What did you break today?

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  1. Newt_on_Swings

    Newt_on_Swings Member

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    Kinda like the fixing thread, but lets face it not everything can get fixed.

    Post your experiences with destruction.

    Ill start off, today I put a huge gash across half a focusing screen while attempting to peel off tape from inside the mirror box of a OM-PC. Tape ripped, tweezer slipped, gash halfway across the screen.

    On the upside, it was a junker parts body I got for only $10, and the screen that was removed is pretty bright inside my om4t, even with a huge black line across it haha. :laugh:
     
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    A couple of weeks ago I got a very nice spanner wrench from SK Grimes to use on a bunch of lenses I have lying around. One was a 135mm Schneider Radionar for one of my Certo 9x12 cameras. The front elements are air spaced and full of haze, so, I thought, why not remove the retaining ring, clean the haze off and then I'll have a great and usable lens.

    Sounded like a plan until I completely stripped the indents on the retaining ring and managed to jam it completely about halfway out. So even though the glass on the lens is fine it is now worthless unless I can find a way to get the ring off, but paying someone to do it will cost more than the lens is worth. Live and learn. Ouch.

    Jonathan
     
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    okay i'll chime in, although now the lens still works as it is when i got it (T, B, and one shutter speed on all settings) but now there's a part of it that is out of the shutter :smile: so i guess that counts as breaking something.
     
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    Trying to juggle two cameras at my grandaughter's high school graduation event a couple of weeks ago, I dropped my F100 on the pavement and broke the lens. I thought the camera was broken as well, but managed to replace a piece of frosted glass that had fallen out and it seems to be working fine, although it has a few scuff marks. The lens isn't an expensive one, and can be easily replaced.
     
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    What did I break today?

    "Wind"

    Ken
     
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    Ken, I'm sure we'll soon be hearing from Fred Latchaw (AKA flatulent1).
     
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    Weston master V died today, didn't break it just stopped working :sad:
     
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    Apparently something on one of my 500c/m bodies: While checking it out (running through the shutter speeds and apertures on my 80 CFT*) prior to taking it out on a hiking trip next weekend, I did something to lock up the shutter. I was able to remove the back to have a look inside but cannot see anything amiss. That said, I cannot remount the A12, nor can I remove the 80mm. Meanwhile the shutter remains open and a large flat pin on the bottom right (looking into the body) protrudes....
    And looking through my other Blad stuff testing it out...my 50mm does not open up: changing apertures on the barrel has no effect. Time for some professional help...
     
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    A Sweat !

    I Moved From Long Island New York, To Hartsdale New York.

    Ron
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    My wallet :laugh:
     
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    Some wind.
     
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    Nothing. I won't be breaking anything tomorrow, either. In fact, it's been decades since I broke anything I was working on.
     
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    As long as it was just a sweat and not your back...



    BTW, it's easier to claim to be a sesquipedalian when you're from Long Guy Land...

    I'm just saying...:wink:
     
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    Nothing, but the day is young...
     
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    Had a slight <ahem> mishap with an open tray of fixer. Ended up spilling 100ml over the box that contains my modem & router. An hour or so later, found my internet connection had gone down.... Rang the hell desk in Bangalore and they diagnosed a "line fault" and would send an engineer out the following afternoon.

    One new modem later, and I'm back :devil:

    Lesson learnt - Fixer and electronics do not mix, so the computers currently in the darkroom will have to find a new home.
     
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    The only thing I broke today was my resolution to never again waste the time telling an internet idiot that he/she is an idiot. I'm happy to report, though, that it was on a different site.
     
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    Bread, with those less fortunate than self.
     
  19. Newt_on_Swings

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    A cane, I bought a new pair for my grandparents. My grandmother got a new aluminum one that was soft and grippy, my grandfather a nice wooden one that I had to saw and sand down to size. Funny you have to cut/break it to make an item useable lol.
     
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    So, to get a fix on the situation- your failure to fix your attention on your fixer and keep your fixer fixed got you into in a fix, which had to be fixed, and now you're all fixed up.
     
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    The piggy bank,

    I just bought an FM3a mint condition :D
     
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    Not today, but a few months back I dropped my Nikon 70-200 VR. I had my F5 around my neck and when I removed the lens I grabbed it just right, on the focus ring, it rotated out of my hand and onto the concrete. Luckily I had the shade attached as it landed on the tripod foot, bounced up and hit again on the hood.

    The only damage is a bent plate where the barrel and tripod plate meet and a scuffed hood. Works fine, just can't use it on a tripod :sad:
     
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    Must be a similar help line I got recently when I rang Directory Enquiries to get the phone number of a friend who lives in a village about twenty miles away from my home, the man who answered the phone at the help centre spoke with such a heavy Indian accent he was all but intelligible, and when I asked him for a number in a village called Burley-In- Wharfdale he told me the place didn't exist and when I asked him where he was he replied " Bangalore".
     
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    I am fed up to here (if you could see me now, my hand would be over my head) with photographic equipment today - quite frankly, i am about to toss the lot in the bin and take up knitting.

    While I don't think I have broken it, today I have found out my Bronica 80mm PS lens has started playing up with inconsistent shutter speeds

    This add's to my list of camera problems over the last 12 months:

    • My flash for my Minolta AF camera's died about a month ago - dead, no warning, just stopped working.
    • My 70-200 F2.8 Sigma lens (for the same system) has a bit of an AF problem when it gets hot - it slows down to a crawl. Spoke to others I know with similar Sigma lenses and it sounds like a common fault, which is a bit hit and miss to get fixed. When the temp is OK, focus works fine.
    • The Bronica 150mm PS lens that I bought off the 'bay doesn't fire a flash. Found out about it around a month or two after receiving it. Works fine otherwise.
    • My Main digital pixel exciter (Sony A700) has an intermittant problem where the control wheel jumps all over the place (but was fixed under warranty)

    Thats it, the next camera I buy will just be a box with a hole in it.......
     
  25. Discoman

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    Today, I am proud to say I broke nothing, apart from some tree branches, but I was paid to do that.
    But last week I could have answered this with an 'almost' broke my leg.
    Bones heal, but glass doesn't. I try to fall in a way that protects my camera. :D
     
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    Yesterday, I validated my habit of always carrying an "excessive" amount of equipment when travelling. While shooting a(n) expected sunrise at Jasper's Medicine Lake, one of the legs on my Tiltall gave way, causing my F5 and the 28-70ED AFS to crash onto the rocks. Battery pack broke and the impact left a crease the width of my forefinger on the front left of the camera, starting just below the "F5" badge. The lens, for its part, has some loosened innards and is frozen open at F2.8 (moving the aperture ring does not change the aperture setting; it appears the lever may be out of alignment). So...after recovering from shock (Nikon in Vancouver will look at both the F5 and the zoom, but I suspect the F5 may be a goner-possibly not cost-effective to fix), I loaded up my F3HP with some E100VS, mounted the 35 F1.4, cursed the Tiltall, and continued shooting...