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08-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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Dropped DA* 16-55

I had a moment of carelessness on a vacation and have already beat myself up.

I have a new K-7 with a brand new DA*16-55 lens. I should have had it around my NECK, but it was on my shoulder. I bent down and it fell to the pavement with the glare shield on/extended. The focus portion is significantly bent and the lens is totally unusable.

Does anyone know if this is repairable?

The K-7 wasn't affected that I could notice. Fortunately I also had the DA* 5-135 lens which worked for the rest of the vacation.

Yeah, I know... it could happen to anyone (just the dumbest ones first).

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08-09-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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That's exactly why I carry my K-7 + DA* 16-50 messenger style on my shoulder and around my neck. Much more comfortable that way. Sorry for your lens. No idea if it's fixable.
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The only thing you can do is to send it in to Pentax and see if it is fixable. They will give you a free estimate on it and you can decide if you want it fixed or not. Sorry for your loss....
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It would be good if you could show us photos/video. If it is still in warranty I suggest you go send it back to Pentax and see if they can fix it.

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Welcome to the forum, but sorry that it had to be in these terms.
Not much that can be done with physical damage to the lens, but as others suggest, take it in for a quote.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rickconklin Quote
I had a moment of carelessness on a vacation and have already beat myself up.

I have a new K-7 with a brand new DA*16-55 lens. I should have had it around my NECK, but it was on my shoulder. I bent down and it fell to the pavement with the glare shield on/extended. The focus portion is significantly bent and the lens is totally unusable.

Does anyone know if this is repairable?

The K-7 wasn't affected that I could notice. Fortunately I also had the DA* 5-135 lens which worked for the rest of the vacation.

Yeah, I know... it could happen to anyone (just the dumbest ones first).

Rick Conklin
My brother had a Canon point and shoot that dropped off the tripod and hit some river rock. Lens area was well damaged. Turned it into the repair center and it looks like they sent him back a new camera, albeit at a significant cost, but it wasn't full cost.

Well worth sending it in, and they may give you a break on it.

Good luck!!!!!!!
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Also, I have an insurance that should cover these kinds of things. It would be a good idea to insure all the expensive and lovely camera gear one has.
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That sux...I dropped my DA* 16-50 a few weeks ago while packing my camera gear for vacation. It is at Pentax right now being repaired. There was no visible damage to the lens but the AF was affected. The estimate for repair was $218...not too bad I guess.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rickconklin Quote
DA*16-55 lens.

I also had the DA* 5-135 lens which worked for the rest of the vacation.
You must have dropped them both really hard - you gained 5mm on the long end of the first and 45mm on the short end of the second. I'll bet you could sell the 5-135 for a really high price, especially if it is rectilinear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nostatic Quote
You must have dropped them both really hard - you gained 5mm on the long end of the first and 45mm on the short end of the second. I'll bet you could sell the 5-135 for a really high price, especially if it is rectilinear.
HA!

You know you look like a famous actor with a name spelled Oprah backwards.
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