally Hasselblad, Minolta, Canon and Nikon produce the highest quality.
But there are certain manuals from these that are not great quality.
At US Camera, we only
scan original manuals as purchased from the manufacturer. Some manufacturers now
only supply their service and parts information on CD.
Also please note that
service manuals were generally purchased by repair shops or technicians.
Where a consumer would buy an owner’s manual and stick in a drawer for
years never using it, technicians would use their manuals often, sometimes
daily. To find a manual, for a popular model that is 20 years old and never been
used is very, very rare. Most have
been open, closed and used thousands of times. We digitally touched up some that
were damaged in some way, to give them a clean appearance.
occasionally look at scans from prior’s months and think that we could
surely do better, so we re-scan some. Some were a little better and most are
Most all scans are
only 8-bit color or black and white to keep the file size down.
Also since we were working with screen primary colors and screen printed
black and white, we saw very little difference when the pages were scanned in
24-bit color or more.
We printed pages
from many different manuals on photo inkjet printers, laser printers and dot
matrix. The dot printers were the
worst but still acceptable if printed as a graphic.
Settings ranged from 360dpi to 880 x1440 and all produced very readable
results. In all reality we did not see any noticeable difference if using 720dpi
x 720dpi or 880dpi x 1440 dpi on inkjet printers or laser printers at 600dpi or
Some of my scans,
mostly in service, are from microfiche. We brought those scans in at no less
than 2400dpi optical and manipulated them from there.
Adobe acrobat reader was very poor if you scanned the image
there and built a file with those scans. We could not manipulate the image
without exporting the file to another program and importing
back into Adobe after it was adjusted. Too much time was involved for
that. It was much easier to scan in
through a photo program and then import to Adobe when it was ready for
assembling as one big file.
We have never seen a factory
repair manual for a camera that was printed in full color. Later production
equipment around 1974, when more electronics and wiring were introduced, colored
wiring diagrams were included in some service and parts list.
As late as the early to mid-1970’s, some
manufacturers printed repair manuals that looked like blueprints. This applies
to some early manuals from Kowa, Mamiya, Miranda and Tokyo Optical (Topcon).
Although they were printed in blue ink, they were printed on paper with a high
wood pulp content that tends to discolor over time. While these scans are
perfectly legible, these manuals tend to have light colored backgrounds instead
of white, because of the discoloration of the paper.
Any paper manual purchased from Nikon today
will be a photocopy or CD while the vast majority of manuals obtained from
Minolta and Mamiya will be either photocopied or quick printed.
We have seen factory "photocopied
original" manuals of such low quality that they are useless for reprinting
and border on being illegible in some places. We have also seen reprints
purchased from others on EBAY that appear to be several generations removed from
Also please note that many owners manuals
were inserted in the factory box with the equipment and folded in half or thirds
at the factory. If the customer did
not ever use them they could have been folded for years. You will notice that
sometimes the scan will show a gray area or shadow, in some cases where the
folds were. This is to be expected
but all the information printed will be completely legible.
Search on the internet for camera parts or
hand tools and many sources will be returned. We don’t currently endorse any
company for service personally and have found the manufacturers no more or less
accurate than a good shop who has the proper/current production test instruments
and qualified technicians.
only repair our own cameras. We working on some small service articles and
will post them to this site as soon as they become available.
this time, we only sell parts for Canon, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax
and Sigma. We stock many parts for out of production / current production film
cameras, lenses and Digital cameras. Foam Light seals and light seal material are also
available for the most popular cameras of the 50's thru the 90's. We are
currently negotiating with a closing service center to acquire their inventory
of parts and manuals. Check our
site, we will list it here first..
16- The manual I need isn't listed.
Then just email us. We will check availability and
get right back to you. Chances are very good we can scan it and have it
ready to ship within a couple of days.
17- Can I cut and
paste the photos and text?
No. we capture the pages as a
graphic and adjust for the best balance between text readability and image
viewing. We have tried OCR programs and they just don't do well with photo
words (i.e. Exacta usually is named exactly). We would have to spend
more time correcting the errors than if we had just typed the whole manual. Again, even if
we used OCR on the text and then grabbed the photos or
diagrams and built those pages it would cost more time than it is worth.
would have days in processing each manual. We still keep looking for a
better way to do this and increase the quality.
Customers Shipping to a US Address.
The order must be placed on the US Only website, here
Find the part you wish to purchase and push
the “Add to Cart” button and then click okay at the next screen.
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Under ‘Choose Payment Option’, be sure to choose ‘Purchasing with Visa,
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