Camera Surgery & Lemon Sorbet

You may remember from my last post that my camera stopped working on our day trip to Lake Chelan. My son called Nikon a couple of days ago and they wouldn’t really walk him through anything besides just the bare basics of trouble shooting and wanted me to mail my camera to them. And of course, the basics didn’t fix anything. The “basics” are basically put in place for a monkey. Remove the battery, put it back in…blah, blah, blah. All things any thinking person would have already tried.

The plus is that at least the camera is smart enough to give a warning message and it had something to do with the shutter release. So, armed with that tiny and vague message, I got on the internet and started searching.

Lo and behold, numerous other people have had this issue and there was lots and lots of information. Some helpful, some not. I finally found a page where several people had fixed the issue themselves. So I thought, why the heck not?

See that little red wheel? Evidently it’s what makes the shutter mirror (thingy) move up and down. According to the people on the forum, it’s stuck and Β just simply needs a bit of oil.

So I started the task of removing a lot of little screws and drawing diagrams so I wouldn’t forget where they belonged. It seems that Nikon thinks that each screw needs to be a different size.

Once the camera was apart and I got over the fear that I was doing something horrible and irreversible, I could see plain as day the “red wheel” everyone was referring to. I moved it back and forth gently and sure enough, it was stuck.

I used a tiny paint brush to paint the smallest amount of sewing machine oil on the wheel, moving it around in a circle as I went. Then, held the battery in place, turned the camera on, and clicked the button a few times. Sure enough, the shutter clicked back to its proper position.

Whew! It worked! I was quite proud of myself.

Then I put the whole thing back together in the order that it came apart, positioned myself for a shot…and couldn’t see through the view finder. Hmmm….why is this not working?!? I did everything they told me to do…crappola! Am I going to have to send this thing into Nikon after all? Dangit!

Oh, whoops, might help if I remove the lens cap…Ha!

Now I’m back in business.

Quick Lemon Sorbet

You will need a Vita Mix or other heavy-duty blender.

Juice of 4 Lemons

Zest of 2 Lemons

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup Light Agave Syrup

4-5 Cups of Ice

Add all ingredients to blender in order. Blend until smooth and mixture comes together. Taste for sweetness. I like mine somewhat tart so I stuck to 1/2 cup agave syrup.

15 Comments on “Camera Surgery & Lemon Sorbet

  1. I’m super-impressed. I would never have been brave enough to pull a camera apart. I would be so worried I would put it all back together and have all these spare parts leftover. Great job! I love the lemon sorbet! xx


    • Thanks! It was definitely nerve wracking. But worth it, and I thought, well, if I screw it up I’ll just have to send it in anyway, so why not.

      The lemon sorbet is SO good! I think it would be very nice with a shot (or two) of rum or lemon vodka blended in, as well. πŸ™‚


  2. Oh man! I was on the edge of my seat! I’m super impressed that you were brave enough to fix that camera yourself. Nice work, lady. And the sorbet looks absolutely lovely!


    • Thanks! Your lemon sorbet inspired me. πŸ™‚ Although yours was much fancier and well thought out! Ha! Mine was slapped in a blender like an icey.

      I’m thankful the camera was easy to fix. For some reason it irritated me to no end that it was going to take Nikon 6 weeks to fix it. It took me less than a half an hour.

      Have a great day! ~ April


  3. Wow! When I saw your camera in pieces and your diagram, I thought, this is going to end badly (given my own personal disasters:)! But you’ve done it! Very impressive and just in time to photograph an awesome lemon sorbet!!


  4. That Lemon Sorbet looks beautiful! And glad to hear you figured out your camera troubles! SO much faster than sending it in πŸ™‚


    • No kidding…I hadn’t realized just how attached I am to my camera until it wasn’t working. Ha!

      Thank you for dropping by! πŸ™‚


  5. April, could I use another sweetener besides Agave? Apparently, Agave does dangerous things to your sugar levels if you are diabetic. Thanks, I love anything lemon and sorbet on a hot day is divine! ~ Lynda


    • Sure! You can use regular sugar, honey, coconut sugar, you could probably sweeten it with Stevia too or any other “non” sugar that you like to use for sweetening with diabetes. πŸ™‚ I would just add a little at a time and sweeten as you go, tasting in between to make sure it’s just the way you like it.


      • April, I awarded you the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Seems like there are so many these days, but no matter what you call them, or how you feel about them, the sentiments expressed on my blog are genuine. ~ Lynda
        PS: I forgot to tell you how proud I am of your taking action on that camera. You saved yourself hundreds of dollars I’m certain of it. And yes, you do feel so accomplished after having done it yourself! πŸ˜‰


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  8. Hi there,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Lake Chelan to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
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