I have been wondering about this for a while now.
Say if one has some very good cameras and equipments.
Good in two probable sense:
1. good model and make (camera models worth keeping)
2. good condition
And one experiences a bit of technical problems.
Is it better to go back to Official service Centers to get it
repaired/ serviced at a high price , or is it safe to go to third
party shops to get it repaired/ serviced?
From where I come from, I have heard of stories where
third party shops performing harvesting of the better parts
and fixing it with lower quality ones.
A friend of mine went to get his F3 viewfinder cleaned. He
didn't go back to Nikon. He thought he can save some money
from getting it repaired from other third party shops.
But when he got back his camera, he realized that the shutter
curtain 'looked a bit different'. Of course he didn't want to offend
the shop owner, and his camera is still working till this day.
But he still suspects that it was switched.
But what are the chances that these things do happen, and how
can we protect ourselves from such exploitation?