Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Jammed Lens Saga
Last night I was working on a craft project, waiting for the
paint to dry when I decided I’d run outside and take a picture of the Harvest
Moon. I went out to my back porch, saw
the moon and the clouds heading my way, then ran back in to collect my Pentax
camera, tripod, and my telephoto lens, figuring I had enough time to get at
least a couple of shots before the clouds took over. I took
off my 55mm lens and attached the telephoto lens when I realized something was
really wrong: Normally when you attached a lens, you turn it about 90 degrees
before it locks into place…I had already turned it about 270 and it had not
locked into place…
I tried to remove the lens and my worst fears were realized:
the lens had jammed.
I tried wiggling the lens, but to no avail. The little button you press to release the
lens was stuck as well-I could move it about 90 degrees and it would pop back
up, but no matter how hard I tried, the lens would not come off.
After some more wiggling[struggling], I managed to unscrew
the lens from the mount. *whew* That was
my father’s lens-quite possibly as old as me…damage to the lens would have been
devastating to me. After removing the
lens, I struggled a bit more, then decided to remove the inner ring on the
mount. It didn’t really help so I turned
Ever try Googling ‘stuck Pentax lens?’ 100% of your results will be about someone
attempting to attach an older Ricoh lens to a Pentax body. Yes, my lens is older-but it has a K-mount
and has successfully been attached to my K2000-I’ve got dozens of Moon (and
Sun!) pictures to prove it.
After combing through various accounts and scaring myself
with stories involving wrenches, hammers and hacksaws (yes, HACKSAWS
), I found
a link to the Pentax forums.
particular thread I found did involve a Ricoh lens, but I decided to run a
search in the forums for jammed lenses.
The results were more diverse and I discovered someone who had a jammed
400mm Ashanti Pentax lens.
Turns out I wasn’t
the only one who had this problem… You know the little orange dots that help
you align your lens to remove them?
Normally that should be pointing at the top of the camera-for him it was
I did a quick check on my
lens mount…yep-there was the orange dot-180 degrees from where it should be.
He had done the same things I had done-removed the lens from
the mount and the inner ring-but none of those actions helped the
situation. He ended up putting the lens
back on the mount for a little extra leverage, and after 10 hours of turning
and wiggling the lens, it finally popped out.
Since it was already late, I decided I would work on it
after church in the morning. While I was
waiting for Perseph and Stormy to pick me up for church I decided to try
working on the mount before reattaching the lens. Nope-didn’t happen. After church I reattached the inner ring of
the mount and the lens and began to turn and wiggle the lens like the poster in
the forum had.
After struggling for about 20 minutes, it finally popped
I just about cried-I was so relieved!!!
A quick check of the lens and a few test shots with my 55mm
on my camera revealed that there was no major damage-yay!!!!
Then five hours later I nearly cried again-the Pack won by
Come on, it’s Sunday during football season-you didn’t think
I’d do an entire post without mentioning football at least once did you? ;)
Labels: football, photography
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