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Dropped camera. Broke lens.

Jennifer Brown , Dec 23, 2007; 10:02 p.m.

Hello!! I dropped my camera about 2 feet from the floor onto hardwood flooring. It worked fine for the rest of the time, but today I tried to use it and the lens is broken. I can see what's broken but I'm not sure how to word it, or if it's the right name. The pieces that make up the aperture hole are broken. The are loose in the lens. Can that part be fixed? As long as they don't get in the way of focusing it works...except it won't zoom in. I am prepared to get a new lens, but if it can be fixed I would rather do that. It's a Nikkor lens 18-135 mm. It's the one that came in the kit. Thanks!


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Douglas Greenberg , Dec 23, 2007; 10:13 p.m.

You won't know the extent of the damage until you send it to Nikon or a Nikon-authorized repair facility. This is a lens that you can replace for $330 or so. If it can be fixed for less than the cost of a new lens, you may as well have it fixed.

You have my sympathy, certainly. My own 18-200mm. VR zoom fell forty inches off a dresser onto a carpeted floor not long ago. The carpeting helped cushion the impact, certainly. The repair was only $93 plus shipping, and the lens came back actually "better than new" (they made some adjustments to the zoom mechanism).

It sounds like the damage to your lens is more extensive than what mine suffered, but again, only taking it or sending it in for repair will provide you the information you need to make a decision about what to do here.

Harry Joseph , Dec 23, 2007; 10:32 p.m.

When it comes to digital cameras the first thing you should do is engage the neck strap. I dropped my first digital camera 2 feet off the ground on hard cement 3 weeks after I purchased the camera. Luckily I got away with only a nick to the body. I also dropped a Pentax mechanical camera about 2 feet off the ground(while my boss was looking) but this time the lens was the first thing to hit the ground. The lens was bent and un-useable.

Tom Luongo , Dec 23, 2007; 11:03 p.m.

Nikon does not charge for the repair estimate. Your only cost is shipping it to them.

Your camera is probably okay, but since it fell you should take a close look to make sure focus is still working accurately.

wei who , Dec 24, 2007; 12:04 a.m.

Nikon charges $250 or up to fix any lens. The new lens cost $280 from Tristate Camera include shippinga and tax. (http://www.nextag.com/Nikon-Zoom-Wide-Angle-511659500/prices-html) and you still can sale old one on ebay for $. I will try open and fix it first, there is nothing to lose.

mj t , Dec 24, 2007; 12:28 a.m.

Tristate Camera?

Jennifer!!! don't purchase from this company.

Wei Who - please dont recommend a camera shop with low ratings at ResellerRatings.com. just because the price is lowest doesnt make it a good buy.

Shun Cheung , Dec 24, 2007; 01:12 a.m.

It is also not true that Nikon charges $250 or up to fix any lens. Two years ago, my 17-55mm/f2.8 was dropped inside a LowePro camera bag, and the lens mount was bent so that it could not focus properly. Nikon USA in Los Angeles charged me $135 for the repair.

Eric Yeoh , Dec 24, 2007; 01:51 a.m.

I did the exact same thing with the same lens and sounds like the exact same thing happened. It is just your aperture blades have been jolted out the couplings that hold them together - Nikon Singapore repaired it for about USD 100 - like you I was thinking it might be an excuse to upgrade from this lens but the repair quote seemed so reasonable and I am quite happy with the lens so decided to get it repaired instead. Only problem after I got it back from Nikon is the manual focussing mechanism is a little rough and makes clicking sounds - have not had the time to take it back in but otherwise the lens is as good as new. Recommend getting it repaired.

Lee Ricks , Dec 24, 2007; 02:51 a.m.

I had my 80-200 f2.8 fixed, (frozen zoom) for about $150.00. Nikon did a good job and I got it back in about three weeks.

Having said that. If the repairs are expensive take a lool at the 18-70. It is a super lens for not much money.

G. V. , Dec 24, 2007; 12:40 p.m.

Authorized Photo Service is another option. It is the old Nikon midwest repair station and they still do Nikon warranty repairs. Excellent service and much quicker than Nikon too.

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