Yesterday, while I was bending over to check an internet connection, my 35mm f/1.4 lens managed to fall out of my vest pocket onto the floor. It wasn’t a long fall, maybe a foot or so. But enough that I was concerned, of course. The newer WR lenses are bulletproof but the older glass is fragile.
I attached it to my X-T2 to see how it was doing and got a dreadful flickering screen in response. The camera remained on but the viewfinder flickers on and dark and on and dark…And goes on for about 30 seconds before displaying “Lens Error” and freezing.
It turns out from my research that this is a sign that the lens isn’t connecting properly. Sometimes when the mount doesn’t connect to the camera body properly this happens. But. My other lens also causes the same issue. Somehow, dropping my 35mm seems to have either damaged the mount of my camera body, infected the software somehow, or…I don’t even know what. I don’t see scratches anywhere, no cracks on the lens or rattling. It was a short fall…Ugh.
So I took it to a shop here in Taipei and we’ll see. I have a trip planned to Hualien on Wednesday so there’s a high chance I won’t be able to take any pictures. And if my X-T2 were to be out of commission for good…I won’t be posting pics for awhile as the budget’s tight lately.
Fingers crossed they can repair it and for not too much money. And before I leave on Wednesday…Guessing one or more of these things isn’t going to happen, though.
Bright side is that I guess I’m glad I didn’t throw down a huge wad of cash for the 10-24mm or 16mm f1.4 like I was thinking about doing. I wanted something wide for the landscapes of Taiwan’s East Coast. Since I’m not a huge wide-angle aficionado I actually picked up a used XC 15-45mm here for super cheap. That way, I can get a feel for what focal lengths I like and if I really like wide-angle, but a higher end lens later. I’d be so pissed if I broke my camera right after dropping $500 on one of those lenses.