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regnaD kciN

(26,284 posts)
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 05:31 AM Jan 2015

Before The Fall (a rant)

Does this look like an $800 photograph to you? Me neither. And yet...it is.

You see, I was beginning a shoot of the Seattle skyline late Sunday afternoon, and started off on the Rizal Bridge. Just after taking this photograph, my teenager asked me a question about setting up their tripod. As I turned around to help out, my camera backpack hit my tripod, sending it and my camera tumbling onto the concrete of the bridge.

As it turned out, the camera itself was fine. However, the same could not be said for the ($800) Sony 16-50mm DT lens, whose focusing mechanism is D.O.A. (Ironically, had it been the camera body which had broken, it would have been annoying, but at least I had a spare body. Did I have a spare normal lens? Nooooooooo.....)

Anyway, the lens is now at the local repair facility, and only time will tell if it can be repaired, or if I'm going to have to resort to shelling out for a replacement. In the meantime, anyone want to buy a photo of a sunset, a skyline, and a lot of interstate traffic for $800? Visa and Mastercard accepted...

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Before The Fall (a rant) (Original Post) regnaD kciN Jan 2015 OP
Ouch! mnhtnbb Jan 2015 #1
I'm so very sorry that happened, and I trust it too will pass. Mira Jan 2015 #2
Unfortunately, it was more of a lesson... regnaD kciN Jan 2015 #3
I'm glad you normalized Mira Jan 2015 #4
Sorry about that. I hope it can be fixed, and if not, you can find a alfredo Jan 2015 #5
The news from the repair center is NOT good... regnaD kciN Jan 2015 #7
All my gear, except for two Sigma lenses are used or refurbed. No shame alfredo Jan 2015 #10
The replacement lens showed up yesterday... regnaD kciN Jan 2015 #15
Oh, my dear regnaD kciN... CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2015 #6
Well... it is a really nice photo. liberal N proud Jan 2015 #8
On the bridge is bad, near the bridge is good. ManiacJoe Jan 2015 #9
Then there was the time I left a lens on top of my Jeep's spare tire and drove off. bluedigger Jan 2015 #11
I've trashed a lens in more or less the same way Major Nikon Jan 2015 #12
uuggg.... belcffub Jan 2015 #13
I've used the supplies that come with the Sensor Scope kit... regnaD kciN Jan 2015 #14
It's a beautiful shot, Blue_In_AK Jan 2015 #16
ouch... handmade34 Jan 2015 #17
Yikes! Sorry! Solly Mack Jan 2015 #18


(22,404 posts)
2. I'm so very sorry that happened, and I trust it too will pass.
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 01:54 PM
Jan 2015

I very much hope you gave your teenager an example of how not to let adversity get you down.

regnaD kciN

(26,284 posts)
3. Unfortunately, it was more of a lesson...
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 03:49 PM
Jan 2015

...in "language NOT to use in public."

But, yes, I did make a high-speed drive back home to get an older "normal" lens (not as sharp, but what can you do?) and back again to Seattle. Missed any chance at a sunset, but was able to get in some night shots, a couple of which will be posted here soon.


(22,404 posts)
4. I'm glad you normalized
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 04:25 PM
Jan 2015

and let the steam die down. I very much look forward to the photographs!

edited to add that I like the one you already posted very much. Beautiful light and graceful lines.

regnaD kciN

(26,284 posts)
7. The news from the repair center is NOT good...
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 06:08 PM
Jan 2015

...basically, enough of the internals are trashed that fixing it would cost almost as much as a new one.

I have a secondhand, supposedly-like-new unit on its way from Adorama, with a 30-day return policy, for considerably less than that. Hopefully, it will live up to its described condition. If not...well, I'll probably decide on a rebuild, as it would still cost a bit less than buying a new one.


(60,113 posts)
10. All my gear, except for two Sigma lenses are used or refurbed. No shame
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 07:46 PM
Jan 2015

in that.

I feed on photographers who suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome. My Lumix 20mm came from a guy who sold it to pay for a Olympus 25mm 1.8. My Oly EPM2 came from a guy who upgraded to an Oly OMD. My VF-4 viewfinder came from a guy that traded his Oly EP5 for an EM1 and didn't need the viewfinder. That ended up saving me about $600.

regnaD kciN

(26,284 posts)
15. The replacement lens showed up yesterday...
Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:34 AM
Jan 2015

It looks virtually in mint condition, and test shots came out looking sharp and with no focusing problems, so it looks like I wound up with a solution that cost me around $460. Still money I would have preferred not to pay, but far better than $800.


(150,714 posts)
6. Oh, my dear regnaD kciN...
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 05:09 PM
Jan 2015

How awful for you!

It just hurts to hear about.

But I agree with Mira: this is a lovely, light-filled photo. I do hope your lens can be repaired and functional.

liberal N proud

(60,518 posts)
8. Well... it is a really nice photo.
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 06:47 PM
Jan 2015

$800 good? Maybe if you had a way to market the print!

I love the color and the distant fog softens it well. I would put that against some of the big names in professional photography.

Print it and title the last shot.


(10,136 posts)
9. On the bridge is bad, near the bridge is good.
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 07:03 PM
Jan 2015

The problem with "on" the bridge is that the metro buses can get it vibrating as they drive over it.

Nice shot though. Bummer about the lens.


(17,115 posts)
11. Then there was the time I left a lens on top of my Jeep's spare tire and drove off.
Tue Jan 27, 2015, 10:26 PM
Jan 2015

Nikon and Sony thank us for our support.

Major Nikon

(36,870 posts)
12. I've trashed a lens in more or less the same way
Wed Jan 28, 2015, 07:13 AM
Jan 2015

Most modern lenses have the focusing mechanism and motor internal to the lens and for whatever reason that's the first thing to go when they take a tumble.


(595 posts)
13. uuggg....
Wed Jan 28, 2015, 08:53 AM
Jan 2015

makes my stomach sick just thinking about it... hopefully they can fix it... I have the same lens on my a77...

I'm assuming you have a Sony SLT camera... you ever clean the sensor... I finally did mine after two years last night but found a smudge right in the middle about a quarter of the way up from the bottom... I ordered one of those visible dust kits last night (I was using the last of my older kit from my konica 5d)... hate the idea of sending it away for cleaning...

regnaD kciN

(26,284 posts)
14. I've used the supplies that come with the Sensor Scope kit...
Fri Jan 30, 2015, 02:32 AM
Jan 2015

...although I understand there are other types of swabs that work just as well. Previously, I used Copper Hill kits on some earlier cameras with good results.

I guess, if you really want to be careful, you could have a professional repair place clean your sensor, but the fact is that they generally just use one of the solutions available to you and me as well.


(46,436 posts)
16. It's a beautiful shot,
Fri Jan 30, 2015, 05:03 AM
Jan 2015

but a shame about the lens. Sorry I don't have $800 laying around.

I'm glad you were able to get a replacement. We had a dropping mishap with my 70-200 a few winters ago, and it cost me over $600 to have it fixed.


(22,774 posts)
17. ouch...
Fri Jan 30, 2015, 09:46 AM
Jan 2015

reminds me of the time I was standing in the Atlantic in knee deep water taking photos and bent over forgetting that I had my $600. 20mm f/2.8 lens in my pocket...

on the other hand... yes, your photo is beautiful and someone out there should pay $800. for it!

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