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Let camera fall and seem to have lens damage , it will not move or focus

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  • marthaderv Aug 15, 2008

    very honest and helpful thank you
    i did fear the worst when it fell


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I don;t ever like to say this, but I fear that your camera may be kaput. have you made sure that the batteries are still contacting well and the battery door is still closing tightly? If they are, then you should have power to your camera. Does anything happen when you turn it on? I would take it to a camera shop and get an estimate for service and whether it would cost more than a new camera. I don't know what you paid for your camera, but service on digicams is expensive and sometimes it is better to look for a good sale and purchase a new camera. Good luck to you.

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Explaining Camera Focus


Camera: Focus We've seen that a real image is formed by light moving through a convex lens. The nature of this real image varies depending on how the light travels through the lens. This light path depends on two major factors:
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The angle of light entry changes when you move the object closer or farther away from the lens. You can see this in the diagram below. The light beams from the pencil point enter the lens at a sharper angle when the pencil is closer to the lens and a more obtuse angle when the pencil is farther away. But overall, the lens only bends the light beam to a certain total degree, no matter how it enters. Consequently, light beams that enter at a sharper angle will exit at a more obtuse angle, and vice versa. The total "bending angle" at any particular point on the lens remains constant. camera-diagram3.gif
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This is what you're doing when you turn the lens of a camera to focus it -- you're moving it closer or farther away from the film surface. As you move the lens, you can line up the focused real image of an object so it falls directly on the film surface. You now know that at any one point, a lens bends light beams to a certain total degree, no matter the light beam's angle of entry. This total "bending angle" is determined by the structure of the lens.




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I would recommend that you at least let someone at a camera shop take a look at your lens. Or contact Nikon. Here is a list CLICK HERE of Nikon authorized service centers, hopefully you are located near one of these. Or you can call Nikon for some advice. You never know, it may be repairable.

If can live with it as a manual focus lens that probably would be a good solution also. Then you could buy a new lens with the money you would have spent on the repair. Actually you are lucky that the lens can still focus after a fall.

I hope this helped and good luck!

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