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Old 18-01-2011, 09:09   #1 (permalink)
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Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

I'm in 2 minds of what to do. I've recently dropped my D300 with my 85mm lens. Now there is no physical damage gladly and the 85mm lens seems to do ok on the D700/D300 and focusses correctly.

The D300 however seems to make a lot more noise when the shutter clicks. It works though. Now, I've tested it by taking this camera to the UK and used it for a wedding and other occasions. In a church with my flashgun on and settings all correct. Just to much noise for my liking. But other photo's come to think of it, seem ok.

I'll go through the settings in a minute to see if I've got my settings incorrectly. I just wonder what it could be.

The costs of repair come at a rather wrong time as I've just spend a lot on gear and dog had to go in to get tumor removed. (He's doing ok by the way )

Just one of those things hey One moment I realised my bag wasn't closed properly as my flashgun fell on the couch, I heard this bang on the floor Anybody can think of what it could be or advice what to do?
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Old 18-01-2011, 09:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

Got any insurance? In the UK, some contents policies will have accidental damage cover. Don't know if the same applies to where you are.

If something is out of alignment, although it is working now, it might lead to bigger problems in the future.
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Old 18-01-2011, 09:44   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

Yes off course I have, and even my husband told me. Just forgot about that I will check on that and see how much my own risk's gonna be. Might as well put both lens and camera in then. Pfheww
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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

What my questions are really is: Could a camera or lens become unsharp by dropping it or add noise in a way? I don't really know how it works with noise too be honest.

I've just tested it, and with different settings shutter does sound normal, but unsharp still and more noise then I think it should have.
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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

You certainly could knock the lens out of alignment - is additional noise associated with focussing? In the same way, potentially you could jarr the aperture control/blades - try selecting a min aperture and pressing the pre-exposure button. Finally, the shutter and mirror assembly is relatively fragile in order to work fast - try switching Live View on/off to see if there's mirror noise.

If the images are looking less than sharp, I'd expect damage to the focus ring assembly - but changing the lens would highlight whether it's the lens or not
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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

You certainly could knock the lens out of alignment - is additional noise associated with focussing? In the same way, potentially you could jarr the aperture control/blades - try selecting a min aperture and pressing the pre-exposure button. Finally, the shutter and mirror assembly is relatively fragile in order to work fast - try switching Live View on/off to see if there's mirror noise.

If the images are looking less than sharp, I'd expect damage to the focus ring assembly - but changing the lens would highlight whether it's the lens or not

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Re: Dropped my D300 with 85mm lens

I took a different lens with me to the UK, so if anything it would be the camera. But if the camera is going then the lens will go in as well.

I'll check it all out when I feel on top of the world again. Atm too many bugs flying around here and feeling rather horrible.
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