how would a neck strap have helped in this contrived situation? it
in any event, it's much better to teach the kid how to fall and not get
injured, because they're going to fall at one time or another. cameras
can be replaced. kids can't.
there's nothing wrong with running with a camera. i've done it and have
not fallen down, not that it has anything to do with choosing a harness
over a neck strap, although running with a harness would be easier and
maybe you should learn to not be a klutz.
On Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:02:40 +0000, Arklin K. wrote:
As a summary:
0. Calling 800-645-6687 and spending more than an hour with them, I find:
1. Nikon will sell parts to consumers
2. Nikon will not provide a parts diagram.
3. You have to describe the part, and they will sell it to you.
4. For me, that part number is a "bayonet mount" PN 1C999-601-2 $9.45
5. The filter is apparently a 52mm glass filter
6. People tell me I can get the filter for about $15 mail order
7. Most say the lens will be difficult to fix
8. Mostly because of the circuit board ribbon
9. So I will write up a pictorial DIY to help the next person!
EMOTIONAL ISSUES: (take them with a grain of salt please)
In hindsight, the Nikons I bought from Costco (Coolpix 5000, Nikon D50,
Nikon D60, and Nikon D5000) are all junk cameras; but it's not their
fault. Here is a snapshot of just the broken ones in the top of my camera
box just now:
The Costco Nikons just can't take daily use. I guess they're for
vacations only in good weather and only under sterile conditions (not
normal day-to-day life). For me, I need a camera that can go where I go.
Nothing more complicated than that - but it has to take jostling and
dropping and nudging and bouncing around like any camera should.
Nonetheless, I blame nobody but myself for buying the Costco Nikon junk.
It's all my fault. Plastic is plastic. Plastic is junk. Plastic breaks.
All the time. They don't last a year. However, since I already own them,
I'm trying to fix this one camera (and maybe I'll fix the other four or
five in my camera box if this works).
------- HELP -------
The one open question is how to get a hold of the exploded parts diagram
for Nikon equipment (because Nikon won't supply them!).
Q: Do you know where to get exploded diagrams of Nikon equipment?
While that's probably true, it's undeniable that this teeny tiny piece of
plastic that holds the bayonet mount of my Nikon lens onto my Nikon
camera broke from being dropped a very short distance onto a hard
Also, looking at the pictures I posted, I can't imagine anyone denying
that this is a weak link in the lens mount.
If that weak link were engineered out of better materials, what would
I don't know:
a) What I hope would have happened is ... nothing.
b) But, maybe dropping the camera would have broken something else.
But if (b) is the answer, how the heck do 'war photographers' get their
job done? What I do in daily life can't even be 1 millionth of what they
do with their equipment.
Q: Given I use the camera every day for personal use (I'm an old guy who
isn't jumping out of airplanes anymore so it's pretty tame stuff), what
would you recommend is a sturdy SLR that won't break like this Nikon did?
Arklin K. wrote the following on 7/6/2012 4:13 PM (ET):
1. How about one of these for any of your Nikons?
2. Take your other 3 cameras to a camera repair shop to get fixed. Then
you can sell them on Craigs list and possibly get enough money to buy
your next camera.
OP still needs to avoid dropping the camera or dinging any part of the
lens. A serious blow near the front edge of the lens tube puts
tremendous force on both the lens mount and camera body aperature that
receives the lens. The g forces can shatter a lens element, disrupt the
glue that cements lens elements together, warp or strip finely machined
focusing linkages, etc. The skin may help protect against some hazards,
but it will not protect against careless or abusive treatment. High
quality cameras are precision instruments and can never be fully
hardened unless mounted on a shock absorbing mount inside a titanium box
with fully automated remote controls and a lens window made of
bulletproof plastic or glass.
My suggestion was somewhat tongue in cheek.
I fear, the OP, given his wont to abuse his possessions to the point of
destruction, would find it impossible to maintain most equipment of a
technical nature, be it camera, or car. I think protecting any camera
he might own, either with added armor, or by purchasing a more rugged
and expensive item, would only add minutes to its life given the habits
of its owner.
I realize some people only use a camera on vacation, and for that, the
plastic Nikons probably don't break as much as mine do.
I'm not hiding the fact that I jostle, bump, and drop my plastic Nikon
cameras. They get wet when I take them in the rain. They get sandy when I
take them to the beach. They get cold and wet with condensation when I
take them to Tahoe in the winter. And they get bumped around when I take
I don't deny I take my camera everywhere I go.
But you also can't deny the little tiny piece of plastic that broke off
my bayonet mount was destined to break. It took a small drop onto hard
concrete - but that's all it took to break it.
Looking at the design, it's no wonder it broke.
I know nothing of bayonet mounts. Nothing except what I've learned from
you guys today.
May I ask:
Q: What bayonet mount is made better than this plastic one?
Those cameras were never designed to take that sort of environmental
abuse. You are trying to get Range Rover performance and ruggedness out
of a Prius.
Check on the specs of the cameras you purchase. None of your cameras is
weather sealed, you pay for that.
You are going to have to look at Pro and/or prosumer level cameras
along with their higher cost to get close to what you are looking for.
The D300S has a degree of weather sealing, but not as complete as its
FF brethren, the D700, D800, D3(x), and D4.
It was a piece of equipment never designed to take the abuse you
consider normal. It was meant for a photographer who might actually
care for and look after his equipment.
The mounts on better, more costly and premium lenses.
On Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:56:31 -0700, Savageduck wrote:
This is very true!
My 'next' SLR is going to be weather sealed, whatever that means in
I'll need to look up what "FF" means, but, I'm starting to realize I
probably should have bought ONE expensive (say D700) kit instead of four
cheap ($1,000) Costco plastic Nikon SLR kits (CP5000, D50, D60, and
It looks like a quick google of the D700 puts it at around $2,000, so,
given I can re-use my existing lenses, the math works out that the D700
without lenses is only about twice the D5000 was with lenses.
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