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Old Dec 9, 2010, 6:38 PM   #11
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That's fine, as long as you put my address as the "ship to" address. Only problem is that neither of us would get them - any draft on my bank account right now would bounce big-time.

Gee wizz, I just can't get a break.

JohnG - A very good idea about the insurance. I've got enough now invested in camera gear that I can't replace it all. I need to look into the State Farm policy, along with my own home-owners insurance company's options. Thanks for the idea!

Yeah, I probably should look into that too. I found out the hard way that my home owners isn't worth a darn.
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Old Dec 9, 2010, 11:43 PM   #12
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GW....another Arkansan became famous for saying "I can feel your pain," so I won't say that, but I will note that, in my case, it was my beloved DA*50-135. It popped out of a bag I thought was closedwhen I was making a position shift during a wedding. Too many dollars of repair later and I'm still not pleased.

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Old Dec 10, 2010, 6:48 AM   #13
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Hey Goldwinger,

When are you going to open up the lens? <grin>

Actually, I just dropped my Nikon with my Promaster 18-200mm lens on. Camera was ok'ish, but the lens was in bad shape. It would try to focus, but wouldn't fire. (But it would fire on manual no problem.)

Since I picked up the lens for a song, I wasn't about to pay to get it fixed. So when it happened, although I was bummed, I was kinda excited to see what was inside the lens.

I opened it up and low and behold, there was a loose ribbon cable. With the fall, a little plastic clip that held the ribbon cable in a connector had popped open.

I pushed the ribbon cable back in and closed the clasp, popped the lens back on my camera and it was able to "aquire focus" and let the camera fire.

Now, not sure how accurate the focus is, but it seems to do not such a bad job. And now I got a real "hack" lens that has just had its life extended a bit.

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Old Dec 10, 2010, 4:33 PM   #14
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LOL, you got lucky, Glen. If you can call dropping your camera, lucky.
I have opened up a few of my older lenses but, I'm a little hesitant on this one. I contacted Eric, and he said it should be around $100 to fix. Of course he'll have to inspect it to be sure. I'm going to ship it to him and have him check out the auto focus while he's at it. As much as I hate to spend the money, it beats having to buy a new one!
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