My 500mm F/4 Is Finally Back From Nikon!

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Almost 4 months ago, disaster struck when the tripod collar snapped on my Nikon 500mm f/4, my main weapon for my wildlife photography (see post here).

Once I found out how to get it to Nikon from Portugal, it eventually made it´s way to Nikon´s service centre in Barcelona where it has seemed to take a lifetime to return.

Yesterday, I had the call from FNAC (Electronics shop and Nikon dealer) that it was ready for collection!

As it’s been serviced, I’m just performing an Auto Focus Fine Tune using Reikan FoCal and good to go! First stop, to try and find the Short Eared Owl I spotted locally.

Calibrating the AF Fine Tune with Reikan FoCal

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500mm F/4 Repair Update – Finally At Nikon!

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Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
You may remember my unfortunate (almost in tears) incident resulting in my 500mm Tripod Collar breaking (see here for all related blogs).

Finally, I received the call I’ve been waiting for, Nikon are able to repair it. Not only this but they are also repairing the “engine” which I assume they mean the motor as they have stated that it’s a little “cansado”, Portuguese for tired. Hopefully, within around 20 days, I will have my main weapon of my arsenal back. At the right time too as the winter visiting birds are starting to arrive.

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500mm Repair Update!

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Following on from my “500mm F/4 Lens Disaster“, I have finally sent the Lens off for evaluation.

A big thanks to Eunice Lopes who contacted me after a plea on Portuguese Nikon Club’s Facebook page. Eunice suggested that I could take my lens to El Corte Ingles (a department store) in Lisbon for them to send off on my behalf.

This got me thinking, if one major seller can do this, can other Nikon dealers do the same? I contacted FNAC (an electrical store) and asked if they offer the same service. Not only do they offer it, but I could take it to my local store in the Algarve. So, the lens is now in FNAC’s possession and I await a response.

However, about 2 hours after leaving the lens with FNAC, AtlantPhoto finally responded to my service request stating that I can actually take the lens to their offices in Lisbon where it would be shipped to their service centre in Barcelona for evaluation and, hopefully, repair.

Therefore, if I have no joy with FNAC, at least I can take it direct to AltantPhoto.

More when I know!

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500mm F/4 Lens Disaster!

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It was enough to almost make me want to cry!

Sitting in the Lounge, I heard a quiet bang from the bedroom, on investigation it seems that one of our (many) Cats managed to open a door to the built-in Wardrobes.

Broken 500mm F/4 Collar
All of my camera equipment is stored in this particular wardrobe and normally right up high on a shelf. However, as there has been some activity around the house (flyby of Short Toed Eagles for instance) I kept both my 500mm f/4 and 300mm f/2.8 standing up ready to grab.

Yes, you guessed it, one of the Cats (who still remains unidentified) knocked the 500mm f/4 over.

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