A few days ago, I was walking in to work when I felt something dreadful happen. My camera bag slid from my shoulder and landed on the concrete below me.
It all seemed to occur in slow motion, just like the movies. I even had time to shout the obligatory "nooooooooo!"
Upon inspection, my worst fears had been realized. The lens and body would never be mates again.
Now, the glass itself was in perfect shape. Barrel, hood, everything seemed intact....except two little pieces of plastic that locked into the body of my Nikon D90. The body was also fine, despite the fall.
My first repair thought was to simply super-glue the pieces back on. That actually seemed to work.....for all of five minutes. Obviously, things had to step up a notch.
Now, I would not recommend somebody actually glue their lens onto the body of a DSLR. It's not a very smart idea. However, I justified my actions being the body was obtained second-hand at a very good price, as was the kit lens. The glass always gave me sharp images, and it seemed a shame to scrap it just because two inches of plastic denied me the option.
I carefully checked the available glues and epoxies at my local hardware store, and purchased a powerful automotive adhesive. Now for the tricky part - applying the super strong glue to the surfaces without totally wrecking anything. Using q-tips, I carefully placed the glue where the body and lens meet, careful not to drop any onto the exposed mirror inside the body of the D90 or the glass on the lens. Then it was time to attach the lens...hopefully for the last time. Since this is my everyday setup, I'm not going to change lenses on the body anyway. Good thing, because now they're fused together!
The most agonising part was the 24-hour cure time, after which I gingerly tested the camera. Yup, seemed to work. Success!
So far, so good...now to test it out in the field!