Servicing for old Nikkor Lens


plasmacow

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Hi all,

A new member here. I asked around on HWZ and Vr-zone forums but didn't get much help. Basically I have my mom's old camera. Its a old Nikkon FE2 and Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Great condition, but the other day kena spilt raspberry juice (long story). When I wanted to open I realised the rear screws were already in bad condition. Any advice? I was thinking of sending it for servicing but afraid of costs. I can clean the lens myself but the mangled screws and where to get replacement screws are the problem for me.



http:// gallery.clubsnap.com/showfull.php?photo=190613



http:// gallery.clubsnap.com/showfull.php?photo=190614

cant seem to post links to the full image so had to break up the link!

Thanks for any advice!

Neil
 

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Rashkae

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Yes, we have a lot of similar "where to service" threads. We have the usual recommendations for our fellow CS member Fatigue, as well as the camera hospital, etc. Ask for a quotation first, but getting the same camera/lens second hand may be cheaper.
 

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plasmacow said:
Hi all,

A new member here. I asked around on HWZ and Vr-zone forums but didn't get much help. Basically I have my mom's old camera. Its a old Nikkon FE2 and Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Great condition, but the other day kena spilt raspberry juice (long story). When I wanted to open I realised the rear screws were already in bad condition. Any advice? I was thinking of sending it for servicing but afraid of costs. I can clean the lens myself but the mangled screws and where to get replacement screws are the problem for me.

http:// gallery.clubsnap.com/showfull.php?photo=190613

http:// gallery.clubsnap.com/showfull.php?photo=190614

cant seem to post links to the full image so had to break up the link!

Thanks for any advice!

Neil
The old lens more easy for service. Just open the screw and clean it on and only to be take note for slot in and see the aperture ring can be detect or not.

That is.
 

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The old lens more easy for service. Just open the screw and clean it on and only to be take note for slot in and see the aperture ring can be detect or not.

That is.
Rashkae gave you quite a few recommendations already.
Fatique, P&G, Camera Hospital and when all else fail, Nikon?
 

rain5533

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Prince Photogenic said:
Rashkae gave you quite a few recommendations already.
Fatique, P&G, Camera Hospital and when all else fail, Nikon?
But his photo can't see clearly and unknown the happen.

If normal happen can be self repair with clean up.

This is what I done my lens, if very serious then just bring to NSC.

 

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But his photo can't see clearly and unknown the happen.

If normal happen can be self repair with clean up.

This is what I done my lens, if very serious then just bring to NSC.

Sorrie.. i mistook you as TS :bsmilie:
 

rain5533

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Prince Photogenic said:
Sorrie.. i mistook you as TS :bsmilie:
Ha ha I knew what happen on the screw.

He mention the screw has been lose by when during open with screw driver too small and made the track damaged.

Ya that screw is not really can find.
 

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those hardware shops? they seem to have screws of every size possible.. haha
 

rain5533

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those hardware shops? they seem to have screws of every size possible.. haha
He he the screw is something special length and stainless steel some more.

The solution to be grab the same model of faulty lens and swap from it.
 

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Screws of that size... can get from spectacle shops, should have a few lying around. You don't really need the screw to be of the exact length, a bit longer or shorter is still okay. No need to be stainless steel also, any screws of that size should do, unless TS is really particular on the cosmetic outlook.

Just note that the screw should be machine screws and not self tapping screws when you buy.



The above pic show a very generic screw pic. what you are interested in is 'Length' and 'A'. And the screw should be a machine screw which is actually those that you see in the screws for your spectacle or those you see in the photos underneath (something like that, only the screw thread area though)
 

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Screws of that size... can get from spectacle shops, should have a few lying around. You don't really need the screw to be of the exact length, a bit longer or shorter is still okay. No need to be stainless steel also, any screws of that size should do, unless TS is really particular on the cosmetic outlook.

Just note that the screw should be machine screws and not self tapping screws when you buy.



The above pic show a very generic screw pic. what you are interested in is 'Length' and 'A'. And the screw should be a machine screw which is actually those that you see in the screws for your spectacle or those you see in the photos underneath (something like that, only the screw thread area though)
Yes, I agree. But pardon me, there are other screw specs which need to be considered besides screw head, length and diameter...
-Screws have English and Metric System.

-Need to make sure you use the correct thread pitch- Just take for example Rain5533's 18-70kit lens. The mount has 4 screws. One screw is different because it is used for plastic. The 3 other screws are for metal. (for metal, the pitch is smaller) If the wrong pitch is used, it will cause loose thread.

- For the 55mm, the mount screw may not be critical, but an extra mm could be disastrous to other lens (or camera)

- Use good screw. If a weak screw is used, the next time the lens has to be dismantled, the screw head may get damaged easily. Big headache :bsmilie:

Camera technicians usually have dozens of scraps lenses. Either you buy the screw or get them fix your lens
 

plasmacow

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Hi all, thanks for the informative posts! I've actually looked at the suggested places, just not sure whether they got service my 20 year old lens!

I actually service my own lens but the screwed up screw is a headache and i'm too lazy to find the correct screw. I bought it down to Nikon today and they quoted me $80 for servicing. Is that reasonable or should I go for the third party servicers? :confused:

I thought of buying 2nd hand one also but this lens apparently $100-200 one....

Again thanks for the advice guys! :D
 

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Yes, I agree. But pardon me, there are other screw specs which need to be considered besides screw head, length and diameter...
-Screws have English and Metric System.

-Need to make sure you use the correct thread pitch- Just take for example Rain5533's 18-70kit lens. The mount has 4 screws. One screw is different because it is used for plastic. The 3 other screws are for metal. (for metal, the pitch is smaller) If the wrong pitch is used, it will cause loose thread.

- For the 55mm, the mount screw may not be critical, but an extra mm could be disastrous to other lens (or camera)

- Use good screw. If a weak screw is used, the next time the lens has to be dismantled, the screw head may get damaged easily. Big headache :bsmilie:

Camera technicians usually have dozens of scraps lenses. Either you buy the screw or get them fix your lens
Yeah... I agree with what you say, but from TS pic, it seemed that the problematic screw was mounted on a metal mount, hence suggesting the machine screw.

Ultimately, it would be good for TS to dismantle the screws and take down a sample or two to spectacle shops and ask them if they have those screws available. Or use a vernier caliper to measure the length and wideness of the screw, then go to ebay and purchase some. These screws should come in cheaply :)
 

fatigue

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Yeah... I agree with what you say, but from TS pic, it seemed that the problematic screw was mounted on a metal mount, hence suggesting the machine screw.

Ultimately, it would be good for TS to dismantle the screws and take down a sample or two to spectacle shops and ask them if they have those screws available. Or use a vernier caliper to measure the length and wideness of the screw, then go to ebay and purchase some. These screws should come in cheaply :)
Yes, my bad :embrass: a machine screw should be fine.
I got carried away by the camera I'm currently working on. Someone opened a camera and return the screws in the wrong locations. He end up damaging the flexible cables by placing a long screw in the wrong place.
 

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