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 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.