Very Impressed…

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Sent my ageing Canon 16-35mm F2.8L away to The Lens Doctor for repair as it was incapable of producing a sharp image. I was purchased some 16 years ago & Canon wouldn’t touch it. So anyway a mere £239 and the lens has been fixed & returned, and what a job they have done. It has been completely stripped down, cleaned, repaired, parts replaced and returned.

I have shot a few test images and it seems every bit as good as the day that it was purchased. Despite being a heavily used lens, the focus & zoom rings are as smooth as a baby’s bottom. The weather seal has been replaced, in fact it seems a shame to stick my battered old lens hood on it.

I have no connection with The Lens Doctor other than being a very satisfied customer.

The details of the work required is shown below.

Stated Fault: Lens producing soft results /service

Observations: The lens looks in used cosmetic condition, showing small external wear on paintwork and fixings (some small paint wear commensurate with age), there is also slight wear on the lens grips and rubbers. The internal glass has an amount of dust/ debris on all the elements, suggesting there is a slight covering of environmental oils and dust throughout the lens. The Electronics/mechanics of the lens after inspection and test have shown a loose central corrector group carrier, the lens will require to be fully disassembled to re new bushes and to secure loose barrel assembly.

Estimate: The lens requires a complete disassembly for internal repair, replacing the Central Corrector group’s bushes and securing drive assembly. The lens also requires a general service including Clean, Lubricated and adjusted, giving principal consideration to the focus movement, this involves stripping out the entire focusing mechanism system and movements from the lens. Assemble all parts and secure loose Guides and key ways (Corrector Group), and re-assemble internal focusing movement, and I.C. assembly’s new internal bearings/bushing kit, re-align focus, collimate re-centre element groups and calibrate, test back to standard.

PARTS: The lens performance will be seriously affected by the movement of the Corrector Group carrier, which hopefully will be secured by new bearings/bushes, but I cannot ascertain the full extent of wear on the carrier housing until I have entered the lens. Also the lens requires a securing of Guides and key set bearings kit. I have priced for the parts which I will have to order.

  1. Key Guides bearings and bushing kit assembly.
  2. May require Central Corrector group carrier assembly

COST:  Disassemble all function parts Including mechanics and glass, check and inspect internal functionality and Helicoids action. Remove all mechanical assemblies, clean glass and element groups. Inspect and investigate all mechanical lens movements, check tolerances and re-new housing bearings. Re-install Power Diaphragm, Iris motor and drive unit and assembly, check and re-new barrel Key Guides and bearings. Re align and fully re –centre, collimate helicoids and align, calibrate aperture system reassemble, seal and fully test.

TOTALS: For full repair, test and bring back to standard   £239.00

               : Postage and Packing at cost

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Guildford City 1 – 2 Woking FC

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15/03/2017. Guildford City goal scorer Kyie Martin

Guildford City played Woking FC in the Semi Final of the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup last night, despite going ahead in the 23rd minute, they were unable to hold on, conceding a last minute winner. More importantly City gave Woking a game, despite the difference in where they are in the footballing pyramid.

Unlucky City, but they can hold their heads high.

Not Unreasonable…

_PBA3144Just received a quotation from www.thelensdoctor.co.uk for the repair of my 16-35mm F2.8 L USM, which I think is quite reasonable, bearing in mind that I purchased it brand new when it was first released so, in reality, although originally expensive, it owes me nothing.  It has given faultless service since 2001 and for the sake of £300 to repair & service it will be fine for a back up lens, or used behind the goal on a remote.

The work required is

The lens requires a complete disassembly for internal repair, replacing the Central Corrector group’s bushes and securing drive assembly. The lens also requires a general service including Clean, Lubricated and adjusted, giving principal consideration to the focus movement, this involves stripping out the entire focusing mechanism system and movements from the lens. Assemble all parts and secure loose Guides and key ways (Corrector Group), and re-assemble internal focusing movement, and I.C. assembly’s new internal bearings/bushing kit, re-align focus, collimate re-centre element groups and calibrate, test back to standard.

Looking forward to getting it back, as much as I like the 17-40mm F4 L USM that has replaced it, I like the extra stop & the extra 1mm.

Wetter than an Otters pocket

12/03/2017. Surrey Half Marathon. Tony the FridgeDamned that was wet. I was sent to cover the Surrey Half Marathon, and boy did it rain. Fortunately I got there earlier than required, was able to park & photograph the 5k race as well as the half marathon. 4,500 runners, mostly running for charity, including “Tony The Fridge” who broke his own world record for running a half marathon with a fridge on his back.

12/03/2017. Surrey Half Marathon

Anyway the kit is now drying out & so am I, the next job in the diary is AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons on Tuesday night. I hope that the weather improves for that, then on Wednesday night it is Guildford City v Woking in the Surrey Senior Cup.

12/03/2017. Surrey Half Marathon

Can You Tell What it is?

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Arrived home today to find a parcel had been delivered, I wonder if you can tell what it is?

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Yep it is an adjustable stool. Quite expensive for what it is, but it does at least enable the seat height to be adjusted up to 18 inches, which should be high enough to photograph over the top of advertising hoardings that seem to be prevalent at football matches these days.

I hate Sensor Cleaning

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The crud on that sensor

I mean I really hate cleaning the sensors in my cameras, I have aways done it myself going back to the days when I had to practically dismantle a Canon DCS 3 to get to the sensor. So over the last 20 years I have probably had to do it 20 or so times, but I still hate it.

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All clean.

Ipad

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Seeing as on match days I am now using an iPad instead of a laptop to wire images to the picture desk, I decided that I needed something to transport it in and something to assist when editing photos.

So for transporting I purchased a Think Tank case, and to assist with editing a Snap Case with  a rotating handle.

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So far everything works well, images from the camera go to the iPad via a WFT-E6 & Shuttersnitch. Images are selected on camera & sent to the iPad. Once the images have arrived they are automatically renamed and captioned (with a basic caption) and saved to a new directory. If they need editing, then that is done in Photogene and the pictures are then wired to the picture desk.

The great thing about this process is that the edit & download can be done during lulls in the action, no need to swap CF cards or mass-download, just the images that I want are sent to the iPad. This also means that photos can moved every few minutes, which is ideal for live blogging football matches.

 

 

QPR v Cardiff

04/03/2017. QPR v Cardiff City. Action from the Match Yeni NGBAKOTO celebrates

04/03/2017. QPR v Cardiff City. Action from the Match Yeni NGBAKOTO celebrates

Diary job today was Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City, QPR won 2-1 after going a goal down.

 

Bloody Hell!

img_0290aWell that was bigger than I expected it to be…Purchased a couple of items for the studio kit, which will be going on a trip fairly soon. Amongst the acquisitions was a 135cm Deep Octo Box, a 100cm Octo Box, a few grids and various reflectors, barndoors etc. However on delivery of the 135cm box I opened it up and had a bit of a test run, damned the thing is huge.  I know it is 135cm in diameter, but ‘kinell’ it is big.

It’s first run out will be some corporate h&s & 1/2 length photos which should be fun!