Equipment repairs – lengthening list
It seems that everything is breaking at once at the moment, often on the same shoot! I guess I should not moan really as I shoot most weekends and rattle through loads of images over the course or a year. I’ve not had any equipment go down on me for a couple of years so I guess I’m due some failures – just more memorable when it all happens together over the course of just 2 shoots.
My trusty Nikon D3 started to act up all of a sudden last weekend and developed a fault. In the studio when taking a shot it would appear to freeze and produce a black frame on the monitor preview on the back of the camera. The main screen on the top of the camera showed Err. This was intermittent to start with and then increased to every 2 or 3 frames. I took the camera out of service and used my backup D7000 to finish the shoot. I’ve shipped the camera back to Nikon service centre using their very easy online booking in form and free postage option. This can be found here on their website
The next thing to fail on that same shoot was the modelling light on an Elinchrom 400FX head. This was self-inflicted as I knocked it over whilst it was on its stand. The first time in 10+ years of studio work that I’ve done that! The flash tube was okay and still worked but the modelling light gave up. I replaced the bulb with a spare, and when that didn’t work I replaced it with a known working bulb from the other light I was using at the time. Still nothing. So I deduced that the it was more serious and internal within the head. So that’s been shipped back to the Flash Centre in London for repair.
Nikkor 24-70 lens
Yesterday, Sat 28th March I was shooting models Donna Austin and Sapphire Blue and the 24-70mm pro Nikkor lens I use started to get really stiff then zooming in and out. It’s a bugger as I use that lens for 99% of my studio work, it’s my real workhorse in the studio. So that’s off to Nikon for a repair too. It’s a shame it didn’t break last weekend, then the lens and camera could have gone back to Nikon for repair together. Below is a shot of a new lens and my tatty one below it. I’m really hard on the grip rubbers and I’ve already had them replaced once on this lens by Nikon. I don’t know why but they tend to get some real heavy use which ends up with the rubber stretching and becoming soft and pliable which then causes it to expand and ruck up coming unstick from the lens barrel. I think it may be something to do with the fact the studio ambient temperature is warm which causes the rubber to be more pliable.