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17 January 2008 @ 04:31 pm

Arrived in Chicago yesterday after a rather pleasant drive. Got out my camera this morning to start taking photos of my friend the_leewit and discovered that the back on my Nikon F100 (you know, the part that swings open to load and unload film) is apparently supposed to be held closed by a couple of small plastic extensions which engage with some corresponding bit on the camera body. That's my guess, anyway. Regardless of the exact details of the mechanism, the important fact here is that whatever it may be or have been, it's no longer working on my camera.

As friend skzbrust would no doubt say were he called in to do the color commentary on this ljcast, "You hate to see that at this level of play."

Me? Well, speaking of color, what I said when I made this discovery was even more colorful than that.

Since the F100 is designed so the back may be easily replaced with a "data back" (which can write date information on the film frame if desired), I thought that perhaps a fix could be easily enough effected at a local full-service camera store, which surely would have either a replacement or a data back in stock. Not so. In fact, having now poked around on line a bit, I've discovered that Nikon has discontinued the F100, along with the data back which would fit it. Fortunately B&H had a used one in stock, so it'll be arriving at home early next week, but that won't help me a lot either here in Chicago, where I was hoping to be able to create some images of near-legendary and prize-winning quality with the_leewit, or later this weekend at ConFusion, where I thought I might have the opportunity to snap another image or two of somebody or other, or perhaps something or other, during the course of the weekend.

Part of me is regarding this as a Bad Omen, and claims that I should simply turn around and drive home rather than continuing to ConFusion, where surely Things Could Only Get Worse. Another part of me does not believe in Omens and such. Time will tell which one wins this particular argument, although one suspects that the part that recommends continuing on to ConFusion will prevail.

Current Location: Chicago
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Geri Sullivangerisullivan on January 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

Even shipping my N70 to you at ConFusion wouldn't help -- the odds of FedEx getting it to you before you left are low, low, low, and it's a strange Nikon to boot. Sorry I don't have an F100, or at least a replacement back, to rush your way.

You're right. At least, this one suspects that the part that recommends continuing on to ConFusion will prevail. It's the curiosity, don'cha know?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)

Awwwwww. Aren't you just a total sweetie to have even thought of shipping me your camera. (But, then, we knew that. Geri = total sweetie. Everyone knows that.)

Sometimes the curiosity runs in unpredictable directions, don'tchaknow…

Stephen Leighsleigh on January 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
As a long-time rock-n'-roller, the obvious temporary solution to me is: duct tape. That'll keep the back sufficiently closed and light-tight until your replacement back arrives.

Duct tape fixes everything.
sethb on January 18th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
I'd suggest gaffer tape instead. It will hold fine, and leave a lot less goo.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)

Good suggestion! (Although, as you've no doubt read, I found a different work-around.) I'd indeed thought of duck tape and dismissed it because of the goo spluge. Where would one go to buy real honest-to-gosh gaffer tape? Might come in handy some time…

sethb on January 25th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Some hardware stores carry it. So do some audio stores (but I don't know of any in Mpls). Or you could get a roll from me, I have a surplus.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

Thanks for the thought, but I decided that'd be too gooful for the camera. An old camera I was less fond of, yes. But still, thanks for thinking.

Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on January 18th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
But when you get there you can get up and walk around ! :)

Lace up and get your butt to the convention! And have some fun for all of us who wish we were there too, please.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)

Yeah, you'd think, wouldn't you?

I think I did in fact have some fun for all of us. Some I can even share at a not so much later date. Just, you know, a more sedate kind of fun, 'sall..

Besides, now I'm really looking forward to Apple Con!

the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on January 18th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
eBay for the missing bit!

ConFusion for the save!

Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)

Shoes for industry, compadre!

A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on January 18th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
re: surely Things Could Only Get Worse
I dunno, this weekend Worse would involve your car full of people-popsicles. Please take Steps to avoid that Fate.

Thank you.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Can't sleep . . .fredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: surely Things Could Only Get Worse

Not sure how many Steps I took, but somehow did manage to avoid that Fate. (Would have been difficult to arrange in any case—there was only just the me in the car and one is usually considered to be at least somewhat less than a car-full. Even when speaking of them small, furrin cars. And of me.)

You're most welcome, kind lady. And thank you.

one_undoneone_undone on January 18th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a bummer. :( Don't let it get you down. Things like this happen; maybe it's not a Bad Omen so much as a hint that you should be relaxing more than focusing on the perfect shot. Perhaps there's a perfect shot out there for someone else, that is waiting for you to be IN it rather than for you to TAKE it. ;)


Have fun anyway. :D
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 25th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

Thank you. Yeah, you're right. Not at all a Bad Omen, just a sign that things were going to proceed differently than I might have expected. If I hadn't already noticed that by that point I really should have. Yes.

Funny how right you are. I did relax. And I didn't focus. And we got some really, really good shots. What's this "perfection" thing anyway? (Though no, a shot with me in it would be more likely to be much less than close to perfect…)

Thanks for the hugs. You too. Indeed, yes, ::hugs::

And I did have fun anyway.

Very much hoping you're the same…

Traceytanac on January 21st, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Did you actually get to Confusion? Did I just miss you? Did I really spend all weekend here and not get to see you? That would suck!

Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 22nd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

Awww, aren't you sweet? Yes, being in the same place for a weekend and not to have seen you, hugged you, etc., would've sucked Galactic Moose through a dirty straw. No, I drove home instead of to Detroit on Friday. Will post explanation RSN.