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Dropped my lens and chipped the front edge not sure what to do about it
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Jun 14, 2019 08:25:27   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Brag about the chip... perhaps concoct a heroic story and be interviewed on Fox News

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Jun 14, 2019 08:27:35   #
lamontcranston
 
If it were mine, I would send it in to be repaired and refurbished. There may be internal damage from the impact that is not apparent to the naked eye. With that visible damage the value of the lens has plummeted. Having it repaired and refurbished would restore it's value. The 24-70 is an excellent lens, and well worth repairing.

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Jun 14, 2019 08:49:34   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


I'm not a Nikon Kid but I dropped my Canon camera several times. This damage may not affect the focusing ability of a lens. It looks as if the exterior plastic housing was chipped and possibly the internal threads. If the focusing mechanism and the motor are fine it's not a big deal. Check out the lens fully. If the internal glass is clear and the shutter blades don't rub against each other, that is a good sign. Use Manual focus a great deal for testing the lens. Fixing this minor damage is cosmetic but could cost a small mint none the less. That is one of the reasons why you use an UV filter and lens hood.
I dropped my wide angle lens in London. Took about an hour to remove it from the body. Then I found out why. I bent the mounting. Had it filed down. The lens works okay. Cameras and lens are designed to take SOME abuse.
If you have some problems buy another lens perhaps a different model.
Rather than this become an expensive paperweight, you can use it as a desk lamp. Check out the video how to make one from either a plastic mug or a broken lens. It's cool.
Happy Shooting!

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Jun 14, 2019 09:13:42   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
LXK0930 wrote:
What makes you think that they repaired your lens? With the damage that appears in the photo, I suspect that they just swapped out your lens for a different one, perhaps refurbished.


Because the serial number, etched in the lens barrel and identified in the lens' firmware, was identical. Besides, if they had swapped out the lens, it would have said so in the paperwork. If they lens was not repairable for whatever reason, they would have told me.

The photo only shows cosmetic damage. The AF mechanism only worked sometimes, it was noisy, the front and rear elements were etched with water and fire extinguishing chemicals, etc - none of that is evident in the image.

They also did a similar repair on the 14-24 F2.8 that was also in the trunk. in that case, they could not save the lens barrel with the serial number on it, so they swapped it for another, and noted the change on the repair invoice.The serial number reported in the metadata is the same as it always was, even though the barrel says differently.

I have no reason to believe that they didn't fix the lenses, or substituted my lens with another copy. Some companies conduct themselves professionally and with a high standard of integrity - Nikon is clearly one of them.

I didn't care - my insurance policy would have covered a new replacement, but that's not who I am - so I opted to have them fixed.


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Jun 14, 2019 09:13:58   #
joer Loc: Northern Illinois
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


Contact Nikon, send the image and ask for a quote. Meanwhile use it until they respond with enough information to make an intelligent choice. Why are you wasting time?

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Jun 14, 2019 09:27:02   #
olemikey Loc: 6 mile creek, Spacecoast Florida
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


I buy and repair/use lenses like this as often as i can get my hands on one (reasonable of course). The repair for this problem is very simple. Beside description I've attached a video link - watch it. YOU CAN DO IT!

The front ring/part you damaged is fairly easy to remove and replace. You take the thin ring up (in front) and there are little tiny screws under it. Remove the ring careully, as you reuse it. Take the little screws out and the damaged front ring comes off w/o pulling the front glass. The part should be available via Ebay/Nikon/parts suppliers. If you have a small set of (tiny electronics screwdrivers like a jewelers kit) you can easily do this yourself. Be careful, you don't want to scratch the lens. Looks like about a 10-15 minute effort, proceeding slowly, much quicker if you've done it before.

Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=0tYLKFUWP68 I believe it is the very same lens. Many Nikon lenses come apart from the front this way. If you don't want to do the repair, you could do the filter attachment, a clear or a UV, etc. If you go to a camera shop, watch the video first so you don't get scammed on total cost, providing there is no other damage (and it may be just fine). If you can't find the part PM me and I'll do a search. There are vendors who have the parts. Good luck with the effort. My $.02

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Jun 14, 2019 09:44:22   #
Rich1939 Loc: Pike County Penna.
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


As long as it still works I would use it unless, or until, it didn't. Have you ever put a dent in your car and continued to drive it?

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Jun 14, 2019 09:58:08   #
frankraney Loc: clovis, ca
 
LXK0930 wrote:
What makes you think that they repaired your lens? With the damage that appears in the photo, I suspect that they just swapped out your lens for a different one, perhaps refurbished.


Serial number?

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Jun 14, 2019 10:00:08   #
frankraney Loc: clovis, ca
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


That's a good lens... Since you say I works fine and still focuses, use it put a hood on it to hide the damage.

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Jun 14, 2019 10:07:12   #
yorkiebyte Loc: Scottsdale, Arizona/Bandon, Oregon USA
 
Gene51 wrote:
They have a scheduled repair cost for refurbishing the lens. Impact damage tends to be on the higher side, but when you get it back it will be like new. I think I paid $400 for a lens that had been through a fire. They repaired all the rubber outside and in, cleaned it, swapped out the front and rear elements, and made it better than new.


HOLY CRAP!! That's a look/story only a TRUE Photographer can show/tell!! ..... Whooohooo!!!

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Jun 14, 2019 10:16:12   #
agillot
 
buy a cheap filter that would screw on the end where the damage is , remove the glass of filter and put in on .now , the lens look like new .

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Jun 14, 2019 10:41:52   #
jeep_daddy Loc: Orange County - CA
 
pego101 wrote:
It's a Nikon 24-70 2.8 older version no vr.
It seems to work and focus ok.
I would hate to part with it for a few weeks.
Anyone have any idea what Nikon would want to repair it?
Or would it be best just to keep using it and not repair it?


A lens hood would have protected it.

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Jun 14, 2019 10:48:56   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
Keen wrote:
What to do about it? Stop shooting drunk, perhaps? I'm Epileptic, and I have never dropped a camera, or lens. What will Nikon-or whomever-charge to fix it? Ask them. If I were you, I would not fix it until I fixed what caused it. Were you drunk? In a hurry? Just clumsy? Were you in a crowd, and jostled by someone else? Were you changing lenses while watching a video, or day-dreaming? Did you get get too excited during your first glamour shoot? Did you have one too many energy drinks before shooting? Figure out what caused you to drop the lens, and do your best to avoid doing that again. THEN fix the lens.
What to do about it? Stop shooting drunk, perhaps?... (show quote)


WTF. OP asked for an opinion about using his damaged lens, not a sermon about not dropping his gear. You were not there and do not know the circumstances of what caused his lens to drop. To infer he was under the influence of alcohol or something else is slanderous.
Just because you never dropped any of your gear should not make you have such a sanctimonious attiude.

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Jun 14, 2019 13:01:35   #
awis01
 
i agree with the person who said no sermons. You don't know what happened. Implying that the op was drunk is not acceptable.

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Jun 14, 2019 13:02:23   #
awis01
 
i agree with the person who said no sermons. You don't know what happened. Implying that the op was drunk is not acceptable. double post. sorry.

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