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01/02/2011 02:44:18 PM · #1
So I mentioned this briefly in another thread but I finally have some time to do something about it.

My 7 year old (bless her heart) broke my brand new canon 50mm 1.8 lens. I just got it for Christmas and had only used it a couple times. I was helping her with the junior photographer side challenge and asked her to get something out of my camera bag and she tipped the whole thing over and my lens fell out onto the tile floor and broke completely in half. As far as I can tell it is unrepairable.

I called Canon to see about warranty, they said it wasn't covered. Anyone else have a problem similar to this? How should I proceed, or is it a lost cause? It wasn't a terribly expensive lens only around $100, but I certainly didn't get a $100 worth of use out of it. Plus, with my husbands recent medical bills I don't know if we have another $100 to spend right now.

2010 turned out to be a very unlucky year for us. Here's to a better 2011!

01/02/2011 02:53:31 PM · #2
You probably can fix it. I did the same to mine. I knew it was just popped apart, but I didn't know the trick to getting it back together. Some tips from 31_N.gif Zigomar did the trick. Here's the diagram he drew on top of the photo of my lens with notes and cautions on what to do.
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01/02/2011 02:54:59 PM · #3
Home insurance? Or cover from the purchase method - such as Amex or Visa?
01/02/2011 02:56:46 PM · #4
And if you can't fix it, it makes a dandy Borg costume for Halloween.
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01/02/2011 02:58:59 PM · #5
Go Spiffy!
01/02/2011 03:02:15 PM · #6
50 mm 1.8 lenses known as very fragile. Even small touch to a hard surface would open them up like an egg. So, it's not your 7 year old's fault, it's what it is. I owned one, and sold it before anything happened to it. I carried it like I am carrying an egg, with multiple bubble-wrap.

I think it can be fixed, and after that i think I heard something that you can just tape it to make it little stronger.
01/02/2011 03:11:48 PM · #7
Before you put it back together, you can use the front part of it for the "Magnifying Glass" challenge, so it's not a total loss.
01/02/2011 03:33:26 PM · #8
If you end up replacing it, check EBay and used camera gear places for the Series I 50mm 1.8. It is much better built than the current Series II. It has a metal mount, not plastic like the current version. Build quality is far better.

You should be able to pick one up for around $50 tp $60.
01/02/2011 03:58:31 PM · #9
Ohhh, sorry to hear that. I didn't realise they were so fragile, definitely will be more careful with mine.
01/02/2011 06:16:51 PM · #10
Mine fell and broke too...but it was a while ago. I loved the photos from that lens. <sigh>
01/02/2011 06:25:47 PM · #11
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

You probably can fix it. I did the same to mine. I knew it was just popped apart, but I didn't know the trick to getting it back together. Some tips from 31_N.gif Zigomar did the trick. Here's the diagram he drew on top of the photo of my lens with notes and cautions on what to do.
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Thank you! Thank you! I just fixed my lens! That saved me a $100 bucks! I am still worried about it popping off again especially since it has done it once before. Anyone heard of good ways to reinforce it?
01/02/2011 06:40:20 PM · #12
Glad that worked. I knew posting that info online would come in handy now and then.
01/02/2011 07:12:28 PM · #13
Originally posted by sjhuls:

...Anyone heard of good ways to reinforce it?


I think taping around the lens with some electrical tape (that's what I heard)
01/02/2011 07:38:29 PM · #14
I'd go for hockey tape, or any black cloth tape.
01/02/2011 07:57:23 PM · #15
get some alambama chrome, it will probably help with getting stolen too. :)
01/02/2011 08:17:16 PM · #16
Gaffers tape? No residue when you take it off unlike some of the other tapes. A roll can be picked up online or at most reputable camera stores.
01/02/2011 08:26:59 PM · #17
Does anyone know about how to tape it? It seems like you would have to do a pretty thin line of tape so it wouldn't interfere with the focusing ring.
01/02/2011 10:32:55 PM · #18
don't know about the rest of the world, but here in Western North Carolina, if you need something "held together, there is just one choice -- duct (duck) tape. :P
01/03/2011 01:50:17 AM · #19
Originally posted by MattO:

Gaffers tape? No residue when you take it off unlike some of the other tapes. A roll can be picked up online or at most reputable camera stores.


T'would be my choice. Although I'm quite the fan of Bama Chrome... aka Duct Tape.
01/03/2011 02:13:48 AM · #20
You absolutely, positively, never want it apart again?

Two-part epoxy... Sand the surfaces a bit first to add a bit of extra "bite", and cover what you don't want glued together with tape..

It will not come apart (at least not where you've glued it, it might break somewhere else...)

Be warned, two-part epoxy is nasty crap, and it will stick anything it touches together, it will bond with your skin so well that once it's on you, you pretty much need to wait for the skin to fall off....
01/03/2011 06:18:27 AM · #21
Broken two of those lenses so yeah, they are fragile. But it is always sad to see one bite the dust :/
01/03/2011 06:23:07 AM · #22
If you bought it over the web using a credit card - should it not be covered by the card issuer ? I'm pretty sure that I have rerad that that cover works irrespective of how the damaage is caused. I wo;ldn't try fixing it till I had exhausted that possibility in case you do something that invalidates the claim.
01/03/2011 09:10:33 AM · #23
Originally posted by coryboehne:

Two-part epoxy... Sand the surfaces a bit first to add a bit of extra "bite", and cover what you don't want glued together with tape..

5-minute epoxy is one of the great inventions of the 20th century. It's right up there with vise-grips and zip ties.
01/03/2011 09:28:33 AM · #24
This thread reminds me of a 2010 entry I did.. course mine was a bit more setup and not a opps.

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But I'm glad to hear you got it back together!
01/03/2011 09:33:29 AM · #25
Gorilla glue, with it you can take your time applying where you want, maybe with a toothpick. When done moisten with maybe a Qtip or very light mister, that activates and expands the glue. This stuff is tough we use it to glue plastic textures on steal pier forms for bridges and use them multiple times.
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