I dropped my LX3 :( (need advise)


PaulKami

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Hi guys, I've dropped my LX3 :(

Although not from a very high height, I've got some scratches on the body, which wasn't a major thing. I checked the functionality of the camera and it seems alright, except the zoom knob...

Initially, it was jammed. After I 'free' it from the jamming (by pushing it into the body lightly), it seems like it's gotten 'rougher" to zoom comparing to last time.

What should I do? :(
 

Snoweagle

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Hi guys, I've dropped my LX3 :(

Although not from a very high height, I've got some scratches on the body, which wasn't a major thing. I checked the functionality of the camera and it seems alright, except the zoom knob...

Initially, it was jammed. After I 'free' it from the jamming (by pushing it into the body lightly), it seems like it's gotten 'rougher" to zoom comparing to last time.

What should I do? :(
Send it for servicing.
 

Diavonex

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You'll probably have to replace the whole lens assemably; it's going to cost you at least $250 to $300.
 

PaulKami

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You'll probably have to replace the whole lens assemably; it's going to cost you at least $250 to $300.
Thanks for the location information, not very far from my house.

I don't think the lens assembly is the problem bah... It's the knob only...

But thanks, I feel better :(
 

Diavonex

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Did your camera landed on the zoom rocker switch or the lens?

Was the lens extended when you dropped the camera?

Have you tried taking pictures after the fall?

Are the pictures sharp?

"Rougher to zoom" may be cause by mis-alignment of telescopic lens or the gear train trying hard to over-come the jammed telescopic lens.

The zoom rocker (knob) only supply power to the micro motor in the lens assembly.
 

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PaulKami

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Did your camera landed on the zoom rocker switch or the lens?

Was the lens extended when you dropped the camera?

Have you tried taking pictures after the fall?

Are the pictures sharp?

"Rougher to zoom" may be cause by mis-alignment of telescopic lens or the gear train trying hard to over-come the jammed telescopic lens.

The zoom rocker (knob) only supply power to the micro motor in the lens assembly.
The lens' length is shortest when it dropped (at full zoom, due to the mechanism of the lens). I took photo after fall, doesn't seems to have any problems.

No cracks on the filter or lens itself. The pictures were still sharp (I took quite a few photos and transfer to my PC to check).

Erm, when I mean rougher to zoom, I'm not referring to the motor mechanism. I'm referring to the knob that one has to push left or right to zoom in or out. Mechanically, it seems to be 'rubbing' against something, that kind of 'rough'.

Nevertheless, I think it's still better to have a service after that. And really thanks for the help :sweat:

In order to get the most accurate answer, give then a call directly. They are located along bt. merah area near the old SAFRA where it used to be.
Thanks, no worries, it's near my house, I'll pay a visit there soon :(
 

Diavonex

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They'll charge you $60 to $80 for the inspection.

Please keep us posted.
 

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daredevil123

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Be sure to get a wrist strap if you do not already have one. And make sure you always make sure the wrist strap is secure before you take any pictures. It is all about prevention.

If everything else works properly, I would just use the camera as per normal and not send it in. However, if you really feel irritated by the feeling of that knob, go get it checked and get a quotation. After that you have to decide if it is worth it to get the camera fixed.
 

Diavonex

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They may waive the labour charges if camera is still under warranty as a gesture of good will.
 

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Be sure to get a wrist strap if you do not already have one. And make sure you always make sure the wrist strap is secure before you take any pictures. It is all about prevention.

If everything else works properly, I would just use the camera as per normal and not send it in. However, if you really feel irritated by the feeling of that knob, go get it checked and get a quotation. After that you have to decide if it is worth it to get the camera fixed.
This is the best advice. I have got a wrist strap when i spotted the danger when mine almost dropped. I would test out the camera with all possible shots and functions (Macro, manual, auto etc...) If all else is good use until there is a need for another camera.
 

PaulKami

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I learnt my lesson :cry: I'll buy a wrist strap...

How much is one anyway, and should I go to Cathay photo to get one?
 

mikeeeey

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second the andy strap.

good!!!
 

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