Where to get parts for a Nikon D5000 SLR, with DX VR: AF-S Nikkor

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012.

  1. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    Is it possible to replace just this tiny ring in the Nikon lens?

    It's a Nikon DX VR: AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens on a Nikon D5000.

    I dropped the camera and the only thing that broke was this tiny piece of
    plastic around the lens (which, unfortunately, holds the lens on the

    I'm not a camera expert but if I could buy the part, I could figure out
    maybe how to install it on the lens.

    In addition, after dropping the camera, I realized I need a lens
    protector (glass filter?) for the outside of the lens. Where best can I
    get one cheap mailorder?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
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  2. Arklin K.

    Guest Guest

    call a camera repair shop and see if they'll sell you the parts. it's
    probably better to have them fix it though.
    and you might make it worse.
    don't get cheap filters. get a multi-coated one, at a minimum.
    Guest, Jul 6, 2012
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  3. Arklin K.

    tony cooper Guest

    Funny you should mention that. I did exactly the same thing with the
    same lens. That broken flange stops the lens from locking on to the
    camera body. It's a very common problem when the camera is dropped.

    I took it to my local camera repair shop and was told that the part
    needed would cost him $70 and he'd add labor to that. He said that
    Nikon charges $110.00 for the repair.

    And, he told me in no uncertain terms that repairing the lens would be
    a waste of money. A replacement lens can be obtained on eBay for
    about $100, and that's a faster and probably cheaper way to go if you
    really want to continue to use the lens.

    I use either my Nikon 35mm prime lens or my 18/200 Tamron lens

    As far as you buying the part, I tried to take my lens apart to see if
    I could do that, but I can't figure out how to do it. It unscrews,
    but there's a doohickey attached that I can't figure out.

    As far as a filter, a lens hood is more protection, but you could buy

    This is a better protective device:
    tony cooper, Jul 6, 2012
  4. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    Where would you get a multi-coated filter and ... what would it do for me
    when all I want to do is protect the lens?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  5. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    Exactly! The lens won't stay tight on the camera without that little tiny
    lip of flimsy plastic.

    Truth be told, this is my third lens in that picture (I have two that are
    broken the same way).

    So I do believe you it's a common problem. That's why there must be a
    common answer.

    Where can we get the part?

    Can we buy the part from Nikon and replace it ourselves?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  6. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    I'll first try to find an exploded diagram of the lens.

    Maybe I'll call Nikon. We can't be the only ones with this problem
    because it appears to be a common problem based on our anecdotal evidence
    and just looking at how and where it broke.

    Must be a zillion lenses out there with the same problem When I work on
    my car, that means there is a good solution ... if we only knew whom to

    Is there a good Nikon camera forum we can ask?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  7. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    Wow. $30 is 20% of the cost of a new lens (at $150 for the lens on

    Something seems wrong.

    How could a simple non-moving low-tech screw on filter be that expensive
    relative to an entire zoom lens?

    From an engineering standpoint, I must be missing something fundamental.
    Can someone clue me in to what is the reason for the huge expense of such
    a simple part?

    Now we're talking bang for the buck!
    - Screw on AGFA 52mm Heavy Duty Rubber Lens Hood APSLH52 $4.50

    It seems this hood will screw onto the lens and that the filter can screw
    onto this hood, right?

    BTW, how did you know that the "DX VR: AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G
    lens" was 52mm?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  8. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    I forgot to mention I prefer, if I can, to buy the part and fix it myself.

    I have two of these broken lenses and would learn on the old one to do
    better on the new one.

    I think I need a good Nikon camera forum. Googling I find these.

    Which would you guys recommend?

    - http://forums.photographyreview.com/nikon-camera-equipment/
    - http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/nikon-cameras-325
    - http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=101
    - http://www.dpreview.com/forums/
    - http://forum.digitalcamerareview.com/
    - http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/
    - http://forums.photographyreview.com/
    - http://www.cameraforum.com/forum.php?s=971e5e3892d2a50db970d4a25bf281b0

    I'd rather post to the best forum for Nikon lens repairs. Anyone have
    experience with these forums above?
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  9. Arklin K.

    Guest Guest

    if you want to protect the lens, get a lens cap.

    if you want a filter on the front all the time, get a good filter
    because a cheap filter will lower the quality of your photos.

    multicoated filters are important because it reduces flare and other
    problems compared to an uncoated filter. that's why your lens has
    multicoating. super-multicoating is even better, but the lens in
    question isn't that great to begin with and not worth spending a lot of
    money on a filter.
    Guest, Jul 6, 2012
  10. Arklin K.

    Guest Guest

    what's wrong is that is a very poor choice. nikon filters tend to be

    a much better choice is this, which was shown on the above link:

    get a used filter if price is an issue. shop around. you may be able to
    get one for less. try ebay.

    for hoya, be sure it's hmc or preferably, shmc. other makers have
    different letter combinations for multicoated. try to stay away from
    no-name brands.
    because it needs to be optically flat and also multi-coated to reduce
    flare and other problems. the filter ring needs to have threads that
    won't bind and jam in the lens, and the ring shouldn't bend if you
    twist too hard. that doesn't come cheap. also, people are wiling to pay
    more money than they should for filters so they're priced accordingly.
    Guest, Jul 6, 2012
  11. Arklin K.

    Guest Guest

    a camera repair shop will probably sell you the part.
    i doubt nikon will sell parts to end users. you will likely need to
    call a camera store or repair shop.
    Guest, Jul 6, 2012
  12. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    I agree. If the lens costs $150, it doesn't seem 'right' to spend 20% of
    that on a simple piece of glass to protect it and do nothing else.

    I already have a lens cap - but I want something on all the time.
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  13. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    I've bought cameras and lenses and a flash unit from the San Jose Camera
    shop on Bascom. After three or four purchases, I realized they're a rip
    off as everything broke within months.

    I don't trust them.

    But if they're the only way ... then they're the only way. But I'll call
    Nikon tomorrow first and report back what they say.
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  14. Arklin K.

    Arklin K. Guest

    Ah, the laws of supply and demand always hold true!
    Arklin K., Jul 6, 2012
  15. Arklin K.

    Guest Guest

    that's why i showed you a $15 filter that's better and you can probably
    find one used for under $10.
    Guest, Jul 6, 2012
  16. Arklin K.

    Bruce Guest

    You need a Nikon NC filter. It is colourless, multi-coated and will
    provide the protection you need.
    Bruce, Jul 6, 2012
  17. Arklin K.

    Eric Stevens Guest

    The filter comes in packaging. Even if _no_ filter is included in the
    packaging it still costs $XXX to get the _packaging_ to the point of
    sale. Adding the filter doesn't add that much to the total cost.


    Eric Stevens
    Eric Stevens, Jul 6, 2012
  18. Arklin K.

    Neil Ellwood Guest

    The filter has to have 2 very accurate plane surfaces exactly parallel
    to each other and then coated with the coating very carefully
    controlled in both compositon and density.

    Neil Ellwood, Jul 6, 2012
  19. Neither the previous comment (supply and demand) nor yours are

    Supply and demand would mean that a demand that is greater than
    the supply would increase the prices until the demand fell off.
    Which has nothing to do with the fact that some people are
    willing to "pay more money than they should".

    The "pay more" statement suggests that the higher priced filters
    are not actually better than the lower priced filters, and the
    price is a "sucker pitch" to make buyers believe that they are
    better despite no difference.

    In fact though, the higher priced filters *are* better!

    How much better is open to question, and in particular whether
    the manner in which they are better is actually useful to any
    given photographer. Regardless of what you would like to
    beleive, it is almost certain that the multi-coating and other
    advanced technology available in high priced filters actually is
    worth the cost to those doing very critical work. Putting such
    a filter on a $150 kit lens may not make any real sense, but
    putting one on a $2500 lens might (or not) depending on what the
    image are used for. Small snapshots for grandma's album probably
    don't need that good a filter to be sure, but fashion magazine
    covers shot at very high resolutions are a different target.

    As to the cost of packaging, all that does is set the minimum
    price of a filter. $10 worth of "shipping and handling" is $10
    for a filter that has a manufacturing cost of $4 just as it is
    for one that cost $40 to make. But 33% profit on one is 1/3 of
    $14 and for the other is 1/3 of $50, so while the MRSP might be
    $18.67 for one filter and $66.67 for the other, the point still
    remains that the cost of those two is mostly due to the
    difference in *quality*.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Jul 6, 2012
  20. Exactly! And the accuracy/care used to manufacture different filters
    can be measured in the resulting images produced, with less flare and
    therefore higher contrast and better resolution produced when higher
    quality filters are used as opposed to lower quality.

    Of course, if a person finds a $150 kit lens acceptable for whatever
    type of work is being done, perhaps less flare and higher contrast is
    not worth $30...
    Floyd L. Davidson, Jul 6, 2012
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