Quote Originally Posted by BradleyK View Post
Fixed the 500c/m; apparently a "sync" issue. Got the gist of the problem, but am hard pressed to determine exactly what I did during cleaning/prep that caused the issue...

The F5, for its part, apparently suffered only cosmetic damage (a nice crease along the left front of the body and a battery holder that - glued together - does not align as snugly as it once did). No damage to the lens mount and the electronics all check out. Meanwhile, Nikon in Toronto has yet to render their verdict on the 28-70ED...
Aftermath/Consequence of the 28-70ED's Faceplant:

"Repaired the aperture operation. Replaced the bayonet mount. General check and clean."
Nikon Canada

Total cost of failing to properly tighten leg of Tiltall prior to mounting camera: $411.60
A lesson learned.