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Old Aug 10, 2006, 11:30 AM
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Oh well...trashed a Nikon P4

And I did not even crash!
This is one of those lessons I should have learnt a long time ago; when something breaks, stop and think of ALL the implications before flying!

I was on a commercial shoot flying out of a parking lot with my highly modified SlowStick. Did one good flight but wanted to change the camera angle slightly before taking more pics.
Landed fine, but just before second flight the tailwheel wire snapped clean off.
OK, no problem because I usually handlaunch. Took the pics and came in for a landing....what I had not thought through was how close the camera housing was to the ground now! A landed on some bumpy tarmac and grazed the lens housing.
Lens rotated slightly and will not retract. Local repair centers have not got P4 info & parts yet and they tell me to throw it away! I only got it 3 months ago!
I have got an email enquiry into Nikon to see how much a new lens assembly is.

NOTE: Not after any sympathy here...I take the risk/reward balance into account and I was expecting this at some point!

I'll post a pic of the location later.
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Hey Phil,
Simpathy given anyways.
Oh well like my Grandpa use to say," you can't make an omlett without breaking a few eggs".
We sure do make cool omletts!

Ira
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 11:40 AM
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That hurts. Sorry to hear that.
If the manufacturers only knew what we were doing with their cameras!
My Finepix 360 has had an incident with sand that jammed up the lens cover so it never closes, and it got rained on once while stuck on a rooftop.
Still takes good pics, though!

Brian
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Buy it on AMEX, and you'll at least have 90 days of accidental damage full replacement coverage. Better than nothing at all!
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 01:32 PM
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Sorry to hear about your camera,Im also using a P4 but when I decided to hang it under my lt-25 for front looking video I knew that lens had to get protected...turns out a toilet paper roll fits perfectly around the outside of the lens..so I fiberglass/epoxied that to my camera case mount and left about a 1/4" lip overhanging the lens that isnt in the camera view but will still protect a front blow or catching of the lens housing in your case..Might wanna try it out if you get that repaired..Dustin
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 04:01 PM
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Thanks for the comments/ideas!
Here is a pic of the subject...
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 04:45 PM
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The real important thing.
Did you get "The $hot"?
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 04:58 PM
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Yes....and lost money!
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 05:06 PM
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A friend of mine did something like that with his Nikon 3700 and he pulled gently on the lens housing and it snapped back into place. Very lucky. You might try it very carefully!
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 05:16 PM
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Don't get discouraged, it all comes out ahead in the end.
There is so much pent up demand out there a camera can ALMOST be considered semi expendable.
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 05:26 PM
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Sorry to hear your loss

I broke my Nikon 3700 two times the last one was permenant. I bought a new camera from Ritz and spent the $60 for a two year no questions asked free return policy. I just have to be sure I don't completly lose the thing.
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 09:50 PM
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Consider sending a detailed letter to Nikon explaining what the camera was being used for and how it broke. You may find that they have a corporate heart that will help you with either parts or replacement.

It'll not cost much to find out.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 09:33 AM
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I fixed the lense on my S6 by gently pushing on the high spot on the lense and it cliped back into place. Maybe you could do the same.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Hey Phil,
Nice money shot.
If your serious about the commercial side of this keep in mind if your client is happy you did NOT lose money. You gained a client relationship that should over time make that camera look like," les petite pommes de terre". (Small Potatos)
If you did'nt get just the shot they wanted quickly buy another camera and make it happen. #1 keep that client happy.
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Have you taken it apart yet? It might be fairly obvoius what the problem is once the 100 tiny little screws and parts are laying on the table!

Watch out for the flash capacitor! Yikes~! they kinda hurt!
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