So guess what happened. I was out at the local wildlife refuge, when I stumbled in a hole on the main road and went down with my Gitzo tripod on my shoulder. It kind of turned in around me and I ended up landing on the legs, broke one clear off, and proceeded to fall.
That is the good news. My F5, 2x teleconverter and 80-200 AFR f/2.8 went down with me. Whack. So far, all I can tell is that the mounting ring on the lens is bent, but so is the mount on the F5. I assume the teleconverter is not exempt.
So they tell me in this area, that the camera needs to go to Chandler, Arizona for 6-8 weeks. Any better ideas in the Seattle area?
I am going to need a 2-foot by 2-foot square block of foam, to put on the camera from now on. GEEZ, what a run of luck. The bottom line is that I was looking up, searching for Great Horned Owls, did not see any, and did not see the hole in the road, either.
Anybody have an extra $1K note sitting around?
"Today is the tomorrow that yesterday you spent money like there was no."
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About a week ago I was carrying my first grandson up the stairs at home in my right arm, my F5 with 80-200mm AF-S on the left arm. I had a pair of very comfortable shoes that nevertheless feel like those of Bozo the Clown. So I tripped on one step and fell down. I landed on a shoulder and rolled on my back. How I did it I have no idea, must have been some old reflexes that kicked in. Neither my grandson nor my camera or my own head even touched the tough steps. Is September going to be a bad luck month from now on?
Dan, if you have an "all-perils" insurance rider on the camera equipment, they will pay for the repair, or replacement. As for repair, would it not be better to send to Nikon itself rather than a third-party facility? Glad to hear only the equipment broke and not one of your legs or arms.
JRP, glad to hear you and the grandson are ok, as well as your F5. Are you bringing those shoes to Moab?" You ask, "Is September going to be a bad luck month from now on?" Now that you mention it, when we get to Moab, I'll show you what happened at the range yesterday. I do believe the scar will still be present.
Both of these stories remind me of shooting high school football and basketball from the immediate sidelines or courtside. Hence I use a double handstrap on the camera itself. Suffered a few nasty falls and impacts, one which pinched a nerve in my back and neck. Never lost a camera or other equipment though. Was hit enough times to have a few dings on lens hoods and the viewfinder, but no serious damage. Got a few stitches twice.
Feel for your frustration. As for the long time to wait for the repair- Call HAVEL Camera in San Antonio- Authorized Nikon Dealer- He is sure freindly. Maybe has a shorter backlog.
And thank God all (including grandson) escaped unscathed. If any of you had been seriously hurt, the camera would be the least concern....
hey don't that about september 1-there's a great song by earth wind and fire 2-there's a lot of jewish holidays (a lot of vacation) 3- my birthday so happens to be SEPTEMBER 11...uh ,you know what, maybe you're right...