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08/13/2008 09:28:23 AM · #1
Hey everybody!

Just got back from a wonderful vacation in southern Utah with my daughter. Vacation was great ... except for the "incident."

My camera bag fell from a modest height (about 3 feet) and hit awkwardly on the corner of another suitcase. Didn't think much of it until I reached in for the camera and pulled out the lens (or part of it) with no body attached. YIKES! The lens was the D80 kit lens (18-135 Nikon, 3.5-5.6 I think). It had come apart just past the camera mount and there were two broken wire strips and a long piece of thin metal hanging with the lens.

Props to Sahara Camera Center in Vegas. Nice people who didn't try to oversell me in my predicament, but got me a perfectly serviceable "off brand" lens to get through the trip (Promaster 18-55).

So, the question now ... is it worth fixing this (I have no idea of what the cost would be) or is it time to answer the siren's call of my glass lust??? I would use the repair money toward something else (open for suggestions for a good lens(es) as a relatively new but excited digital photographer hobbyist. I travel a bit, some portrait/family type stuff and have done some still life/modest macro stuff for challenges (not very well yet I might add!)

Thoughts?

Thanks.

Barry
08/13/2008 10:15:14 AM · #2
One of my first lenses was Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D. It's not the fastest lens in the world, but the range was good, and it suited me from the D100 through the D200. It was a great starter lens for me.

Depending on how serious you are about the hobby, you might want to start a collection of primes. Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
is a nice, fast normal lens, Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D is a beautiful telephoto you'll cherish. If you like macros, Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR is a nice prime, though pricey.

Good luck.
08/13/2008 10:45:06 AM · #3
I'll second that for the Nikon 28-105, it's a reasonable lens.

If you don't mind losing the long end, another consideration might be the Tamrom 28-75 f2.8. It's a whole new world of lens compared to either of the Nikon's mentioned, a really great buy.

As for the one you had, the 18-135 is a plastic mount, right? They don't take any punishment at all.
08/14/2008 12:22:23 AM · #4
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

The kit lens did have a plastic mount and that's right where it separated.

Other thoughts?
08/14/2008 02:13:31 AM · #5
Accidentally breaking a cheap lens is the best excuse for upgrading. Especially if it was the wife or kids who broke it. :)
08/14/2008 01:42:10 PM · #6
If girlfriend counts ... I'm in!

:-)
08/15/2008 12:29:48 AM · #7
bump for evening crowd...thoughts folks?
08/15/2008 01:26:01 AM · #8
Check the mounting ring on the body to make sure you didn't incur any damage there either. I'd assume the lens would break way before the body would notice anything, but better safe than sorry. I agree with stuff breaking being the best kick in the butt to satisfy gear lust though. The way I look at it, if you repair it and stay interested in photography, you'll eventually move up from your kit lens like everybody inevitably does. If you can afford it, the upgrade is probably far more worth your time and money.
08/15/2008 01:40:48 PM · #9
I really don't think repair is worth the money at this point.

There are a multitude of options -- primes, pro glass or, if you want just one lens, upgrade to the 18-200 VR?

Good luck! Buying new glass is fun!
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