So, on the first day of our Italian adventure, my Wifey picks up my camera bag and accidently drops my SLR with new lens attached onto the floor – lens first!! Aargghh!!!
I picked it up, turned it around to look at the lens and saw cracked glass. It was devastating 😦 😦 Now, I do use filters on all my lenses, and this is one thing I can recommend to all. A filter is basically another piece of glass that screws/mounts onto the front of a lens. There are ones that change the image either by colour or amount of light coming through, etc. But the most useful purpose I’ve found is to protect the actual lens itself – it’s much cheaper to replace than to buy a new lens.
So I tried to look through the cracks to see if the actual lens was damaged, but I couldn’t tell. I tried to unscrew the filter, but it seemed quite stuck. Eventually got out the pocket knife and proceeded to remove the broken glass of the filter by leveraging it off into the hotel bin (I wonder what the cleaners thought!).
It seemed that the actual lens was not cracked. Whether it was warped or not, I couldn’t tell. Once all the filter glass was out, I tried again to unscrew the filter but I still couldn’t. I think it might have jumped a thread, or warped or something in the impact.
Anyways, lens back on the camera and it worked! The picture looked fine and I used it for the rest of the trip.
Now I’m back in Perth, I googled how to remove the filter. I’ve read some suggestions from using a rubber shoe sole, to rubber gloves, to using pliers to peel it off like a sardine container or buying a filter wrench. The first 2 suggestions didn’t work and I was not going to try to peel the metal filter off with pliers so close the actual lens of the camera, so it was off to a camera repair shop.
It seems the official Nikon repairers in Perth are Hartland Camera Repairs in Brisbane Street, Perth. Literally 1 minute later, the filter was off and for free too! Excellent! It made my day 🙂 I’ll have to get my gear serviced there one day.
So now to buy another 77mm filter…