Hi there, not sure if this is in the right section but here goes.
I recently rented my first lens while going on vacation. A 24-70 2.8. Due to a number of factors, stupidity on my part, my camera fell, front element first into volcanic rubble, scratching the front element and giving the lens the sticky zoom syndrome.
Does anyone know what Nikon would typically charge to repair? The rental company didn't say but I would like to be prepared! It's a shame as I would have liked to put that cash towards a new Fx lens.
1. If renting, choose insurance.
2. Always put a uv filter on your lens for added protection.
3. Remember if you upgrade your camera from a d90 to something much larger and heavier, also upgrade your tripod so your equipment doesn't just pop off the tripod from the wind of the person besides you who just farted!
4. Never venture up a volcano 10000ft at 4am in the morning without serious amounts of caffeine!
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#1. "RE: Damaged 24-70 2.8" | In response to Reply # 0aolander Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Mon 17-Sep-12 12:35 AM
"Always put a uv filter on your lens for added protection.'
Those who believe a filter will always protect the front element are mistaken. Most likely a filter on the 24-70mm mentioned above would have broken into a thousands pieces which would have damaged the front element just as much as the "volcanic rubble".
#3. "RE: Damaged 24-70 2.8" | In response to Reply # 1kj_fi Nikonian since 18th Jul 2007Mon 17-Sep-12 05:15 AM
I would hesitate to use words "most likely...to thousands pieces" to scare people from using clear filters without also pointing to a test proving the assumption - or the opposite.
I wouldn't drive a car without a windscreen for the most likely result of getting scratches on my face if I get into an accident. Life is full of risks and compromises. Keeping a filter or not is just one of them.
#4. "RE: Damaged 24-70 2.8" | In response to Reply # 3briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Mon 17-Sep-12 05:39 AM
If you're looking for proof, I suggest checking out post #31 in the thread Jerry links to below. His front element was scratched by broken filter glass. I have seen other examples posted at Nikonians too.
Car manufacturers long ago recognised the danger of injury from contact with the windscreen in a crash - hence the introduction of toughened and later laminated glass screens. Unfortunately, we don't get laminated filters (I don't think a polariser counts as "laminated" in this sense)
You're right that whether to use a filter or not must always be an individual decision - made with full awareness of all the facts and risks either way. Stating these facts isn't scaremongering.
Now, let's get back to the question of the likely cost of repair...
#2. "RE: Damaged 24-70 2.8" | In response to Reply # 0
I know exactly what you are experiencing due to my own recent "accident". Read my posts# 31 and 36 of the thread below. It may not be the same lens, but it may give you an approximation of what the front lens element will cost.
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#5. "RE: Damaged 24-70 2.8" | In response to Reply # 0
Whether or not you use a filter, a lens hood will protect both FAR better than either filter or sans filter. Particularly on a lens like the 24-70, where the hood is 2+ inches deep. It has to be one heck of an impact to destroy the hood to the point that anything can even touch the front element. You might think "oh it's only plastic, it'll shatter in a million pieces" but no, that's not what happens. Even if you strip the mounting bayonet, it will tend to ride up around the lens, and unless you hit it EXACTLY straight on with SIGNIFICANT force, it will bend and not break. If you hit it with enough force to really disintegrate the hood, you not only have the potentially of a broken front element, you probably have other elements decentered and you're very likely looking at a bent lens mount on either the lens or the camera.
How much does it take? Well, this summer I tripped and fell on my 60/f2.8 AFS Micro, which has a small but very exposed front element. The hood was mounted, and I had no filter - it was a bright sunny day. The mounting bayonet was shattered into about ten pieces, but the hood stayed roughly around the lens, despite hitting a railroad rail - and a man (me) falling on it from behind. No damage to the front element, but one or more elements were decentered and the mount was bent. That cost $220 to repair. Plus another HB-42 hood cost $33. I know from experience that an HB-40 used on the 24-70 is about the same price range.
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