Thursday, September 29, 2016

I Can’t Believe It!-I Fixed My Lens

Nowadays, most items cannot be fixed because the parts are not available, or are too expensive, or there is no one experienced enough to fix it. For example, last month I tried to fix my projector. I needed a small prism-like piece of glass that was one of the lenses. Probably, a five dollar part, but you could only get the whole lens assembly which was $1,500.00 bucks!

When Brent accidenty broke my 55-300MM lens by holding on the focus ring while he was trying to focus, I told myself I was going to fix this lens if it killed me. The hardest part was getting the nerve to take it apart with the many small screws, ribbon cables, and wires. Once apart it was obvious that the small Silent Wave Motor (SWM) was broken. The plastic drive shaft had snapped (see below).


I went on-line and Googled the part and was able to find one for sale in China for $22 bucks with free shipping. It arived in about a week. The most difficult part was soldering the small wires to the ribbon cable, because I had never tried this. Using an aligator clip and holding the wire in contact with the ribbon cable, I let a small drop of solder fall on the wire tip and voila!, a good connection (see below).



Monday, July 11, 2016

Harbor Mountain-Sitka Alaska

Still going through my shots from my trip out west. Here are some more panaramas and trail shots on top of Harbor Mountain.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

After the Rain

Some after (or between) the rain yard shots. I often just grab the macro lens and see what I can find in my own yard (unfortunately, the kids found some hornets).


Friday, June 17, 2016

Harris Brook Conservation Area-Enfield, NH

I drove by this place about a month ago, so I checked it out this past weekend. It is a gem of a place. It is a reservoir that was built in 1905 and used as a water source until he the 1980’s. In 2015 it was set-up as a conservation area with trails created around the reservoir. A parking lot and signs were also added.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Macro Turkey Feathers

As promised some closer views of some turkey feathers. All were taken with Nikon 40mm Macro lens and a few using a reversing ring (lens mounted backwards). Enjoy!