Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


My Camera Took a Tumble

A few days ago I made the mistake of setting my camera, a Nikon DSLR (and my baby), on my bathroom counter while I did my hair before heading out to spend an evening with some close friends.

Of course, it tumbled off the counter and hit the tile floor. My heart sank into my stomach.

The only damage I noticed right away was a crack in my lens filter. One of the biggest reasons I purchased the filter after getting my camera and lens (which cost almost as much as the camera itself) was because I read so many reviews and tales of people who said it saved their lens after a fall or bump.

So far from what I can tell, it did the same in my case. My lens (an 18-200 mm) seems fine.

My camera, however, didn’t fare as well.

Post-fall, there seems to be some sort of debris in the viewfinder. I tried giving it a quick clean but to no avail. The biggest issue (at least I hope it is the biggest) is that the viewfinder LCD information is not working. It was on for a few minutes after the fall but soon all the numbers turned to 8’s, then they started flickering, and now it won’t turn on at all.

Neither of these two things prevent me from taking photos. I’ve checked the quality and things seem to be normal. But I am just weird and can’t stand not having things in perfect working order.

So, that’s why I am trekking into an unknown area of Salt Lake today to take My Precious *Gollum voice* to the ONE Nikon authorized repair shop in the entire state of Utah.

I have no idea what they are going to tell me, but I have a few predictions:

  • “Sorry, we can’t fix it here. You have to send it in to Nikon and wait the million years it takes them to fix things.”
  • “We can fix it, but you will have to sell your first-born and a kidney to pay for it.”
  • “We don’t see anything wrong with it.” (you know, like when your car is making a funky noise and you take it in to the shop but the second you do the noise stops and the mechanic thinks you are making it all up.)

Whichever one of these comes true, I am not super optimistic about what I will be told.

My biggest fear is that I won’t have my camera back in time for Alaska or that I will just have to deal with the issues, take it with me, and wait for something else to go wrong up in the Great North (where I can guarantee there isn’t a camera repair shop within hours of where I will be).

If money were no object I would probably just buy a new camera and keep my D90 as a backup. But if that were my life, I’d probably be sitting on a beach somewhere being fanned by a bronzed male with a palm frond. We can all dream, right?

Anywho, wish me luck in my adventure today. For the sake of this blog, I hope it can be fixed…and soon!