Not unlike a surgical procedure and definitely not for the faint hearted… but my wide angle lens is actually working again after a very delicate operation! Ah… but it was touch and go at times during the ‘changing of the diaphragm unit’ procedure where I assisted (brief moments thankfully) resident technical surgeon, OH. I’ll do a follow-up post on our fix for ‘error 99’ shortly.
For regular garden blog visitors, let’s take a brief stroll around a very wet Edinburgh Botanics yesterday with a few lens recovery shots …
Close-up test: Magnolia blooms with raindrops – an excellent first lens test 🙂
Beside the Magnolia, a very bold Robin was happy to take part in lens testing.
At foot level: pretty, purple primula blooms, the rain was getting heavy now!
Longer test: Too wet for ducks in the main pond, look who was spotted though!
Crop test: Heron slowly moving though reeds in the heavy rain looking for food.
Not that I ever doubted OH would take a good shot at replacing the diaphragm unit in my lens but, as with any serious surgical procedure, we knew the risks were high and my lens may never work again.
Why didn’t I put my lens in to a shop for repair? Well, we expected it would be quite costly. Although disappointed, I had just accepted I had lost the use of this lens especially when I read in forums this was a known fault and repairs weren’t always successful. We had nothing to lose really.
I am thrilled to be using this lens in my camera again, thanks to my brave OH! My next test subject for my camera lens will be around my own new wildlife pond. Plants are finally going in and this is becoming a much more fun and rewarding project than I ever expected it to be – and I’ve no wildlife living there yet!
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in April 2014.