Dammit Dammit Dammit!


Through a comedy of errors1, I have a casualty.

Thankfully, the majority of damage seems to be to the UV filter that was attached to the lens. Unfortunately, the impact (directly onto the end of the lens, with a just a hair of english) bent the rim of the filter, and probably the underlying screw ring of the lens, enough that I cannot detach the filter and check things out more thoroughly. I’ll be sending this to a qualified repair shop.

The camera seems fine, right now. Although sometimes it’s hard to tell if things got a bit jittered up until you’re out in the field and using it.


  1. If you could have been inside my head during the 10 seconds prior to impact, you would agree on the comedy []
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6 Responses to Dammit Dammit Dammit!

  1. Chris says:



    Well, that’s what the filter’s for… but… duuude.

    So now I’m expecting the amazing story of how you managed this… like bungee jumping and two cables broke and you came within inches of the hard rocky ground and just as you were stopped by the third and final cord your camera slipped from your hands miraculously landing softly on the ground but as you ascended it got hit with a golf ball from the nearby driving range.

    Seriously though, make sure the shop double checks the focusing mechanism in the lens for both position and free motion. I whacked one of my lenses out with an impact like that two years ago.

  2. Bill Ruhsam says:

    “Well, that’s what the filter’s for… but… duuude.”

    I’m glad I had the filter on for this incident. It’s lucky, though, because I don’t keep the filter on as a matter of course, I was shooting outside that day and hadn’t bothered to take it off. I am not a member of the school of “leave the filter on to protect the lens”. Maybe I’ll convert, but I’ve yet to need the filter to protect it from the sorts of things that it’s usually intended for: pebbles, elbows, dog noses, etc. Dropping the camera from hip height onto concrete isn’t usually recommended no matter what you’ve mounted on the lens.

    I took a few pictures with the lens on the camera post-crash. Things seem to be working ok. I won’t really know until I can torture test it after they pry the filter off.

  3. Chris says:

    Hmm… well… taking pictures with small children around may change your habits. Must touch big shiny eyeball.

  4. Bill Ruhsam says:

    $170 repair job, and the lens filter is a write off of course (~$50 for that).

  5. Chris says:

    Ouch. That seems steep. Of course it’s obvious that you pay more for your UV filters than I do.

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