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03-24-2016, 06:06 AM   #16
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Well, I do something stupid at least every day.

As for focusing screen, let's see, scratched one in my K-x and one in my K-30. They are not hard to replace but they are so delicate. Sometimes it feels like if you breath on it the wrong way, it will scratch.

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Let a gust of wind blow over a tripod with a K-7 and the 12-24 on it. Ripped the mounting face off the camera and the lens rolled into a small stream and filled up like a glass of water. At least it didn't roll over the edge of the cliff and fall another 600 feet.
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Ever do something stupid?
No, but I almost did once. I can imagine how you must feel.
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I ruined a Tamron 300mm f2.8 lens.

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I ruined a Tamron 300mm f2.8 lens.
I think that qualifies
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I tried to clean the focusing screen from my K50 using isopropyl alcohol. The focusing screen instantly turned white.
Then I ordered a cheapo split-prism screen from ebay. I could never get it shimmed correctly.
Then I ordered a K-3 focusing screen from Focusing Screens. It's good, but I wish I had ordered from Katzeye while I had the chance.
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I've been watching this thread all day, trying to come up with a reply.
The title of the thread is "Ever do something stupid?"
Well, anyone who answers "no", is lying.
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I ruined a Tamron 300mm f2.8 lens.
How...

03-24-2016, 06:24 PM   #24
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They say the average genius does 7 stupid things a day. The rest of us are a lot worse.

If you ask Tess, she'll tell you she's surprised when I do something smart.
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If you ask Tess, she'll tell you she's surprised when I do something smart.
Norm and 'smart' on the same post, how does that work?

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First it sat neglected in a closet while other things occupied my life for about 12 years, When I got my K5 I hauled it out and and got sick seeing all the mold. In the fall of 2013 I sent it out to Focal Point in Colorado. The owner told me he would give it a go but didn't hold out much hope as the older big glass is very hard to disassemble. Sometimes at the big lens retaining rings tend to bind in place over time. He tried several different things over 6 months, but simply could not get the front of he lens apart.

So I paid him for the cleaning he did get to do (Great job too) and he sent the lens back to me. A few weeks ago I took it out to try to disassemble it myself. The front element did not survive the effort. It was pretty much a lost cause anyway but I should have been more careful how I stored it. Nobody to blame but me.
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Norm and 'smart' on the same post, how does that work?

Watch it young un, I'll be putting you over my knee.

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Watch it young, I'll be putting you over my knee.
Good thing I'm on the other side of Canada...
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The stupid part was putting stuff in a green trash bag.

Moving everything before having our bedroom redecorated:
mrs. monochrome: Is this green trash bag trash?
monochrome: Yep

::Yashica Electro GXN with case and accessories, MX Winder in box, all my chargerplates and batteries, 4 60's and 70's Everready cases, all my film camera User Guides, a couple dozen rechargeable batteries and a P-Touch Labeling Machine::

I didn't figure it out until the battery in my K-3 depleted, the day after trash day.

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I tried to clean the focusing screen from my K50 using isopropyl alcohol. The focusing screen instantly turned white.
My thought process went something like this:

"Oh, there's dust on the focusing matte, I should blow that out with my Giottos. Hmm, it's still there? maybe another round of air is in order. What a resilient little bugger, but nothing a cotton swab and some 90% isopropyl can't fix!"

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Took it to my LCS, who politely informed me that Ricoh won't sell them replacement parts. The tech said on a scale of 10, my dirty-looking smear was about a three. I told him it'd been a 0.5 until I decided to get crafty.
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