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Lens Mount Replacement

By EddieAC    
A little while ago my camera bag rolled off a shelf. D5000 inside and 18-55 kit lens attached.

The shock of landing broke two of the three plastic threads that holds the lens to the camera.

It was only a cheap second hand lens that I bought for around 45 and sending it to be repaired would have cost quite a bit more. After searching ebay I found replacement lens mounts for about 3 so I decided to have a go myself.

The lens mount looked like it was being held in place by three small screws so it should just be a matter of unscrewing the broken one and screwing the new one on......yeah right!!

After the three screws were removed and the old plastic mount refused to budge I saw even smaller screws around the inner circumference of the part where the contacts are held. These I then removed and eventually the parts began to seperated. The contacts, the aperture ring lever and small spring and the mount.

The replacement mount went on easy. Then it was a case of remembering what went where and assembling it in reverse disassemble order. Smile

The aperture lever being the most fun as it is metal and circular with a long insert that goes into the lens to ensure it can operate the aperture blades however the lens is extended. It also has a small point that the spring attaches to so the aperture will contract when taking a photo.

Eventually after fitting the bits back together again the lens went back on the camera and works perfectly.

I am now therefore a fully qualified Lens Repair Specialist and if anyone cares to send me their slightly malfunctioning lenses I promise to ensure they probably will never work again!!! Grin

In any case, a small achievement that made me pleased and I guess a little proud.

This photo shows the old broken lens mount held in front of the repaired one on the lens using a peg. The subject was lit using a torch.

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