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Meet Michael Parsell of KURT’S CAMERA REPAIR

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Parsell.

Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a retired Navy Photographer, with more than 40 years of training and experience working with both still and motion picture photography.

My career in camera repair began at the Navy School of Photography in 1980, where I went through a rigorous training course, it continued after leaving the Navy with extensive factory repair training on various cameras and lenses from industry leaders such as Nikon, Olympus, Minolta, Pentax, and Bronica.

I began working as a technician for Kurt’s Camera back in 1996 within a few months of retiring from the Navy. I became the owner in 1999.

Has it been a smooth road?

Being in the camera repair business is definitely not a smooth road.

Some of the struggles along the way have been transitioning from film repair to digital repair. We had to be trained and acquire new adjustment equipment for the newer digital cameras. Training is done at the factory, so we have had to do some traveling to New York and Los Angeles for the training.

Nikon continues to provide us with training when new equipment comes out and luckily most times we only have to go up to their western service center in Los Angeles. The digital age also means having to purchase new parts inventory and staying ahead of the needs, learning patterns of what wears out and how often.

As the business grows, we have also had to move in order to accommodate the new equipment and growing parts inventory. We have moved a total of 3 times since I took the business over in 1999. The most recent move was two years ago when we were displaced due to the land being sold to make room for apartments.

Thankfully, the displacement came at a good time because we were already running out of room again with all the new equipment we recently purchased for repairs and adjustments. We are still not completely moved into the new place, but we have things set up enough to get the cameras repaired. We really like our new location which is just down the hill and less than half a mile from the old place. We have an abundance of space, and we were able to design the floor plan to fit our needs. The best part is that we can walk over to 7/11 or Jack In The Box whenever we need to indulge our appetites.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kurt’s Camera Repair provides expert repair service on most digital, video and film cameras. We are currently an authorized factory warranty center for Nikon and Sigma. We have technicians who have been repairing for nearly their whole lives.

We repair anything from older film cameras such as Leica to the newer Digital cameras and lenses like Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Sigma. We have a wide range of repair experience and rarely turn any repair down.

We are well known for our excellent customer service, for being fair and honest and providing exceptional quality work. We are proud to be a small family owned business with an informal, relaxed work environment.

One thing I believe that sets us apart from other businesses is having such a wide range of knowledge in our technicians which gives us the ability to repair the smallest point and shoot to the newest DSLR, to antique cameras.

We are currently restoring really old and rare cameras for a collector. Some cameras are well over 100 years old. I think that’s one thing we are most proud of; the ability to bring the really old and odd cameras back to life.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego is a great city. Because of all the freeways here in San Diego, it is relatively easy to get to our shop from anywhere around town. Kurt opened the shop in 1975 in the Allied Gardens area of San Diego.

San Diego is a great place for our business because we are full of great photographers who need our help. From videographers, to wedding photographers, to surf photographers, to architecture and design, nature and everyday photographers; our city offers a wide variety of places, events and things to capture with still photography and video.

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