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What a day I have had! This is going to cause some big headaches!

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  • Member since
    November, 2004
What a day I have had! This is going to cause some big headaches!
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, July 07, 2019 4:28 PM

This weekend I have been at the Yorkshire War Experience Which has had wonderful weather and re-enactment menbers from all over the country.

While of a photographic excursion around the huge site I took a tumble and landed on my camera and lenses. My long lens(Sigma 150-500) just doesn't works any more, or at least the sensor isn't picking up an image and the Nikon 24-70 main walkabout expensive lens took a major hit to the glass at the front and is scratched to hell and there is no way I can take any photos as although the body seems fine mechanical wise and the Nikon lens works Everything needs a stripdown, check and refurbishment/maintainance/repair.

I will have to do this under my insurance and god knows how long it is going to take etc. You all know what these people are like.

This means that I won't be able to post photos of my builds for a while but I will still be working on the Lancaster so there is going to be a gap in progress!


Sorry about this, folks!


  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 07, 2019 4:38 PM

Sorry to learn of your mishap, and while your equipment may have suffered, I hope that you are physically OK. 

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, July 07, 2019 5:22 PM

I am fine. The camera and lenses broke my fall!

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, July 07, 2019 6:43 PM

Glad you are OK. Check with Nikon, alot of their stuff has a lifetime warranty.

My late F-in-L had a favorite pair of Nikon binoculars. After decades of use, although cared for, they just weren't in very good alignment any more.

I sent them to Nikon. They wrote me back with the news that the pair we sent was a treasure trove of hard to get parts, and would we consider a new pair in trade?

A very good pair too. It was a bit of a hard sell, but he went along with it. I have them now.

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, July 08, 2019 2:51 AM

Thanks for this information. I will email Nikon UK right now!

As possible information for other members I will update this thread as things go along.



  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, July 08, 2019 6:51 AM

Sorry for your loss,I can relate a little,I dropped my $400.00 camara on vacation a few years ago.

But cant you still post your build updates with your phone while you wait.Granted they wont look as good but you will still be in the loop

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 3:52 AM

I don't have a mobile phone as I have no real need for one and don't want the distraction or costs.

However, I did find, still in it's carry bag etc, an old Fuji S500 with a card, last used in 2013 according to file dates from photos still on the card. Some new batteries and fiddling about with date and time settings and I do have a useable camera.

However, on looking at the photos on the card I cannot remember at all where the hell I was or what I was doing!

Go Brain, Go!!!

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:43 AM

I have decided to go through my insurers.

the body and lenses will be collected and taken for assessment and repair or replacement.

Looking at the current ranges if they decide to replace the body (I have had it since July 2008) then I would be really happy with the D850 which is the equivalent today.

I do think that the Nikkor 24-70 VR lens is fixable but I have no idea what has happened to the sigma 150-500 lens. It's replacement would be the 150-600 sport version.

I did spend a lot of money when I originally bought them as I intended them to be a lifetime one off purchase!


Let's see what happens

  • Member since
    December, 2018
Posted by Tosh on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:21 PM

I’m sorry to hear of this misfortune.  All the same best of luck my friend.

Your Friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Bandai 1/144 X-Wing Starfighter and a Y-Wing Starfighter.


  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by modelmaker66 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:23 PM


I don't have a mobile phone as I have no real need for one and don't want the distraction or costs.



  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:02 PM

Yes. really!

I am very old school and have no real need for a mobile phone.

If I am travelling abroad I do purchase what is essentially a really cheap pay as you go phone for emergencies only.

Phone home. Boots on the ground. Arrived safe.

Phone home. Just getting on the aircraft. Back at Airport (Time).


That's it! I don't run my life of these smartphone things that people can track you on etc. No need to. My life is my Panzers and my workbench. Sad really but it works!

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:21 AM

All equipment is with the insurers for inspection, repair or replacement.

the D700 body I think is mostly cosmetic and needs a clean, replacement grips and a proper service inside and a check for shock damage.

I have been cheeky and slipped a note in from the camera pleading to be replaced by a D 850!

The Nikkor 24-70 suffered a very nasty scrape across the front glass and several chunks missing from the filter mount and the grip is loose. This should be repairable and also needs a clean and check over.

the Sigma 150-500 isn't made any more and when I bought it 11 years ago was the top of the range. It is a very nice piece of glass and despite a 5-6.3 is a very sharp and fast lens. It is heavy, but a solid bit of kit. No idea why it has stopped autofocusing and transmitting an image to the sensor. It is almost like the lens cap is on.

The current like-for-like replacement would be the Sigma 150-600 OS HSM sport version.

when I get on my PC I will post some pictures taken with that lens.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:59 AM

Aw,James ;

 I feel for you. Just before they confiscated my film at the Challenger Disaster, I realized that the subtle but felt shock wave, knocked my Camera off the platform, The Body was the only salvageable part !

 The lense system was toast. In those days It took forever for insurance to get the job done and the NASA folks took their sweet time sending my camera back too. $2.600 bucks later It worked again. All 35 Millimeters !

 Gotta remember this too.Those were the days of that stuff they called Film .

  • Member since
    November, 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:30 PM

spent part of the morning conversing with the insurance people.

Now the people who inspect these things tell me that the Nikkor 24-70 lens is beyond economic repair to the damage must be more that a couple of chunks out of the filter holder, a scratched front glass and some loose rubber grips so a replacement is in the offing for that.

They say that the Sigma 150 -500 is repairable but I am still in the dark as to what is wrong with it, unless something inside is out of alignment or something.

The D700 body can be repaired. I thought this was the case as it still fires up and just needs new rubber grips and a good clean and service.

Of course, they have passed all the stuff along to their repairers which is an authorised Nikon/Sigma repair place and they will carry out a further inspection and effect replairs etc.

It seems that for the Nikkor lens I might have slightly more replacement options than I thought. It was mentioned that I may choose a different lens and pay the differernce but I already had a £200 Excess to pay!

I might look at getting another coin jar going for some new camera stuff or maybe a go fund me site!!! Trouble is that the pro stuff is expensive!

I may treat myself to a new camera bag!


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