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    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2009 - 8:31 AM

    Whilst in the middle of changing lenses, I dropped my 35mm prime.
    It was heading towards the concrete at high speed from about waist level height. I couldn't make a grab for it as my hands were full with the body and other lens.
    As a pure reflex, and in order to break the fall - I stuck my foot out.
    The lens hit the top of my shoe, bounced off - and then hit the concrete. The front element took all the force and although the glass and filter are intact - the focus ring is now jammed solid.
    I have never just dropped a lens before but on this occasion it just happened - although I was in a rush.
    I'm wondering if a repair will cost more than a new lens.
    And I know it's dumb - I don't have any insurance - some "false" economy lesson learnt there.
    I'll see what a repair will cost if at all possible :-(
    If not it will be a great reminder as a paperweight of my costly stupidity.
    Grumpy Old Man mode to start the week - PAH!

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    User_Removed
    1 Jun 2009 - 8:49 AM

    As you say - lesson learned.

    Good news though, if it was a Canon lens, the lack of focus ability will make little difference Wink

    Seriously though, do you not have household insurance? Most policies will cover you for this sort of event unless you use your equipment professionally - worth a check

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    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2009 - 9:00 AM

    Thanks for the comments Barry. It is / was a Canon EF 35mm f2.

    I'll speak to the household insurers this morning - well worth a phone call - many thanks.

    I suppose I'm nervous about a repair in case the shock jolted the glass and the focus will be irrepairably compromised in some way.

    I'm only a keen amateur - no professional experience in any way - if I had I probably wouldn't have dropped it.

    User_Removed
    1 Jun 2009 - 9:08 AM


    Quote: I'm only a keen amateur - no professional experience in any way - if I had I probably wouldn't have dropped it.

    Don't bet on it... more pros damage kit than amateurs believe me Grin

    As to the repair, I know what you mean. I dropped an expensive macro lens once in my hurry to get another lens out of my bag. The insurer sent me to get it assessed and the guy quite honestly asked me if I wouldn't prefer to have it replaced. I said 'of course' and he reported it as "uneconomic repair" and I got a new lens.

    I would hazard they will replace if it is extensively damaged bearing in mind the value of the lens (different if it was worth thousands) but even if they do repair, I wouldn't worry about the quality of the repair. The specialist who do this sort of work (or Canon themselves in all probability) will return it as good as new and in fact I know someone who swears that his Canon 100-400 that he dropped focuses better since the repair than it did before Grin

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    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2009 - 9:15 AM

    Many thanks for the comments Barry - they've really helped me this morning as I started the day feeling like a real numpty.

    I'm still probably a butter fingered numpty - but at least now I don't feel so bad about it as there may be some hope on the horizon - for the lens if not me Smile

    Thanks for the positive, constructive comments.

    Last Modified By montechoro at 1 Jun 2009 - 9:22 AM
    STUARTHILL758
    1 Jun 2009 - 11:33 AM

    my house ins- replaced my 400d and 100macro lens

    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jun 2009 - 10:32 AM

    A 65 hard lesson learnt - but my 35mm prime is fully restored and working - just collected it from local specialist repairer.

    Policy excess amount - ruled out insurers.

    It may be just me (after what Barry said above) - but the manual focus seems a lot silkier and smoother than before the accident. I use hyperfocal distance settings so the manual focus ring does get used quite a bit.

    I can't prove or disprove it - but it certainly "feels different" if you know what I mean.

    Now for some image comparisons.

    Last Modified By montechoro at 3 Jun 2009 - 10:34 AM
    RogBrown
    RogBrown  72996 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jun 2009 - 11:22 AM

    Wow, that was fast service!

    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jun 2009 - 11:29 AM


    Quote: Wow, that was fast service!

    I was amazed too. The specialist was only 15 miles away so I dropped it off Monday and collected it today.
    Apparently the impact on the front of the lens had pushed the lens barrel back into the body and caused the focus ring to disengage and jam.
    I was only charged for dismantle and reassemble - no new parts needed.
    I count myself as very lucky Smile

    I may even do the Lottery tonight if I'm on a lucky streak LOL

    peterjones
    peterjones e2 Member 123842 forum postspeterjones vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jun 2009 - 3:53 PM

    if you win the lottery will there be a share out?
    Btw who was the repairer?

    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jun 2009 - 8:37 PM


    Quote: If you win the lottery will there be a share out?
    Btw who was the repairer?

    Virtual pints all round Peter if the numbers line up Smile

    The first class service was from Patterson Photographic in West Sussex. I used them years ago when a locking dial on my EOS 5 broke and my local camera shop told me it was "beyond economic repair".

    I sought a second opinion with Pattersons and he said it was a common fault with the EOS 5 dial. He repaired it within a week for a fair price and it's still working today.

    They also did a CLA on an old ME Super for me - my wife loves that camera - again still working today.

    Good service and a fair price - can't ask more than that really.

    peterjones
    peterjones e2 Member 123842 forum postspeterjones vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Jun 2009 - 8:26 AM

    Many thanks .... for the promised virtual pint and recommendation Smile

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