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05-19-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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OUCH! Dropped shift lens!

Oh dear, I dropped by new (to me) 28mm shift lens right on the end. Lucky for me the glass is intact. The camera just slipped out of my hand in a farmyard whilst on an assignment (as they do from time time for no apparent reason). But there is now a bit of freeplay in the shift mechanism and the split prism doesn't seem to align at infinity (although I think it might have been like this already).

I tested focus on my K10d and it seems ok, the images are sharp at infinity and and I always use this lens at smaller apertures (around F11) so DOF should account for minor focus errors.

My question is does anybody have an idea on the cost of such lens repairs, my local independant camera shop looked at me as if I was from Mars! I could probably live with the freeplay as I have shimmed it up with some acetate strips which seem to work. My concerne is with the infinity focus issue as I need sharp and detailed images of buildings.

Many thanks, any advice gratefully received,
Karl

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