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  1. #1
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    Dropped Camera, Lens Broken

    Hello,

    I am writing about our D50 with the bundled Nikon 18-55mm lens. It fell in the case and now the lens does not work. It attempts to fine focus however does not as the camera will not take a picture. Also when I move to zoom in/out its rough and there is about 1/4" of loose play if you manually move press on it.

    Are these lens repairable in general or throwaway? The replacement cost looks like ~$180.

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew_j
    Hello,

    I am writing about our D50 with the bundled Nikon 18-55mm lens. It fell in the case and now the lens does not work. It attempts to fine focus however does not as the camera will not take a picture. Also when I move to zoom in/out its rough and there is about 1/4" of loose play if you manually move press on it.

    Are these lens repairable in general or throwaway? The replacement cost looks like ~$180.
    They're throwaway at that kind of price. It's only really worth sending a lens for repair if it's cheaper to repair than replace. I'd say that lens is cheaper to replace.

  3. #3
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    The lens is probably repairable, but may cost as much as a new lens. Contact Nikon Service to find out.

    You can pick up the "imported" version of the 18-55 DX for $139 at B&H.
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  4. #4
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    Use the $150.00 you were going to...

    use for repair and pop for a new lens. In fact, add a few more bucks to it and may I suggest you grab the Sigma 18-125mm f3.5-5.6 DC?

    Take the opportunity to get something a bit more useful than the toss away 18-55mm.

    I found myself instantly wanting a deeper zoom, when I first grabbed the kit lens (18-55mm) with my Canon 20D. Oh, I still have it, but is sits quite dorment in my bag, as a backup only. For the budget I've limited myself to the Tamron 18-200mm does most of the work, now... giving me solid zoom range, smooth operation and darn nice shots.

    Also, the Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3D DC Aspherical (IF) Lens would do the same. Either the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8... great portraits on a shoestring budget or the Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 utility player. All are about the same cost... $290

    Just a suggestion, but once you go there, you will not look back.

    Good luck... and be careful with that equipment. It's not cheap
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  5. #5
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    Once I got away from my 18-55 kit lens and got something with a little more zoom to it, I started realizing how much fun you can have. I would recommend looking at an upgrade also - you won't regret it.
    Having fun...learning...

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew_j
    Hello,

    I am writing about our D50 with the bundled Nikon 18-55mm lens. It fell in the case and now the lens does not work. It attempts to fine focus however does not as the camera will not take a picture. Also when I move to zoom in/out its rough and there is about 1/4" of loose play if you manually move press on it.

    Are these lens repairable in general or throwaway? The replacement cost looks like ~$180.

    Just my 2 cents about dropping cameras...
    When I am out for an extended time walking around with my camera I use this neoprene wrist strap that attaches fast and easy with velcro and snaps to the other 1/2 that is located on the camera instead of a neckstrap, it's well worth the low cost in case you do happen to have the camera slip out of your hand...
    Bullitt

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  7. #7
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    Thanks everyone for all the responses. I was able to pick up the same lens never used for ~$100 off Craiglist. I will stress to my wife to retract the lens before placing into the case, it only fell approx 1.5' in a soft case off a couch however with full extension I guess broke it.

  8. #8
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    I'll give you $5 for the broken one

    I need a broken Nikon lens that will either fit my D70 or one of the older Nikons. I plan to shatter it and then use it as a prop in a picture taken using my other D70.

    Obviously you wouldn't have to worry about packing it too well.

    Curt

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    You realize this thread is almost 3 years old don't you?
    Dennis

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    Canon 20D


    Georgetown, KY Photographer
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  10. #10
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    ... oh how dated we all are, eh?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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